Before we dive into that, however, it is probably worth pointing out that there are ‘general’ symptoms for hemorrhoids. It is perhaps worth noting that these symptoms are not only tied to hemorrhoids. They can be tied to conditions which are far worse than hemorrhoids. This is why it is so important that you get yourself checked out if you are suffering from even one of these symptoms:
- Bleeding when you pass a stool. In most cases, you will notice blood on the tissue. In severe cases, you may notice that the blood is in the toilet. This bleeding can be painless. You won’t even spot it unless you look for it.
- If you have itching or any form of irritation in the anal area.
- Pain or discomfort around the anus.
- Swelling around your anus.
- A lump close to your anus. This may be very sensitive or painful. We will cover that in a bit more depth in a short while.
Probably the most common form of hemorrhoids. These are located just inside of the rectum. When they swell up, you will not be able to see or ‘feel’ them swelling up. In fact, it is rare that you will suffer from discomfort if you are dealing with internal hemorrhoids.
The only time that you will really notice that you are suffering from hemorrhoids is when you pass a stool. If you see blood on the tissue or in the toilet, then this is a good indicator that you are suffering from the condition. This blood appears when you strain to pass a stool. This irritates the hemorrhoids, causing them to bleed.
In rare cases, particularly if you do not treat the hemorrhoids, then they may become ‘prolapsed’. This means that they are pushed out of the anus. You will notice them then. These will cause severe pain and irritation. Thankfully, if you listen to the advice that we have given on this page, then you likely will not get to this point. Read more about internal hemorrhoids here.
These are located outside of your anus. These hemorrhoids can be found just under the skin. While you will not be able to spot them most of the time, they can itch and bleed if you strain too hard while you are passing a stool. They may swell up ever so slightly on occasion, but even then, they can be tricky to spot if you do not know what you are looking for. Read more about external hemorrhoids here.
This is the most ‘severe’ type of hemorrhoids. If you are suffering from thrombosed hemorrhoids, then you will know. The pain is quite severe and they are very uncomfortable.
Thrombosed hemorrhoids are external hemorrhoids which have had a blood clot form in them. The pain when this happens is extreme. It will cause the hemorrhoids to swell up. You will notice the hemorrhoids as they will form a hard lump around the entrance to your anus.
If you are dealing with thrombosed hemorrhoids, then it is important that you speak to your doctor as soon as you can as this is something which really needs to be treated quickly before it gets worse.
When should you see a doctor?
Whenever you feel that you have hemorrhoids!
On their own, hemorrhoids are not really a dangerous condition. They are comfortable, but they aren’t going to kill you unless they become infected, and even then, it would be difficult. However, hemorrhoids can be the sign of another condition which does have the potential to be fatal. Just as a note; it is rare that you are suffering from one of those conditions, but it is still worth having the problem checked out just to be 100% sure.
Some people may leave it a while to see if home remedies work on hemorrhoids first. You should notice a positive impact on the hemorrhoids within a few days if that is the case. If the condition does not seem to be improving, then head to your doctor. However, to be honest with you, we recommend that you head to your doctor as soon as possible anyway. That way you have your diagnosis and you are given a small amount of guidance on how you can work on improving the condition.
You absolutely MUST go to the doctor if your stools change in color i.e. to a darker red. This is not hemorrhoids causing the bleeding. It indicates a problem deeper in your digestive system!
The Diagnosis of Hemorrhoids
Generally speaking, your doctor should be able to diagnose your hemorrhoids symptoms with nothing more than a quick glance and asking about your overall medical history. However, they likely will wish to do a further inspection if they believe that a digestive disease is at fault for your condition. For example; they may wish to carry out a colonoscopy. Yes. This may be a little uncomfortable at first, but we promise you that it will be 100% worth it as it will ensure that you are in perfect health.
Once you have received your hemorrhoid diagnosis, we suggest that you start acting to relieve your hemorrhoids symptoms as quickly as possible. While we are not going to into treatment methods on this page, we do suggest that you take the time to start following a high fiber diet as well as invest in a good FDA approved cream which should relieve the vast majority of your symptoms. This will make life a bit more comfortable for you and, hopefully, should cause the hemorrhoids to start to clear up very rapidly.