Hemorrhoids occur when veins around the anus and lower rectum become swollen and inflamed. External hemorrhoids form under the skin around the anus, while internal hemorrhoids develop in the lower rectum.
Hemorrhoids often cause pain, discomfort and itching. They can cause bright red blood in the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl after a bowel movement.
Hemorrhoids are very common and may be caused by such factors as chronic constipation or diarrhea, straining during bowel movements, and lack of fiber in the diet.
- “I noticed itching, irritation, and swelling after having bowel movements, as well as streaks of blood on the toilet paper.”
- “I experienced pain and discomfort during bowel movements, as well as bleeding.”
- “I noticed blood in the toilet after having a bowel movement, but I did not experience any pain. It turned out that I had an internal hemorrhoid.”