Hemorrhoid Symptoms

What is a Hemorrhoid?

Hemorrhoids are not a frequently discussed topic. Most people simply tolerate the problem and are often frightened by the thought of traditional surgery. It is estimated that 50% of Americans will, at some point in their lives, suffer from hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids are part of the normal, healthy anatomy and are actually cushions of vascular tissue. Sometimes the tissues swell and bleed, causing pain or discomfort. Small hemorrhoids can be treated with diet and medication, but for more complex conditions, surgery may be required.

Several different procedures are available to eliminate or shrink hemorrhoids! Keep reading…

Hemorrhoid Symptoms

Having hemorrhoids can be painful and uncomfortable. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Akopian because you may have hemorrhoids:

  • Itching in or around the anus
  • Rectal pain or rectal bleeding
  • Streaks of bright red blood on toilet paper
  • Discomfort or pain sitting
  • Discomfort or pain after passing stool

Hemorrhoid Classification

First Degree Hemorrhoid

If you have a 1st Degree Hemorrhoid, it will bleed but not prolapse outside of the anal canal.

Second Degree Hemorrhoid

This type of hemorrhoid prolapses outside of the anal canal (mostly when the patient is defecating), but they retract spontaneously.

Third Degree Hemorrhoid

3rd Degree Hemorrhoids prolapse a little more severely than 2nd Degree, and must be manually replaced inside the anal canal.

Fourth Degree Hemorrhoid

4th Degree Hemorrhoids are made of prolapsed tissue and are usually strangulated or thrombosed. They cannot be manually replaced.

Should I See Doctor Gabriel Akopian?

Hemorrhoids can often be managed at home. However it is important to understand that hemorrhoids can become a serious health issue. If any symptoms continue for more than a week, make an appointment with Doctor Akopian…

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