7 Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

As either external or internal swollen veins situated in the lower rectum or around the anus, hemorrhoids are far from pleasant and not at all uncommon. Increased age, pregnancy, obesity, and straining from bowel movements are usual causes of hemorrhoids. However, more often than not, the cause for their occurrence is unknown. By the age of 50, at least half of all adults will experience their unpleasant effects.

Also, commonly known as piles, hemorrhoids are similar in nature to varicose veins and can occur both inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or under the skin surrounding the anus (external hemorrhoids). They are often uncomfortable and painful, and accompanied by significant itching. Sometimes, bleeding can also occur if a clot develops within them, in which case lancing and draining by a physician would be necessary.

1. Painful Bowel Movements

Bowel movements are a normal life process, but when they are accompanied by pain, it is natural to feel alarmed. Although this symptom can be related to a variety of causes, it is also a common sign of the presence of hemorrhoids.

External hemorrhoids, in particular, are strongly correlated with painful bowel movements, which often result from straining too hard when attempting to pass stool. To help relieve this symptom, soaking in a tub of warm water or a sitz bath for 10-15 minutes per day can help. However, if the pain is unbearable, recurring without relief, and/or accompanied by blood in the stool, then a prompt visit to your physician is advised to ensure that further complications do not arise and that adequate treatment is received.