Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the lower rectum and anus. The symptoms of hemorrhoids may vary depending on the type and severity of the condition, but some common signs and symptoms include:
- Pain or discomfort during bowel movements
- Itching or irritation around the anus
- Swelling or a lump near the anus
- Rectal bleeding, which may appear as bright red blood on the toilet paper or in the toilet bowl after a bowel movement
- Leakage of feces or mucus from the anus
- A feeling of incomplete bowel movement.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to consult a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Other conditions such as anal fissures, abscesses, or cancer can cause similar symptoms, so it is essential to get a proper diagnosis. Your healthcare provider may perform a physical examination, and in some cases, further tests may be required, such as a colonoscopy, to rule out other conditions.