How to identify if you have internal hemorrhoids

Hemwell Doctor Talking to Patient about hemorrhoids

What are hemorrhoids, and what causes them to form?

Hemorrhoids, commonly known as “piles,” are swollen veins in the rectal area that can be internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids develop far inside the body and often cause no obvious symptoms. However, when internal hemorrhoids become large enough, they may bleed during bowel movements. The bleeding is usually painless and resolves quickly. Exerting too much pressure while passing stools is one possible cause of internal hemorrhoids; being overweight or obese can also increase risk due to added pressure on the rectal veins, as well as pregnancy or very constipation-prone bowel movements. Treatments such as topical ointments to reduce swelling or prescription medications can help relieve internal hemorrhoid symptoms and make them less of a nuisance in the long run!


How do you know if you have internal hemorrhoids?

Internal hemorrhoids can occur without the telltale signs of itching and irritation that accompany external hemorrhoids, but they are much more likely to cause internal bleeding. Generally, internal hemorrhoids are first recognized when there is a streak of blood noticed in the stool or on the toilet paper. More severe internal hemorrhoids may also need to be surgically removed if other treatments fail. If you think you may have internal hemorrhoid symptoms, it’s best to make an appointment with your doctor for an examination and diagnosis.


What are the symptoms of internal hemorrhoids?

Internal hemorrhoids can be a painful and embarrassing problem for some, but the good news is that they can be managed. The most common symptom associated with internal hemorrhoids is rectal bleeding, which typically presents as bright red blood on toilet paper or in the bowl after a bowel movement. Other potential symptoms include itching, pain, and pressure around the internal anal opening, as well as swelling in this area. Though internal hemorrhoids are not always visible to the eye, they have been known to “prolapse,” – which in simpler terms, means they bring themselves into visible view while sitting on the toilet! If you suspect you may have internal hemorrhoids, talk to your doctor to discuss medical options and reassure yourself of your health status.


How are internal hemorrhoids treated?

Internal hemorrhoids can cause internal bleeding, discomfort, or pain. Fortunately, there are several treatments available for those with internal hemorrhoids. Depending on the severity of your internal hemorrhoids, treatment may range from simple lifestyle changes like increasing fiber intake and taking regular sitz baths to more medical forms of treatment such as sclerotherapy injection, infrared coagulation, and rubber band ligation. Though internal hemorrhoids can be painful and uncomfortable, medical intervention will help bring much-needed relief!


What can you do to prevent internal hemorrhoids from forming

Internal hemorrhoids can be a real pain – pun intended! In some cases, internal hemorrhoids can cause pain and bleeding that just won’t seem to go away. The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent internal hemorrhoids from forming in the first place. Try increasing your fiber intake by eating high-fiber fruits and vegetables, as well as taking a daily fiber supplement. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, too; becoming dehydrated is a major risk factor for internal hemorrhoid formation. Finally, don’t ignore the urge to have a bowel movement—holding it in for too long increases your risk factors, too. A little attention to your diet and bathroom habits could save you from a lot of hassle down the road!