What are Haemorrhoids?
Haemorrhoids are actually an ordinary part of our bodies. When they become enlarged, this is when symptoms can develop, which we often refer to simply as ‘haemorrhoids’.
There are two kinds of haemorrhoids – external haemorrhoids (outside the anus) and internal haemorrhoids (inside the anus). The symptoms can be different depending on which kind of issue has developed.
External haemorrhoids can often cause a painful lump or ‘pile’ on the outside of the anus. The pain tends to be strongest in the first 24-72 hours. After this time, it tends to reduce over about two weeks.
Internal haemorrhoids are inside the anus. They might be bulging into the anal canal or protruding from it. People who are suffering from internal haemorrhoids typically notice painless, bright red bleeding, as well as a sensation of prolapsing (slipping) tissue from the anus.