Anyone can get a hemorrhoid, especially when you are hugely stressful all the time, since this is the most common cause of rectal and anal complaints. If you haven’t had experienced this disease before you may be curious about what it looks like and what color hemorrhoids are supposed to be? Now let’s learn the symptoms of hemorrhoids in order to help you to get better diagnosis and treatment.
Hemorrhoids are a condition involved with the lowest part of your rectum and anus, where the veins become swollen. This condition is so common that most people have to deal with it at least one time within their lifespan. To be honest, hemorrhoid flare-ups can be really uncomfortable. Besides of red or brown color, the most common symptoms of hemorrhoids also include bright red blood on the stool, pain and irritation around the anus, itching, and a hard lump or swelling around the anus. However, it is important to know that the mentioned symptoms can be different in each individual.
As a rule of thumb, you can determine the type of your hemorrhoids by simply looking at the color. That’s to say, external hemorrhoids tend to be brownish in color, prolapsed internal hemorrhoids reddish or pink, and thrombosed hemorrhoids dark red or purple/blue.
1. External hemorrhoids are under the skin around anus. They can itch or bleed when they are irritated. Repeated straining while having a bowel movement is believed to be the most common cause of it. They tend to appear brown in color. Main medical treatment include increased dietary fiber, warm baths, ice packs, hemorrhoidal creams or suppositories, hemorrhoid pillow, increased fluid intake, stool softeners, analgesia, and so on. And these treatments will help relieve symptoms over time.
2. Internal Hemorrhoids, as the name suggests, affects the internal rectal region. They are not visible since they develop inside the anal canal as live tissue. They usually don’t hurt. However, they may bleed painfully. Also, you can break them down into two subcategories – types of swollen blood vessel and abnormal accumulation of blood in the blood vessels. The color of former is dark red or purple while the latter is light red or white because the number of cells of the connective tissues within the anal passage abnormally increases.
3. A thrombosed hemorrhoid is actually an external hemorrhoid. It is named so because of a blood clot formed inside of it. In fact, the tint from the blood colt is the most definitive sign of this type of hemorrhoid. Normally it appears purple or blue in color, but it will become reddish when the skin surrounded becomes inflamed or irritated. In some cases, it can turn dark almost black too. Similarly, conservative nonsurgical treatment can help relieve the symptoms of most patients. However, for some patients surgical excision of the thrombosed external hemorrhoid is the best bet because it can prevent hemorrhoids from coming back.
4. In some cases, hemorrhoid can turn white. On the one hand, it becomes white because of the presence of increased amount of cells of the connective tissues. On the other hand, it shows this unusual color because it is not a hemorrhoid at all. For example, you may confuse it with an abscess. In this case, you’d better consult a general or colorectal surgeon to get the right diagnosis and the best treatment.
It is worth mentioning that the look and color of hemorrhoids are not always the same. So, do not get panic if yours are slightly different. If you feel uneasy about the result of self diagnosis, you’d better get the diagnosis or treatment options from a physician.