When someone has a hemorrhoid, there are several symptoms that may occur, including:
- Bleeding during bowel movements that does not cause pain. This is usually noticed when the patient sees bright red blood either in the toilet or on the tissue after a bowel movement
- Discomfort or pain
- Anal region irritation or itching
- Swelling in the area surrounding the anus
- A lump located close to the anus, that can be either painful or sensitive
External hemorrhoids can bleed or itch when they are irritated. This may occur if the patient sits for a prolonged period of time or if they wear clothes that constantly rub the hemorrhoid.
With an external hemorrhoid, there are times when blood is able to pool in it. This can eventually clot and when this happens, it is referred to as a thrombosed hemorrhoid. When this occurs, patients may experience swelling, a hard lump, severe pain and inflammation.