One of the most noticeable symptom of hemorrhoids is that they are often felt. They feel like a small bulge that protrudes from the anal area. When they protrude in this way, they are called prolapsed internal hemorrhoids. A person can have a number of different size and shaped ones. No two patients are alike.
When it comes to size, a hemorrhoid can be larger than a grape. Some are even as big as a walnut. However, most common they are only the size of a garbanzo bean (chick pea).
With some people, they only experience one hemorrhoids while others may have many. If there is more than one, they are usually grouped together.
Hemorrhoids most often are plum colored just liked grapes. Some appear compressed while others look bloated and other may have a crease in them.
The most common hemorrhoids are the ones that protrude from the anus. This type is called an external hemorrhoid and are usually just a single bulge at the rectal opening.
An essential characteristic of hemorrhoids is their color:
• The pinkish-red type are usually prolapsed internal hemorrhoids.
• A bluish or dark reddish type are commonly coagulated hemorrhoids.
• Hemorrhoids that are brown in color are commonly external hemorrhoids.
Other Signs and Symptoms Of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids have been troublesome to patients throughout recorded time. They can cause a person to be irritable and short tempered, to lose focus and to become susceptible in committing errors.
Hemorrhoids can be so stressful to a person. In fact even the dreadful operation of the past was considered worth the pain to try and cease the discomfort the hemorrhoids were causing.
It is interesting to note, that a football championship game was lost by a team because the top player was suffering from a hemorrhoid.
Another common warning sign is that hemorrhoids usually coat the anus, stopping the rectal opening from being observed.
A very irritating symptom of hemorrhoids is that they can result to a person's anus to become itchy, specifically around the rectal opening, this hemorrhoid symptom can also be a symptom of parasitic worms, rather than hemorrhoids, thus a medical examination is needed.
Hemorrhoids can also result to a searing pain, or anxiety around the rectal opening.
Dirty undergarments can be a sign that you have hemorrhoids as well. This hemorrhoid symptom can result to the other symptoms of irritation and discomfort, similar to a diaper rash.
Hemorrhoids can also lead to a sensation of deficient bowel movement. You may have the feeling that you have not emptied your colon, even though you already have. This hemorrhoid symptom is an especially horrible one, since straining to get your feces out that aren't really there can worsen or lead to hemorrhoids. This interruption in the bowel movement is a result of the digestive system being tricked in to believing that the hemorrhoids are actually feces that need to be eliminated.