Why do hemorrhoids itch?

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According to WebMD, itching is a frequent complaint of individuals suffering from hemorrhoids due to the fact that internal hemorrhoids tend to seep mucus that causes itching and irritation of the anal skin. Additional symptoms of internal hemorrhoids include bleeding following a bowel movement and mild discomfort. Internal hemorrhoids typically do not cause severe pain unless they become swollen.

The Mayo Clinic explains that external hemorrhoids are located under the skin around the anus and it is common for the delicate surface skin to itch and bleed when irritated. Bleeding during bowel movements is one of the most common signs of hemorrhoids, but it is always important to consult with a physician in order to diagnose or rule out more serious medical conditions.

According to Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County, prolapsed hemorrhoids cause itching in the anus that is referred to as pruritus ani. Hemorrhoids prolapse when they become swollen and protrude through the anal canal. An external hemorrhoid can become extremely painful if it develops a blood clot, as the additional swelling can cause additional distress. It is important for anyone experiencing prolapsed hemorrhoids that remain outside the anus or severe pain of the rectum or anus to consult with a health professional.

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