If you’ve ever had hemorrhoids, you may know that they can burn and itch, but not much else. In case you haven’t experienced those specific symptoms,here are a few more that will help you give yourself a more accurate diagnosis:
- Do you have burning, itching or irritation in the anal area?
- Is there bright red blood on the toilet tissue, stool or in the toilet bowl?
- Do you have pain and discomfort during bowel movements?
- Is there a sensitive or painful lump near your anus?
- Do you have any leakage of feces?
If you can answer in the affirmative to any or all of the above, chances are you’ve developed one or more hemorrhoids. You may be able to put things right with an over-the-counter cream, but it’s also a good idea to give your doctor a call just to see if he or she can offer any suggestions — or even prescribe a stronger ointment.
Also, if you have noticed blood in your stool, you might want to go ahead and see the physician. While hemorrhoids can cause that, it can also be an indicator of a more serious condition, such as colon cancer.