Hemorrhoid SymptomsThere are a number of symptoms that are associated with both internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids. Unfortunately, both internal hemorrhoid symptoms and external hemorrhoids symptoms are very similar, making diagnosis difficult.  That’s why it’s important to see a gastroenterologist like Dr. Nowain who has experience in both diagnosing and treating hemorrhoids.  The following is a list of the most common hemorrhoid symptoms.

Rectal Bleeding

Rectal bleeding is one of the most common and visible internal hemorrhoid symptoms. Blood may be seen in the stool, on toilet paper, and/or in the toilet bowel.  Bleeding can occur in both external and internal hemorrhoids.

Bumps and Bulges

Another common symptom for both internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids, are bumps and bulges around the anus. These bumps can occasionally be painful to the touch.

Rectal Pain

Hemorrhoids can be responsible for pain and discomfort. Pain is normally associated with external hemorrhoids because internal hemorrhoids are usually past the line of nerves where pain can be felt (otherwise known as the dentate line). However, large internal hemorrhoids that swell can become painful if the muscles that control the anus squeeze them.

Rectal Itching

Rectal itching is a common complaint. It is usually the result of swelling and inflammation of the hemorrhoid which can irritate the anal skin, in turn causing an itch.

Skin Irritation

Similar to rectal itching, skin irritation is also the result of inflammation of the skin within, on, and around the anus.


Larger internal hemorrhoids can create the urge to pass a stool, even immediately after having done so.  This happens because the hemorrhoid swells and presses against the anal canal. In general, the larger the hemorrhoid gets, the greater the discomfort that is felt.

If you are experiencing any of these hemorrhoid symptoms, please contact us today at (310) 657-4444 to schedule a consultation with expert Los Angeles hemorrhoid doctor Ari Nowain, MD.

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