How do know if I have hemorrhoids or something else?
Let’s look at a couple of hypotheticals. Someone goes to the doctor complaining of rectal discomfort with occasional blood on the tissue and itching in the anal area. This is more than likely an internal hemorrhoid. Another patient is complaining of severe rectal pain as well as prolapsed tissue in the anal area. This is probably going to be external hemorrhoids with the pain coming from a blood clot in the hemorrhoidal tissues.
There are four degrees of internal hemorrhoids. It may be interesting for you to know because first, second and sometime third degree can be treated by banding only. Fourth degree and sometime third degree requires surgery.
Do not forget non-hemorrhoid causes of symptoms. The option to check with your doctor is worthwhile because there could be other problems, including cancer or anal fissure. (By the way for anal fissure medical treatment alone may heal it in 90% of cases).
If you live long enough you will most likely experience the discomfort of hemorrhoids. There are two common types of hemorrhoid, external and internal. External hemorrhoids are those occurring outside the distal end of the anal canal and are sometimes painful and accompanied by swelling and itching. Internal hemorrhoids are those that occur inside the rectum and since this area does not have pain receptors these types of hemorrhoids are rarely painful and usually people don’t even know they have them. This type of hemorrhoid is more prone to bleeding however and can lead to more severe forms of hemorrhoid called prolapsed and strangulated. Hemorrhoids are extremely common and it is estimated that 50% of all Americans have this problem by the age of 50 although only a small number seek treatment. Only around 500,000 people are treated for hemorrhoids annually with as many as 20% needing surgery.
Anal Fissure and hemorrhoids
An anal fissure is a Small cut in the epidermis that meets the rear end of the anus. A fissure generally causes suffering and often starts bleeding. Fissures are quite frequent, but are often unable to understand with other causes of suffering and swelling, such as hemorrhoids. The frequent signs of an anal fissure are pain during or after defecation and swelling. Patients may try to ignore defecation because of the suffering. Fissure is caused by anything that can cut or make irritation on the inner lining of the anus. A difficult, dry colon movement is generally the cause of a fissure. Other causes of a fissure contain diarrhea or inflamed circumstances of the anal region. Anal fissures may be serious because it may sustain in the body for longer time and become harmful for the patient. Chronic fissures often have a small cut which is called as a sentinel hemorrhoid.