Hemorrhoids Symptoms & Diagnosis

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Symptoms

In most cases, symptoms will go away within several days. Although many people have hemorrhoids, not all experience symptoms.

Common symptoms include:

  • Bleeding from the anus that may appear:
    • On the stool
    • On the toilet paper
    • In the toilet bowel
  • Anal itching and burning
  • Swelling and pain during bowel movements
  • Sensitive lumps of various sizes around the anus

Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. The doctor will examine the anus and rectum to look for swollen blood vessels and perform a digital rectal exam. This is done by inserting a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to feel for abnormalities. Sometimes, it is necessary to do the exam with the use of an endoscope that allows visualizing the rectal canal and other parts of the colon.

Bleeding from the rectum or blood in the stool can be a symptom of other diseases involving gastrointestinal tract or colon/rectal cancer. It is important to see a doctor if you have any rectal bleeding.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2014 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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