Unfortunately one of the first hemorrhoid symptoms is usually hemorrhoids bleeding. It can appear with both internal and external hemorrhoids. In case of internal hemorrhoids you must be even more cautious because bleeding can be a sign of additional gastro-intestinal troubles such as fissure, fistula, colorectal cancer, diverticulosis or colitis.
Cause of bleeding hemorrhoids
Usual reason for hemorrhoids bleeding is that veins in rectum grow to be so enlarged with blood that they rupture because of it.
Most often it happens either during or just after the bowel movement. With internal hemorrhoids it is usually caused by a pallet like, hard stool.
Stool this hard is difficult to push out and straining caused by this is responsible for hemorrhoids swelling with blood even more. Stool this hard can easily tear open the already injured, inflated hemorrhoid tissue and cause the bleeding.
And in case of hemorrhoid prolapse, the cause can be external (too much rubbing with toilet paper, extended sitting periods or even synthetic underwear).
With external hemorrhoids similar to hemorrhoid prolapse, anal bleeding is usually caused "mechanically" by excessive wiping and cleaning of an already irritated area.
Symptoms of hemorrhoid bleeding
First thing you are going to notice is going to be small blood streaks in your stool, on your underwear and toilet paper. Before bleeding starts sometimes you can also feel other hemorrhoid symptoms like general discomfort in your rectal area, anal itching and burning sensation.
But you can equally experience hemorrhoids bleeding as the very first symptom of hemorrhoids without experiencing any of the less alarming symptoms at first. In case of external hemorrhoids you will notice hemorrhoids symptom very easy and very fast.
Usually you are going to sense the bulge or swelling around your anus, you might also experience itching and burning feeling but with external hemorrhoids you always have the option to use the hand held mirror and check what is going on.
Treatment is never quick, but you have more than a few methods that can help your body heal the damage faster.
First thing you have to do is to soften your stool in order to prevent the damage that can be done to your colon by hard stool. This is going to help the injured tissue restore to health quicker and stop the anal bleeding. This is crucial for internal as well as for external hemorrhoids.
You should also try to avoid using toilet paper, use instead moist wipes or better yet take a shower or wash up in a bidet after the bowel movement. This is essential for external hemorrhoids because most of the rectal bleeding in this case is caused by mechanical damage done to the damaged tissue by wiping, also try to use soft, cotton underwear.
You can also use suppositories and natural creams for speeding up the healing as well as for lubrication of the colon, this way it will be much easier for you to pass the hard stool.