What Is A Thrombosed External Hemorrhoid?

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When we speak of hemorrhoids, we may all think alike—visualizing that red and inflamed protrusion in one’s anal region. However, that is not the case of hemorrhoids, all the time. When we say hemorrhoids, it technically means an inflammation of the anal vascular strictures that allows the control of defecation.

Types of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids exist in two main forms—the internal and external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids as the term suggests are vascular inflammations that are located inside the anal canal. Most of the time, these hemorrhoids will not elicit any pain… but there are times that they may bleed due to force and pressure. The fact that they rarely cause discomfort is also the reason why some people may be unaware that they have internal hemorrhoids.

External hemorrhoids on the other hand, are those located outside the anal canal. These are the types of hemorrhoids which usually cause pain, bleeding and discomfort upon defecation. Apart from bleeding and pain, an external hemorrhoid may also lead to frequent itchiness in the affected area, skin breakdown and sometimes, it may bleed, even without the urge to defecate. One common characteristic found among patients suffering from external hemorrhoids is thrombosis. Thrombosis refers to the development of blood clots in the external hemorrhoids and the rupture of the veins therewith. Collectively, this is referred to as thrombosed external hemorrhoids.

These are the common thrombosed external hemorrhoid symptoms associated with such condition:

Thrombosed External Hemorrhoid Symptoms

Pain, Burning Sensation in the Site. Like any usual form of inflammatory response, warmth, pain and impairment in function are common thrombosed external hemorrhoid symptoms. These may occur even when a person is doing normal activities like sitting in the couch, walking, and the sensation worsens when one starts to feel the urge to defecate.

Inflammation of the Area. Thrombosed external hemorrhoids symptoms include inflammation of the anal area. Needless to say, due to the high vascularity and pressure put into the veins of the hemorrhoids, the area will inflame. This inflammation will commonly push the inflamed hemorrhoids further outside the anal area giving rise to the protrusion of such.

Itchiness and Skin Breakdown. Due to the dryness and exposure of the supposedly moist area of the anus into the air—which may be dry, humid and most often that not, contaminated with bacteria, the skin may break down and feel itchy. The urge to scratch these hemorrhoids is always there and sometimes, it may feel like its burning.

Discoloration of the Area. Discoloration of the area is one of the most common thrombosed external hemorrhoid symptoms. Because of the thrombosis or the formation of clot in the anal region, the affected area may appear deep purplish in color or dark red, depending on the severity of the condition.

Bleeding. Because of the vascularity of the area, thrombosed external hemorrhoid symptoms may occur such as bleeding. Such bleeding may occur during defecation or even in normal activities where you exert pressure especially in your pelvic muscles or performing such actions which make you strain.

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