Piles also called Hemorrhoids, are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum, similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoids can develop inside the rectum known as internal hemorrhoids or under the skin around the anus called external hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids can develop from increased pressure in the lower rectum due to:
- Straining during bowel movements
- Sitting for long periods of time on the toilet
- Having chronic diarrhea or constipation
- Being obese
- Being pregnant
- Having anal intercourse
- Eating a low-fiber diet
- Regular heavy lifting
The most common complaint symptoms are:
- painless bleeding from the anal area,
- anal itching,
- pain in the anal area,
- swelling and feeling a lump at the anus are all associated with an inflamed hemorrhoid.
Internal Hemorrhoids: First- to Fourth-Degree
A first-degree internal hemorrhoid bulges into the anal canal during bowel movements.
A second-degree internal hemorrhoid bulges from the anus during bowel movements, then goes back inside by itself.
A third-degree hemorrhoid bulges from the anus during bowel movements and must be pushed back in with a finger. A fourth-degree hemorrhoid protrudes from the anus all the time
An anal fissure is a small tear in the thin, moist tissue that lines the anus. An anal fissure may occur when you pass hard or large stools during a bowel movement.
Signs and symptoms of an anal fissure include:
- Sharp pain in anal area, sometimes severe, during bowel movements
- Pain after bowel movements that can last up to several hours
- Bright red blood on the stool or toilet paper after a bowel movement
- A visible crack in the skin around the anus
- A small lump or skin tag on the skin near the anal fissure
How do you know if you have a hemorrhoid or fissure?
With internal hemorrhoids, the only symptom may be rectal bleeding. Bright red blood may appear as streaks on toilet paper or stool, or bright red blood that drips into the toilet following bowel movements. Other symptoms include a lump that can be felt around the anus with or without associated pain (usually from external hemorrhoids), or itching or mucus discharge after bowel movements. Hemorrhoids generally last several days and often recur. Anal fissures often cause pain during and after a bowel movement, sometimes followed by throbbing pain for several hours. They are also often associated with itching and blood on toilet tissue, in the bowl, or on the surface of the stool.
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