Hemorrhoids are veins in the rectum that can become inflamed, causing pain, itching, and rectal bleeding. Oftentimes, symptoms are not felt and the presence of hemorrhoids is not acknowledged. Internal hemorrhoids can present themselves with minimal pain or discomfort, but can be accompanied by bright red blood in the stool. External hemorrhoids occur just outside the anal verge, where inflammation can lead to intense pain and difficulty executing bowel movements. Usually hemorrhoids dissipate in a couple of days, but in severe cases surgery such as a hemorrhoidectomy or hemorrhoid banding can be considered. May be associated with constipation at times.
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