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What Do Hemorrhoids Look Like

Hemorrhoids or Piles is caused due to inactivity and constipation. They are caused by a blood vessel that has been pushed out of the anus and become infected. They are often felt and seen as a tiny lump of grapes arising from the anus. The size, shape and number of hemorrhoids vary from one person to another.

Characteristics

The size of hemorrhoid can be larger than a grape or the size of a walnut. The most standard and commonly found is typically the size of a pea. It also varies in numbers from person to person. Sometimes there is only one hemorrhoid, while some people can have many hemorrhoids. Usually a small cluster of hemorrhoids is found. What do Hemorrhoids look like- They can look like flattened grapes, some are fuller. There are others that may look wrinkly. They usually come out of the anus or protrude. Sometimes the hemorrhoids remain inside the anus out of view they are the internal hemorrhoids, while some hemorrhoids develop on the skin outside of the anus, these are the external hemorrhoids. Sometimes they block the anus from being seen.

They are cushion like to feel. It may seem like a bump, which starts to protrude after a while. An Internal hemorrhoid will feel like a bump because it is inside the anal region and hence often not diagnosed for a longer period. While the external hemorrhoid is easily visible to the common man with the help of a mirror.

What Hemorrhoids look like is often confused with anal fissures. Seeing spots of blood on the toilet paper and pain with bowel movements, people think it's hemorrhoids when the problem may really be a small but painful tear called an anal fissure. They are often caused by constipation. If stools are dry and hard, the anal sphincter is forced open wider than normal. This results in a tear or anal fissure. Anal fissures cause a sharp, stinging pain with the passage of each bowel movement but hemorrhoids often cause bleeding but no pain.

External Hemorrhoids are swollen areas of skin and blood vessels around the anus. They are highly innervated and sensitive and are also at risk for thrombosis. They develop around the external opening of the anus. It is usually very painful as the skin around them is very sensitive. Most of the time, they are just bothersome protrusions, which make hygiene and personal care very difficult. Many a time external hemorrhoids develop a clot inside of them. This happens often after a period of diarrhea or constipation. In such cases, it produces a firm and painful swelling or lump around the rim of the anus.

 

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