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Internal hemorrhoid symptoms usually include bright-red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl. When the hemorrhoids are external, symptoms may include painful swelling or a hard lump around the anus that results when a blood clot forms. In general, symptoms are mild and disappear within a few days.

Signs and Symptoms of Hemorrhoids: An Overview

Hemorrhoids are the most common problem that occur within the anus and rectum. In fact, over 50 percent of people over the age of 50 has hemorrhoids. Symptoms vary among different people, and not all people with hemorrhoids experience symptoms. However, there are several factors that can determine the specific symptoms a person has. Some of these factors include the:
 
  • Type of hemorrhoids (see Types of Hemorrhoids)
  • Severity of hemorrhoids
  • Complications (if any) that occur, such as a blood clot or infection.
  
Hemorrhoids usually are not dangerous or life-threatening. In most cases, symptoms of a hemorrhoid will go away within a few days.
 

Internal Versus External Hemorrhoid Symptoms

 
Internal Hemorrhoids
The most common symptom of internal hemorrhoids is bright-red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl.
 
Other internal hemorrhoids symptoms may include:
 
  • Feeling of vague anal discomfort
  • Feeling of fullness after a bowel movement.
 
Pain is not a common symptom of internal hemorrhoids. However, an internal hemorrhoid may protrude through the anus outside the body, becoming irritated and painful. This is known as a protruding hemorrhoid. If not treated, a protruding internal hemorrhoid may remain outside the anus. In this case, the person may complain of constant soiling of underwear.
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