What are Hemorrhoids and their Capabilities? Hemorrhoids are definitely one of the worst ailments a person can ever experience. Though their degree of severity is pretty low, the discomfort that they are capable of is something that you should take note of, which is why you need to look for hemorrhoid treatment right away. Knowing what hemorrhoids are and the things that they are capable of is necessary, given that you may actually find yourself experiencing them in the near future. What are hemorrhoids? Basically, hemorrhoids are blood vessels in the rectal and near the anal areas that are stretched and swollen. There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal and external which are named for the types of hemorrhoidal veins they affect:
Internal hemorrhoids – these are the hemorrhoids that form deep inside the rectum and affect the internal hemorrhoidal veins. There are actually no known ways to detect them (unless if the stools start getting bloody) given that an individual that has it will certainly not be able to feel it since there are no nerve and pain receptors in the area. External hemorrhoids – almost a complete contrast to their internal counterparts, external hemorrhoids are swollen hemorrhoidal veins and are located just outside the anal sphincter. Detecting them is pretty easy – its symptoms (to be discussed later on) really stand out given.
What are the symptoms? The symptoms of internal and external hemorrhoids are pretty different given their locations. Internal As mentioned previously, there are no known ways to detect internal hemorrhoids unless if they start bleeding or if you somehow underwent colonoscopy. Here are some of the symptoms: • • •
Blood on the surface of the stools. Remember though, if the blood is somehow INSIDE the stool, it could be a precursor for more severe ailments. Bloody tissue paper or paper towel. Difficulty during potty sessions. Some internal hemorrhoids bulge too much that they may even block passing stools.
External The symptoms of external hemorrhoids are pretty different than Internal ones. This is so because contrary to the inner rectal areas, the outer regions are line with nerve endings, making it sensitive to pain. Here are some of the symptoms: • • •
EXTREME pain in the anal areas during passing stools and worse, even during movement like walking and running. Itchiness. This is common if rectal mucus gets into contact with it during potty sessions. A burning sensation in the affected area.
If the symptoms won't make you seek immediate hemorrhoid treatment and relief, perhaps the things hemorrhoids are capable of might do so. With that said, here are some of which:
Prolapse – internal hemorrhoids that have prolapsed have grown so large and so heavy that they somehow dangle so low and exited the anal sphincter. Blood clot – this may happen to both internal and external hemorrhoids. Basically, due to the blood vessels being swollen, blood clots may start to form, causing extreme pain and discomfort. Infection – hemorrhoids are prone to infection especially if proper hygiene is not observed and if treatment is not sought out immediately. Add the fact that it is located in a sensitive area and exposed to all sorts of bacteria.