Haemorrhoid symptoms

The haemorrhoid symptoms can be painful and a bit scary. When seeing clear and red blood in the toilet or on the toilet paper it’s normal that you find this worrying. It always good to let a doctor take a look at the haemorrhoids and do a medical diagnosis of your situation.

As you might know now there are internal and external haemorrhoids. The different types have different symptoms, but the treatment is similar.

Symptoms of external haemorrhoids

Blood is also a usual symptom for external haemorrhoids, after a visit to the toilet with hard stool.
Pain in the colon and anus are the most usual symptoms of external haemorrhoids.
Blood gather in small, inflamed blood vessels, which create hard lumps you can feel.

The latter is called thrombosed haemorrhoids because the blood actually creates a plug in the vein. The blood plug in the haemorrhoid can cause pain and a visible lump on the anus and surgery can be needed to remove the lump.

With laxative products or food high on fibre you can make the stool softer, and it can pass through the anus easier. A change in the diet can help ease the pain and the bleeding that are caused by external haemorrhoids

Symptoms of internal haemorrhoid

Normal symptoms of internal haemorrhoids are:

  • Blood on the toilet paper or in the stool.
  • It itches and you feel sore around the rectum.
  • You experience that stool and mucous leaks out.
  • You feel that something is coming out from the rectum.
  • You feel like you are not done after toilet visits .

Describing the symptoms of haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoids usually show themselves through blood on the toilet paper. If you are noticing bleeding from the rectum, clear blood not mixed with stool, haemorrhoids can be the cause. It can be light red blood on the paper when drying after a visit to the toilet or even blood stains in the toilet. In some cases, a more substantial bleeding can emerge when on the toilet. Its cracked haemorrhoids that cause the bleeding.

Other particular symptoms are pain, soaring, itchiness and mucous in the stool. It can also itch around the rectum or can hurt when emptying the colon. The sore feeling can come from the colon mucous membrane, which has been irritated and small cracks have occurred.

Sometimes gas, stool or mucous can leak involuntarily, because the rectum does not close properly. Bigger haemorrhoids excrete a whole lot of mucous that contributes to itchiness and red, swollen tissue.

It can also feel like you need to defecate more after a visit to the toilet. This is because of the haemorrhoid in the end of the rectum, which is misunderstood as stool that wants to pass through. Bigger internal haemorrhoids often cause this problem. When you push, the haemorrhoids can creep forward and you can even feel them with your fingertips. Sometimes you can push the haemorrhoids back inside. Big haemorrhoids can be hard or even impossible to push back inside, and at the same time be very painful. Here Hemor*Rite can help, in a very hygienic way, to push back the haemorrhoids inside the anus and the sphincter.

Pain is common when having haemorrhoids

Unpleasantness and some bleeding can be an indication of internal haemorrhoids that you are not aware of or can see. You can bleed without pain from an internal haemorrhoid. It is first when the haemorrhoids pops out of the anus you feel pain. This is because the swollen vein is exposed to mechanic force and tension, when the stool is passing and you clean yourself after a visit to the toilet.

Is it something else than haemorrhoids?

It is important to notice that darker blood or blood that looks like coffee grounds, is an indicator of other symptoms, the bleeding probably coming from further up in the gastro-intestine tract.

Bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract and a change in the bowel movement can be symptoms of anal-, rectal- and colon cancer. Other signs, like weight loss and tiredness, together with bleeding, can be caused by cancer

Anal cracks in the anus are called anal fissures and can cause bleeding, and anal fistulas. A rectocele, or a situation where the colon comes out of the anus, can cause bleeding, but you could probably feel the colon when it pushes forward.

Finally, the adenoids in the colon, or developing tumours, can cause bleeding.

Inflammatory bowel diseases, like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, can also cause pain and bright red blood in the toilet.

If you are bleeding from the anus, you should therefore always consult with your local doctor. The doctor should examine the bowel and the mucous membrane in the colon and the colon channel. It’s important to eliminate that the bleeding is caused by other more severe changes that demands special treatment and attention.

Quick facts about haemorrhoid symptoms

  1. Different types of haemorrhoids have different symptoms
  2. Normal symptoms of internal haemorrhoids are: bleeding on the toilet paper or in the stool. It itches and feels sore around the rectum.
  3. Pain in the colon and anus are the most usual symptoms of external haemorrhoids. Blood can gather in the small, inflamed blood vessels, which creates a hard lump.
  4. Hemor*Rite treats both internal and external haemorrhoids in one and the same device
  5. If you are bleeding from the anus, you should always consult with your local doctor.