Hemorrhoid symptoms can vary from person to person, and the severity of symptoms can range from mild to more severe. While the exact experience of symptoms can differ, here are some of the potentially challenging or bothersome symptoms that people with hemorrhoids may encounter:
- Intense pain: Severe pain can be associated with thrombosed hemorrhoids, which occur when a blood clot forms within an external hemorrhoid. The pain is often described as sharp, throbbing, or intense, and it can make sitting, standing, or bowel movements particularly uncomfortable.
- Excessive bleeding: Hemorrhoids can cause bleeding during or after bowel movements. The blood is typically bright red and may be seen on toilet paper, in the toilet bowl, or coating the stool. While bleeding is common with hemorrhoids, heavy or persistent bleeding can be distressing and may require medical attention.
- Prolapse: Hemorrhoids can prolapse, meaning they can protrude from the anus. Prolapsed hemorrhoids can cause a sensation of a lump or swelling around the anus. In more severe cases, the prolapsed hemorrhoids may not retract or be difficult to push back inside the anus.
- Itching and irritation: Hemorrhoids can lead to itching and irritation in the anal area. This can be caused by mucus discharge from the hemorrhoids, skin irritation, or the presence of stool residue. Persistent itching can be distressing and interfere with daily activities.
- Discomfort or pressure: Hemorrhoids can cause a feeling of discomfort, heaviness, or pressure in the anal area. This sensation can worsen during or after bowel movements and may persist throughout the day.
It’s important to note that not everyone with hemorrhoids will experience all of these symptoms, and the severity of symptoms can vary. If you are experiencing bothersome symptoms or if your symptoms are affecting your quality of life, it is recommended to seek medical attention. A healthcare professional can provide a proper diagnosis, offer appropriate treatment options, and help alleviate your symptoms.