What are Bleeding Hemorrhoids?
There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal and external. Hemorrhoids are caused by any number of factors that put pressure on the veins in the pelvis – such as with pregnancy or from sitting for long periods of time. Both types of hemorrhoids can cause a lot of stress and have the potential to bleed and cause pain.
Internal hemorrhoids are swollen veins located just inside the anus along the anal canal. Sometimes these veins can swell so much they push outside of the anus causing hemorrhoid pain and bleeding. However, internal hemorrhoids may bleed and not cause any kind of pain at all.
External hemorrhoids, located on the outside of the anus, are painful lumps underneath the skin. Sometimes blood tends to collect in the area, causing a thrombus, or clot. This clotting can cause intense pain. External hemorrhoids are also referred to as piles.
What happens during a bowel movement to make hemorrhoids bleed?
With internal hemorrhoids, the area inside the anus fills with blood. If stools are hard, or you’re constipated, you may strain a lot as you press down. This can cause an increase in pressure in the area, causing swelling and bleeding.
With external hemorrhoids, because they are on the outside, they are more prone to itching, friction and pain. Stools can irritate external hemorrhoids and cause them to bleed.
If bleeding hemorrhoids don’t go away in a short amount of time or don’t improve much with home remedies, contact a physician right away. Loss of blood from hemorrhoids can also cause other symptoms like dizziness and nausea.
Other rectal health problems can also cause bleeding so if you continue to lose blood, it’s critical to seek medical care right away.
When dealing with hemorrhoids it’s a good idea to seek out a qualified physician who has experience treating them.
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