Aside from being very unpleasant, hemorrhoids are bulging veins that feel thick and lumpy and can be found inside or outside the anal and lower rectal area of the body. They can cause painful bowel movements, discomfort, pain and bleeding -- another reason why an official diagnosis is a good idea since rectal and anal bleeding can have many causes -- some very serious.
Bloody hemorrhoids can be a frightening experience. This usually happens with internal hemorrhoids rather than the external ones. Blood can be found in the stool or in the toilet bowl, as well as when wiping. Wiping with a warm cloth or baby wipe can help with pain, as toilet paper can feel hard and sharp.
Bloody hemorrhoids need to be monitored so that they do not develop into clots, known as thrombosed hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoid. org has a great information page.