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
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
- Different types of haemorrhoids have different symptoms
- Normal symptoms of internal haemorrhoids are: bleeding on the toilet paper or in the stool. It itches and feels sore around the rectum.
- 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.
- Hemor*Rite treats both internal and external haemorrhoids in one and the same device
- If you are bleeding from the anus, you should always consult with your local doctor.