The term haemorrhoid is used to refer to swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum. There are two types of haemorrhoids - external and internal. The external haemorrhoids are located under the skin around the anus and the internal haemorrhoids develop in the lower rectum. Some of the common symptoms of haemorrhoids include bleeding during bowel movements, itching and rectal pain. The internal haemorrhoids in some people may protrude or prolapse through the anus. Symptoms of haemorrhoids depend on their location and severity.
Symptoms of external haemorrhoids
Rectal pain occurs more commonly in people with external haemorrhoids. If a blood clot forms under the skin, the haemorrhoids form a hard and painful lump. This type of external haemorrhoid is called a thrombosed or clotted haemorrhoid. It may bleed after the patient strains to pass stool and you streaks of blood can be noticed on the toilet paper after passing stool.
Symptoms of Internal haemorrhoids
These are some symptoms of haemorrhoids but similar symptoms can be caused by many other conditions such as anal fissure, colon, rectal, or anal cancer. A person with one or more of these symptoms, especially if older than 50 years or with a family history of colon cancer, should consult their doctor to diagnose the cause of the problem.