Family History and Hemorrhoids
There are a lot of things you might want to blame your Mom, but hemorrhoids are one thing you can honestly say, “Mom! You’re giving me a pain in my butt!” When it comes to hemorrhoids, family history increases your risk.
Hemorrhoids are a condition involving the veins around the anus or lower rectum that have become swollen and inflamed. Hemorrhoids can happen either inside the anus or under the skin around the anus, and can happen in either external or internal veins in this region. You can have both types of hemorrhoids at the same time.
Hemorrhoids are not typically dangerous and in most cases, symptoms will go away within a few days. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Itching or irritation in the anal area
- Bright red blood on toilet tissue, stools, or in the toilet bowl (if you have blood in your stool, this could indicate something more serious, so see your doctor).
- Pain or discomfort, especially during bowel movements
- A sensitive or painful lump(s) near your anus
- Leakage of feces
Symptoms may vary depending on where the hemorrhoids are located. The most common symptom of internal hemorrhoids is bright red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper or in the toilet bowl. Other symptoms of internal hemorrhoids are itching, pain and discomfort.
External hemorrhoids have the same symptoms, but patients may also experience a hard, painful lump that is a result of blood pooling under the skin. Excessive straining on the toilet, rubbing or cleaning around the anus may cause irritation with bleeding and/or itching, which can result in a cycle of symptoms if not treated.