People tend to change the topic or avoid talking about hemorrhoids because it is a condition that affects the anal region, and people tend to get ashamed about issues in that part of the body. Aside from the embarrassment, there is an obvious lack of knowledge about the different signs and symptoms of having a hemorrhoid among people who do not have a medical degree – which makes it difficult for them to visit a health care provider and seek consult. As a result, there is a need to be familiar with the different signs and symptoms observed in someone who has this illness which would be discussed in this article.
The first and most common complaint is itching and irritation of the anal region. Since the mucus membrane is also affected by having a hemorrhoid, it leads to secretion of mucus as an immune response and protection to the area. The mucus is the thing that causes itching, slight redness or swelling of the rectal area as well as the surrounding skin.
Another manifestation would be discomforts during defecation such as having a feeling of not being able to completely expel all fecal materials while some people experience leakage of feces. This is the result of a lining of the anal wall protruding This is due to the hemorrhoids acting as either an occlusion during passing of the bowels or as a thing that adds pressure on the anal wall causing anal leakage.
There are also others associated discomforts when one suffers from this condition such as a constant feeling of the urge to defecate immediately after having passed stool which is the result of the bulging and additional pressure of the protruded mucus lining in the large intestine. Pain is not usually seen except for cases of a large hemorrhoid which squeezes the anal muscles and decreases the supply of blood in the region.
Of course, a soft lump may also be palpated or felt at the anal opening and sometimes have a small trickle of blood upon wiping the anus with toilet paper and slight tenderness or sensitivity when touched.
These are just some of the most commonly seen signs of the condition but having these things does not specifically mean that one has the disease. In case you have one or two of these symptoms of hemorrhoids, it is better to consult your health care provider before concluding that you are suffering from this illness.