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It is quite contrary to what you may believe, hemorrhoids is a condition that half the people across the world suffer from. For people across the world, pain in the rectal outlet or the anal canal (anus) is a common problem. About one third of the American population suffers from some form of hemorrhoids by the age of 50. The veins around the anus become stretched or swollen and this condition is known as hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are completely treatable when recognized early. Any kind of rectal bleeding or pain in the rectum during bowel movement should take you to the doctor immediately.

Hemorrhoids are of the following two kinds:

Internal Hemorrhoids: Internal hemorrhoids are swollen veins that arise from inside the anal canal. As this form is typically painless, the only symptoms you may notice are small amounts of bright red blood (on your toilet paper or inside the toilet bowl) or a feeling of fullness following a bowel movement.

Occasionally, internal hemorrhoids can push through the anal opening. This is known as a prolapsed, or protruding, hemorrhoid. Sometimes these swollen veins remain prolapsed temporarily; in other cases, they become permanent. If the hemorrhoid remains outside the anus, it can cause pain, itching, bleeding and the formation of excess skin.

External hemorrhoids are swollen veins that can be felt under the skin on the outside of the anal canal. They appear like a small bulge and are of the same color as the skin. Because of the sensitive nerve fibers in this area, these enlarged veins are often painful, especially when sitting. They also may bleed and itch. Should blood pool in an external hemorrhoid, a blood clot referred to as a thrombosed hemorrhoid may develop and cause severe pain.

Always consult a physician to determine whether you have the internal or external type.

Hemorrhoids usually appear like tiny lumps of grapes from the anus. The shape, size and the number of hemorrhoids are different from each person. Sometimes there is only one mass or to some they may have small clusters of it. Hemorrhoids can look like flattened grapes sometimes aside from the full grape like clusters. Some may even look wrinkly. Internal hemorrhoids which are usually hidden may protrude out and would look like as the ones describe. They may go back in after strain or stay out in some cases.







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