Disputing the fact that hemorrhoids are common is useless. Millions of people are diagnosed with hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, there are huge differences between internal and external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids are harder to notice in the beginning.
The warning signs don’t start showing up until the hemorrhoids are well advanced due to their location. Internal hemorrhoids develop inside the anal canal. This happens just above a network of nerves that are in control of the anal sphincter. Internal hemorrhoids do not cause direct pain because they originate in a low nerve density area. While it may take a while for symptoms to present themselves, there are telltale signs and symptoms that occur before the condition gets out of control. Catching them early will give you a better chance at treating your hemorrhoids successfully.
(6) Bleeding Can Point To Internal Hemorrhoids
One of the most common symptoms of internal hemorrhoids is bleeding. Most people detect anal bleeding while using the bathroom. This can happen by noticing bright-red blood on your underwear or toilet paper after using the bathroom. You may even notice blood in your stool or in the toilet water. Unlike external hemorrhoids, internal hemorrhoids are prone to bleeding for many reasons.
Internal hemorrhoids are a protrusion into the anal canal. The anal canal is typically smooth, but when an internal hemorrhoid develops it irritates the muscle wall, causing bleeding. The anal canal is lined with thin mucus membranes that are very delicate. When the hemorrhoid starts to swell outwards, the tissue overlying becomes thinner. This makes it easier for a tear to occur. Internal hemorrhoids are typically inflamed, causing more blood to collect in certain areas of the anal canal. This makes most people begin to bleed. Internal hemorrhoids consist of swollen veins.
The swelling brings the vein closer to the mucus membrane surface. This alone greatly increases the risk of bleeding. If you notice bleeding, there’s a big chance that you’re suffering from internal hemorrhoids. If you’re experiencing large amounts of bleeding, you need to seek medical attention immediately.
(5) Itching Is A Common Sign For Most People With Internal Hemorrhoids
Another common sign of internal hemorrhoids is anal itching. Internal hemorrhoids get irritated easily. In an attempt to soothe the irritation, your body begins to put out mucus to stop the itching. Eventually, this mucus reaches the outer skin and dries. This dry mucus will begin to itch to a point where it feels unbearable. Internal hemorrhoids can also block your anal canal from closing completely.
Not only is this extremely uncomfortable, but it allows tiny amounts of intestinal fluid and fecal matter to escape. This causes even more irritation to the anal area. One thing you should always remember is never to scratch the area. Scratching will only make the itching worse. You should always wipe the area gently or pat it. Try using unscented toilet paper or pre-medicated wipes, and always wear loose-fitting underwear. If you don’t have pre-medicated wipes at home, try moistening your unscented toilet paper with plain water. Never use scented cleansers, this will only further irritate your condition.
(4) Incomplete Bowel Movements
Another symptom people experience while battling internal hemorrhoid is incomplete bowel movements. When the hemorrhoid becomes too large, your stool will have a harder time getting out of your body. This can cause you to have prolonged bowel movements. If you find yourself taking a long time to use the bathroom, it’s likely that you have an internal hemorrhoid. This issue can lead to infection. When the fecal matter collects around the protrusion, it can leak into open wounds in the anal area. For this reason, you need to strive to keep the area clean at all times. If you suspect you have an infection, seek medical attention immediately.
(3) Feeling Like You Still Have To Use The Bathroom (Incomplete Defecation)
People suffering from internal hemorrhoids not only have incomplete bowel movements, but they also experience the feeling of incomplete defecation. Due to the pressure internal hemorrhoids put on the anal cushion, it’s not uncommon for sufferers to feel as if they still need to go to the bathroom. This is a normal symptom, but it should still be addressed in a timely fashion.
As internal hemorrhoids progress, a soft lump may appear at the opening of the anus. However, this lump will come and go at random. So while you might notice it at lunch time, it could be gone by the time you’ve finished dinner. Prolapsing can be identified by a simple inspection. If the tissue feels moist and soft, it’s likely that you have a prolapsed hemorrhoid. This hemorrhoid can retract during a bowel movement. This means it is at stage two. Stage three occurs when the hemorrhoid comes back out during a bowel movement and retracts when you poke it back in.
Stage four occurs when the hemorrhoids do not retract at all. Prolapsed hemorrhoids are serious. If you have a prolapsed hemorrhoid, you need to see a doctor immediately. This hemorrhoid can lead to muscle spasms in the anal sphincter that will strangulate the hemorrhoid. When the hemorrhoid is closed off too tightly it will restrict the blood supply entirely. This will cause gangrene or an infection to set in. Prolapsed hemorrhoids should always be taken seriously.
(1) Severe Pain
Most hemorrhoids cause minimal pain. However, internal hemorrhoids tend to cause an immense amount of pain. This is due to how large they can grow and the area they are located in. If you’re experiencing excruciating pain and discomfort throughout the day, it’s likely that you have an internal hemorrhoid. Internal hemorrhoids are harder to treat than external hemorrhoids. If you suspect that you’re suffering from an internal hemorrhoid, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Not all hemorrhoids require surgery, but it’s always best to see if you’re a candidate.