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Common Symptoms

What Are Some Common Hemorrhoid Symptoms?

As you may guess, suffering from hemorrhoids isn’t pleasant but we’re here to help. The symptoms vary from person to person but here are a few common ones to look out for:1, 2
  • Itching, swelling and burning in the rectal area
  • Bleeding at the time of bowel movement and/or blood on the toilet paper
  • Uncomfortable lumps in the anal region
  • Pain or discomfort during a bowel movement
  • Mucous discharge after passing stool
  • Feeling like your bowels need to be emptied even after going to the bathroom

What Are Internal Hemorrhoids?

Internal hemorrhoids lie far enough inside the rectum that you can't see or feel them (unless they prolapse). They don't usually hurt because there are few pain-sensing nerves in the rectum. Bleeding may be the only sign that they exist. There are many over-the-counter medications that can help relieve internal hemorrhoid symptoms.3

What Are External Hemorrhoids?

External hemorrhoids lie on the outside of your rectum and are usually painful. There are many over-the-counter medications that can help relieve external hemorrhoid symptoms.3

What Are Piles?

You may have heard people referring to something called piles. Piles is just another term for hemorrhoids.

1Carruthers-Czyzewski, P. Hemorrhoids. In Patient Self-Care . Canadian Pharmacists Association 2002;287-293

2Mayo Clinic. Hemorrhoids. 2013. Accessed at: (July 2, 2014)

3WebMD. What are Hemorrhoids. 2016. Accessed at: (September 6, 2016)

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