Piles are a severe form of hemorrhoids called thrombosed external hemorrhoids. External piles is a very serious condition that should be treated immediately as the danger of bleeding and infection gets higher every moment external piles go untreated.
Here are some of the main symptoms of piles that can help you know if you are suffering from this painful condition.
1. Anal Bleeding: Bleeding in the anal region is one of the first symptoms of piles. This piles bleeding is usually first noticed while wiping after a bowel movement, or by seeing blood in underwear. Piles bleeding should be taken seriously, as this can open the door to infection and more serious hemorrhoid pain.
2. Swollen Rectal Veins: When the varicose veins near the sphincter begin to swell, then you are almost definitely on the road to thrombosed external hemorrhoids. These swollen veins are one of the first steps before blood clots form causing piles.
3. Blood Clots in Varicose Veins: Piles happens when blood clots in the swollen varicose veins in the rectal region form, and work their ways outside the rectal region. These blood clots feel like small lumps just under the skin near the anus. When the lumps first appear, they are usually not painful, but over time, if not dealt with, they can become larger and sensitive to the touch.
4. Pain During Bowel Movements: When piles become external, the blood clots in the varicose veins get pushed to the external region of the sphincter. This generally happens during strenuous bowel movements, and is excruciatingly painful. If your bowel movements become painful and strenuous, then this can be an early symptom of piles.
5. Slimy Mucous Discharge: One of the symptoms of internal piles is a discharge of clear and slimy mucous from the anus. This can be caused by the internal swelling, or by the bursting of varicose veins. This mucous is usually not painful, but can be a sign of extreme pain to come, and should not be written off.
6. Itching on the Anus: If you begin experiencing itchy and dry skin around the anus, then this can be a sign of internal piles. This happens when the varicose veins in the rectal region swell and stretch the skin taut. This tightness can cause dry and flaky skin near the sphincter and is usually very itchy.
7. A Swollen Feeling in the Bowels: This swollen feeling in the bowels is usually caused by failing to completely empty the bowels during bowel movements. It gets harder to empty the bowels when the stool is hard and constipated.
External piles and internal piles are both very painful conditions, and can be treated. If any of these aforementioned symptoms apply to you, then you may want to speak with your general practitioner to see if piles could be on the horizon for you.
Just like most medical problems, early detection and quick treatment is important in avoiding the later problems associated with untreated hemorrhoids.