Signs You May Have Hemorrhoids
Are you worried that your uncomfortable bathroom experiences could be due to hemorrhoids?
Noticing bright blood on your toilet paper when you wipe can be a bit unnerving, but before you panic it’s important to know that it could just be hemorrhoids. This is a common condition that causes veins in the anus and rectum to become swollen, which is one of the number one reasons for rectal bleeding. Our Martinsburg, WV, gastroenterologist, Dr. Shahin Rahimian, is here to provide some information into the most common symptoms associated with hemorrhoids:
- Pain when passing stools
- Bright red blood on toilet paper
- Discomfort or itching around the rectum
- Anal swelling
There are two different kinds of hemorrhoids: internal and external. External hemorrhoids tend to be the most common and are usually the ones that cause discomfort, itching and bleeding. Internal hemorrhoids can often go unnoticed.
When You Should See a Doctor
While hemorrhoids aren’t anything to be concerned about, it’s always a good idea to know when it’s time to see our Martinsburg GI specialist for care. After all, if you are experiencing rectal bleeding there are a ton of other issues, both minor and more serious, that could be causing your issues. So you can’t assume that your symptoms are due to hemorrhoids. If you are noticing bleeding or rectal pain, particularly during bowel movements, then it’s a good idea to give us a call and schedule an appointment.
If you also notice changes in your bowel movements, either in consistency or frequency, this is another reason to visit us. In most cases, a physical examination is usually all we need to make a definitive diagnosis of hemorrhoids.
If you aren’t noticing any relief from your hemorrhoid symptoms then it might be time to give us a call and find out what we can do to better manage your issues. Panhandle Gastroenterology in Martinsburg, WV, is here for you for everything from minor discomforts to serious gastrointestinal problems. Turn to us for care you can always trust.