According to U.S. National Library of Medicine, almost one out of every two people will have hemorrhoids by age 50. This is a huge portion of the adult population. And most will in fact have this condition more than once.
This makes hemorrhoids an extremely common condition. It also means that a lot of people are experiencing discomfort and pain associated with hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoid treatments exist. In fact, it is possible to effectively get rid of hemorrhoids at home with simple everyday natural ingredients.
However, before you can even start treating your condition, you have to know that you have it. And given that hemorrhoids are easier to treat at the early stages, knowing the signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids becomes even more important. Here is what you should know.
What exactly is hemorrhoids?
According to Mayo Clinic, it is a condition that occurs when veins in the lower rectum or anus. Think of it as varicose veins, but for the anal and rectal region.
These veins swell and even develop clots when they are subjected to excessive pressure. This may be due to straining during bowel movements, prolonged sitting or even pregnancy.
Hemorrhoids usually announce their presence with a number of symptoms. Although most people realize that they have them when they start feeling discomfort in the anal region, It is possible for hemorrhoids to exist without causing any symptoms. It all depends on things like the type of hemorrhoid and whether it is inflamed.
The following are the six most common symptoms of hemorrhoids.
#1. Bleeding during bowel movements
If you notice blood in your stool, you likely have hemorrhoids. You may see this blood either in your toilet bowl or on the tissue.
The bleeding that hemorrhoids cause tends to be painless. And if the blood is bright red, internal hemorrhoids are likely to blame.
#2. Itching or irritation in the anus
Itching is a common hemorrhoid symptom. Therefore, if you start experiencing a sudden urge to scratch your anal area, you likely have hemorrhoids. Sometimes, this itching is usually as a result of an infection developing where the hemorrhoids have formed. At other times, it is nothing but the body’s way of telling you that everything is not okay down there — swollen veins and all.
This is a symptom that occurs when an internal hemorrhoid gets prolapsed. Prolapsing occurs when, during bowel movement, you push an internal hemorrhoid through the anal area. The hemorrhoid then ends up protruding outside, a process that causes pain and discomfort.
A hemorrhoid can also cause a lot of pain when it is thrombosed. A hemorrhoid is said to be thrombosed when a blood clot forms inside it. This blood clot restricts blood flow. It also increases the risks of swelling due to the pressure build-up that it causes.
#4. Swelling around the anus
Hemorrhoid tissues swell when their veins fail to function as well as they should. When these tissues get irritated or inflamed, they also swell. As a result, someone with hemorrhoids is likely to experience this symptom.
#5. A lump near the anus
The lump may be sensitive. It may also be painful. Especially if a blood clot ends up forming inside it — it becomes a thrombosed hemorrhoid.
#6. Discomfort around the anal area
Sometimes, you may not feel pain. You may also feel no itching effect. And the area around your anus may not swell. Bleeding may also not occur. But you may just feel discomfort around the anal area. This discomfort is reason enough to seek hemorrhoid treatment. It is likely sign of hemorrhoids.
Most hemorrhoid treatments provide relief from these symptoms. The most effective of them have herbs and natural ingredients that have compounds that alleviate the swelling, itching, burning and bleeding that hemorrhoids cause. This is one of the main reasons why it is always advisable to check the ingredient list of any treatment that you choose to use. Whether it is a cream, an ointment, a sitz bath soak or a hemorrhoid suppository, you have to ensure that it has ingredients that can combat these symptoms.
It is important to note that while rectal bleeding is a common symptom of hemorrhoids, hemorrhoids is not the only condition that can cause rectal bleeding. Anal cancer and colorectal cancer are conditions that can also cause this type of bleeding.
You should therefore consult a doctor if you experience continuous bleeding, if you are over 40 years and experiencing rectal bleeding or if the bleeding is accompanied by changes in your stool’s consistency and color. You should also see a doctor if your experience faintness, dizziness or lightheadedness.