Hemorrhoids Symptoms — How to Know If You Have Hemorrhoids


Hemorrhoids is a painful condition that affects millions worldwide since the dawn of man. Yet even today in the modern world, with our miracles of medicine, countless people still suffer this excruciating affliction. A quick search on the internet will reveal dozens of hemorrhoids home remedies and other treatment for hemorrhoids yet most people fail to find a permanent hemorrhoids cure.

What is most important first is to know if what you have is really hemorrhoids or some other medical condition before you decide on the course of action to take.

The term hemorrhoids (also called hemroids or piles) refer to a condition where the rectal veins have swollen, mainly due to excessive strain and pressure. This causes the tissue surrounding the vein to enlarge and protrude, hanging like a sac.

Hemorrhoids can exist internally (internal hemorrhoids) where the tissue hangs from the inner walls of the annal cavity and in more extreme cases even protrude out of the anus (a condition known as prolapsed hemorrhoids), or externally (external hemorrhoids) around the anus opening itself.

The main symptom of internal hemorrhoids is bleeding. This occurs due to the passing of hard stool that scrapes against the swollen tissue causing it to rupture. Most people either see signs of blood on their stool or on the tissue paper that they use to wipe themselves.

The bulge on the inner annal walls also cause people to feel the need to pass motion even if there is no genuine need to. This uncomfortable feeling gets worse as the tissue swells even larger.

External hemorrhoids are easier to identify that internal hemorrhoids as the bulge can be clearly seen around the anus. Left unattended, the blood within the external hemorrhoids will clot and harden (a condition known as thrombosed external hemorrhoids). When this happens, the pain can be excruciating, making it almost impossible to sit comfortably.

Both internal and external hemorrhoids have a tendency to itch because the enlarge tissue secretes mucus causing irritation to the area around it. It is very important not to scratch any matter how you feel you need to as this might cause the hemorrhoids to rupture and bleed.

External hemorrhoids tend to be more painful than internal hemorrhoids especially as it is more likely to get irritated and scraped against round undergarments and due to scratching and mishandling. However, as the internal hemorrhoids grow larger, the pain can get extremely excruciating especially when passing motion and when contracting the anal muscles. When the hemorrhoids prolapses, it complicates the condition even more and cause further pain but in most cases, this can easily be solved by gently pushing the prolapsed hemorrhoids back into the anus.

It is rarely necessary to have a surgical procedure done as treatment for hemorrhoids. Generally, all that needs to be done is proper home care and good hemorrhoids home remedies . A good topical treatment such the Venapro Hemorrhoids Solution helps speed up the healing process and provide you instant relief. Hemorrhoids is never life threatening and you should only consider surgery if you have tried all other non-surgical options.

A word of precaution though. Rectal bleeding, pain and sudden changes to your bowel habits are also symptoms of colon, rectal or anal cancer. If you are over 50 years old and have a family history of any of these cancers, it is best to get a check up done with a physician.

Timothy Kessler