Hemorrhoids are a common condition caused when blood vessels or veins around the anus and rectum become swollen, leading to symptoms such as bleeding, irritation, or pain. Factors contributing to hemorrhoids include excessive straining due to constipation, sitting too long in the bathroom, pregnancy, obesity, or liver disease.
What Are the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids?
The most common symptoms of both internal and external hemorrhoids are bleeding during bowel movements, itching, and rectal pain.
Rectal bleeding and pain and recent changes in bowel habits are also symptoms of colon, rectal, and anal cancer. If you have these symptoms, talk to your physician, especially if you are age 50 or older or have a family history of colon cancer.