What is it?

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum and anus which get swollen. They are divided into internal and external hemorrhoids, depending on their location- the internal ones develop inside the rectum, and usually do not cause any symptoms other than bleeding. The external hemorrhoids develop around the anus and may cause pain.
Hemorrhoids appear usually due to straining during a bowel movement, due to constipation, diarrhea, pregnancy, and heavy lifting.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include seeing blood on the tissue after wiping or in the toilet.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. If needed, a rectoscopy is performed.


Treatment is usually conservative and starts at home with creams, hydrocortisone suppositories, and warm sitz baths. If symptoms are severe, or if none of these help, surgical procedures such as hemorrhoidectomy, and artery ligation may help.

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