Internal hemorrhoids are common in adults, but are hard to diagnose as they are not as painful as other hemorrhoids. This lack of pain is due to their position further inside the body, and their lack of close proximity to nerve endings.
This painless quality does not mean that internal hemorrhoids should not be treated or that they should be taken lightly. An internal hemorrhoid can turn into a very big problem very quickly if it is left untreated.
The first sign that most people see of their internal hemorrhoid is blood. This is generally noticed after wiping after a bowel movement, or by seeing soiled undergarments when changing.
This blood is the first indicator that something inside the rectal region is not right, and your attention should be focused on that area to look for any other signs on internal hemorrhoids, as unchecked internal hemorrhoids can escalate into more serious problems.
The main complication that can occur when an internal hemorrhoid is left untreated for too long is a prolapsed hemorrhoid. This happens when the swollen varicose vein causing the internal hemorrhoid gets pushed outside of the sphincter.
Prolapsed hemorrhoids look like pink pads around the sphincter opening, and are usually tender to the touch, and throb with the heart beat.
These painful prolapsing internal hemorrhoids are usually able to heal themselves on their own, or can be gently pushed back into their proper region with slight touching and manipulation, but sometimes the prolapsed hemorrhoids are too severe or painful for these home remedies, and require medical attention and treatment at the hands of trained professionals.
Internal hemorrhoids are often caused by undue pressure in the rectal region. The veins in the anus are delicate and over-used in many ways which means that an injury to those varicose veins is easy to come by. This pressure can come to be in a number of ways including, but not limited to the following list:
Strained and difficult bowel movements
Heavy or improper lifting
Long periods of sitting in one position like in car rides or long meetings
Intense physical activity that is out of the ordinary
Cigarette or smoking
Constipation or other colon blockages
Low fiber diets
Limited physical activity
If you have any kind of pain or bleeding that accompanies any of the above stated items, then you should schedule an appointment with your health care provider to make sure that you are not experiencing an internal hemorrhoid that could quickly catapult into a prolapsing internal hemorrhoid or other such serious conditions.
Preventative treatments are always better to endure than treatments on existing and painful hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids can be treated in simple ways, so if you feel that you might be experiencing this common and frustrating malady, then immediate action is the best action to take.