How Do I Know If My Hemorrhoid Is Serious?

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Written by Charles Coleman, MD on March 6, 2022

Hemorrhoids are not as uncommon as you might think. They can be quite painful, but they do not necessarily require medical attention. In this article, we will explain how to determine if a hemorrhoid is serious and what to do if it is.

Hemorrhoids are common, especially in older people. They are often associated with the straining or sitting on the toilet for a long time. The condition is characterized by a swollen and inflamed tissue around the rectum and anus. Hemorrhoids are classified into three types: external, internal, and mixed. External hemorrhoids are those that are visible outside the body, while internal hemorrhoids are those that are hidden inside the body.

When Should I Worry About Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are usually not an emergency and do not need to be treated at the ER. Hemorrhoids are filled with blood vessels and when these become swollen, this can cause rectal bleeding. Hemorrhoid symptoms may include constipation, feeling like you need to go (but nothing happens), and itching or burning near the anus. If a rectal irritation is the cause of your pain and bleeding, a colonoscopy may be the best next step.

How Do I Know If My Hemorrhoid Is Severe?

  • Check for bleeding: The first thing to do is to check to see if the hemorrhoid is causing you any bleeding. If you notice any blood in your stool or on your toilet paper, you should seek medical attention immediately.
  • Check for pain: If you have noticed any pain while you were using the bathroom, you should seek medical attention immediately.
  • Check for itching: If you are experiencing itching, you should seek medical attention.
  • Check for discharge: If you are noticing any discharge, you should seek medical attention.
  • Check for swelling: If you are noticing any swelling, you should seek medical attention.
  • Check for fever: If you are noticing a fever, you should seek medical attention.
  • Check for bruising: If you are noticing any bruising, you should seek medical attention.

In conclusion, you should seek help if the symptoms are very severe or if they occur often. Hemorrhoids tend to be worse during the winter months and in the early morning hours. The best treatment for hemorrhoids is prevention. It’s important to keep your diet clean and healthy. Try to avoid constipation and excessive drinking. You may also want to try over-the-counter treatments such as Venapro.