Do you have hemorrhoids? Not sure? If you have or think that you may have hemorrhoids, your first step should be to evaluate your symptoms. By learning what symptoms you are exhibiting, you can evaluate what sort of care and treatment you need. There are several different symptoms of hemorrhoids.

The most common symptom of hemorrhoids is bleeding. Sometimes bleeding only occurs when the hemorrhoids initially appear. Most of the time, if you have hemorrhoids, you will notice blood on your stool. You may also notice blood on your underwear. If you have experienced these symptoms and think you might have hemorrhoids, the next step is to see your doctor. Your doctor will examine your anus for swollen blood vessels and bleeding. Bleeding, however is the least of the discomfort that can occur with hemorrhoids

An internal hemorrhoid, in addition to bleeding, will sometimes move from the interior of the rectum, where it has become swollen, to the exterior of the body – the anus. In addition to irritation and bleeding, you may find the area of your anus sore and swollen. You may also experience irritation and pain. All of these symptoms are indicative of a prolapsed hemorrhoid.

When a hemorrhoid is external, in addition to causing bleeding you may feel noticeable lumps in the area of your anus. This can mean that a series of blood clots have formed from bleeding under the skin. This can cause more swelling and pain on top of the pain the hemorrhoid may already be causing you.

Other hemorrhoid symptoms may occur when you move your bowels. It is easy for hemorrhoids to become irritated each time you move your bowels. Straining, for example, that occurs regularly will cause the hemorrhoids to bleed more and cause more pain. Rubbing or cleaning the area of the anus can also cause hemorrhoids to become irritated.

When hemorrhoids become irritated it can cause more pain in the area of the anus and may cause itching. The itching may occur due to the body’s production of mucus in that area. This irritates the hemorrhoids and causes them to become more inflamed. Unchecked, this cycle of irritation and inflammation can cause more serious problems and pain that won’t easily go away.

Hemorrhoids are easily identifiable by the symptoms above. While other symptoms may occur as well, these are the most common. Other symptoms you experience may be due to a digestive disease or could be a reaction to continuous irritation to the area of the rectum. Knowing the symptoms of hemorrhoids can help you know whether you have them. Knowing if you have hemorrhoids is the first step in treating them succesfully.