Hemorrhoids can cause a variety of symptoms, which can range from barely noticeable to extremely painful. It is a very common condition, with nearly three out of four adults experiencing hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Although hemorrhoids can occur in individuals of all ages, the condition becomes more common with aging, as the tissue supporting the veins in the anus and lower rectum tends to stretch and weaken over the years.
Some of the most common hemorrhoids symptoms include:
- Pain or discomfort
- Irritation and itching in or around the anus
- Swelling around the anus
- A painful or sensitive lump near the anus
- Painless bleeding during bowel movements
The specific hemorrhoids symptoms that an individual will experience depends on a number of factors, the most important of which is the location of the hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids are located inside the rectum and typically do not cause discomfort whereas external hemorrhoids are located under the skin around the anus and can result in irritation, itching, and bleeding. Occasionally, blood pools in an external hemorrhoid, forming a clot. These are called thrombosed hemorrhoids, and they usually cause a hard lump near the anus, which can become inflamed and extremely painful.
Patients who are experiencing hemorrhoids symptoms that are persistent or severe can visit Tampa General Hospital for individualized care from a specialized team of experts. We were named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery by U.S. News & World Report in 2019-2020 because we utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies and treatments that can help relieve symptoms and address the underlying causes of this condition. To find a gastroenterologist at Tampa General Hospital, use our Physician Finder or call 1-800-833-3627.