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Hemorrhoids Symptoms

Hemorrhoids is a very common condition, with nearly three out of four adults experiencing hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. The condition can cause a variety of symptoms, which can range from barely noticeable to extremely painful.

Some of the most common hemorrhoids symptoms include:

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Irritation and itching in or around the anus
  • Swelling around the anus
  • A painful or sensitive lump near the anus
  • Painless bleeding during bowel movements

Symptoms Depend on Hemorrhoid Location

If you have hemorrhoids, the specific symptoms you might experience depends on a number of factors. The most important factor is the location of the hemorrhoids, which can be internal or external:

  • Internal hemorrhoids are located inside the rectum and typically do not cause discomfort.
  • External hemorrhoids are located under the skin around the anus and can result in irritation, itching and bleeding.

Occasionally, blood pools in an external hemorrhoid, forming a clot. These are called thrombosed hemorrhoids, and they usually cause a hard lump near the anus, which can become inflamed and extremely painful.

Screening and Treatment at TGH

If you are experiencing hemorrhoids symptoms that are persistent or severe, visit Tampa General Hospital for individualized care.

The first step you can take is to get screened for colorectal cancer at TGH, especially if you have bleeding hemorrhoids. Our colorectal team, which includes surgeons, physicians, nurses, gastroenterologists, cancer specialists and others can then determine the best treatment course for your needs. We are dedicated to ensuring you’ll receive world-class care at any stage of your condition.

This commitment to care is one reason why TGH was named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery by U.S. News & World Report in 2020-2021. We earned the #24 spot in that ranking and were also designated as the highest-ranked hospital in Florida for the same specialty by U.S. News & World Report. Our affiliation with the University of Florida allows us to participate in clinical studies and utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies and treatments to help relieve symptoms for our patients and address the underlying causes of this condition.

To find a gastroenterologist at Tampa General Hospital, use our Physician Finder or call 1-800-833-3627.