Many people who have hemorrhoids are not aware of it. You may be experiencing some symptoms that are common with hemorrhoids but not realize what is causing them. It is important to understand your symptoms and their cause so you can seek treatment, especially in cases where hemorrhoids can lead to other conditions.
Early symptoms of hemorrhoids can be as simple as itching of the anus. You may not notice anything else at first, and notice it only as a passing afterthought. This is the first sign that you have hemorrhoids. Other symptoms that you may experience include:
- Pain or discomfort, especially during bowel movements
- Swelling around the anus
- Painless bleeding, such as blood on toilet paper or in the bowl after a bowel movement
Severe cases of hemorrhoids may also include thrombosed hemorrhoids, which are painful lumps on or near the anus.
Even if you are not aware of any or all of these symptoms, hemorrhoids may still be present. Some hemorrhoids are easily felt, while others are inside the anus and thus harder to acknowledge and treat. When hemorrhoids are severe, the symptoms can be disruptive to your life and become extremely painful and troublesome.
If You Have Symptoms
If you have symptoms of hemorrhoids, you should not ignore them. It is important to seek treatment as quickly as possible to make sure that it doesn’t lead to other problems, such as chronic constipation. Contact our offices today for a consultation and exam if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if they are severe or have been persistent for a long period of time.