What do Hemorrhoids look like? It all depends on the type of hemorrhoid. What hemorrhoids look like also depends largely on the current stage your hemorrhoids are in. Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that populate in and around the anus. These blood vessels can stretch under pressure. They are similar to varicose veins in the legs. Common factors that can cause hemorrhoids are, straining to move a bowel, sitting too long on the toilet, diet, lack of exercise and very little fresh air. Hemorrhoids are either inside the anus (internal hemorrhoid) or under the skin around the anus (external hemorrhoid).
Although many people have hemorrhoids not all experience symptoms. The most common symptoms of internal hemorrhoids is bright red blood covering the stool or inside the toilet or blood on the toilet paper after wiping.
However, an internal hemorrhoid may protrude through the anus outside the body making it more irritated and painful. This is known as a protruding hemorrhoid.
Symptoms of external hemorrhoids may include painful swelling or a hard lump around the anus that results when a blood clot forms. This condition is known as a thrombosed external hemorrhoid. In addition, excessive straining, rubbing or cleaning around the anus may cause irritation with bleeding and/or itching, which may produce a vicious cycle of symptoms. Draining of mucus may also be the cause of additional itching.
Hemorrhoids are very common in both men and woman. More than half of the adult population will have hemorrhoids by age 50. Hemorrhoids are also common with pregnant woman when the pressure of the fetus is on the abdomen, as well as hormonal changes that cause hemorrhoidal vessels to enlarge. These vessels are also placed under severe pressure during childbirth. For most woman, however, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy are a temporary problem. Please refer to some of the other articles on H.I.C. if you wish to view more images of what hemorrhoids look like.
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