What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?
Internal hemorrhoids can cause rectal bleeding and prolapse. The bleeding tends to be bright red and can be seen on the toilet paper, on top of the stool, or in the toilet bowl. Fortunately, the bleeding tends not to last long. Over time, internal hemorrhoids can be pushed out of the anal canal (prolapsed hemorrhoid). This can cause irritation and soiling of underwear. External hemorrhoids may cause itchiness and irritation of the surrounding skin around the anus, particularly if hygiene is not maintained in that area. Severe pain may occur if a blood clot forms within the hemorrhoid.
Author: Karen McCloskey
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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