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Is There a Danger of Bleeding Hemorrhoids?

Posted on January 31, 2024

Internal hemorrhoids can cause symptoms like bleeding when you pass stool. For most patients, that symptom is scary, but not a serious medical concern. Sometimes, however, bleeding hemorrhoids could require immediate medical attention. So, how can you identify the dangers of bleeding hemorrhoids? And can treatment prevent complications? Here's what you need to know.

Types of Hemorrhoids

Your hemorrhoids may form internally, inside the rectum, or externally, surrounding the anal opening. Both internal and external hemorrhoids may bleed, but this symptom is most frequently associated with internal hemorrhoids, especially if you notice bright red blood with bowel movements. Usually, the bleeding isn't dangerous. However, internal hemorrhoids can also cause itchiness and discomfort, causing many patients to seek relief through treatment.

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When do Hemorrhoids Bleed?

Hemorrhoids may bleed for a number of reasons. Most often, you'll notice bleeding when you strain to pass stool; the pressure may damage the hemorrhoid surface, causing bleeding.

Less commonly, bleeding is a sign that a hemorrhoid has burst, and that can be a more serious concern. Rarely, hemorrhoid formation damages your delicate surrounding skin, causing bleeding due to ulceration. However, most patients can avoid these complications by seeking timely hemorrhoid treatment.

Are There Dangers of Bleeding Hemorrhoids?

Can bleeding hemorrhoids be dangerous? In fact, they can, if your hemorrhoids become thrombosed (an internal blood clot forms). Thrombosed hemorrhoids may rupture and lead to heavy bleeding, requiring immediate medical attention. Yet you can usually avoid this complication by treating your hemorrhoids when their symptoms are still less severe.

Seeking Treatment Can Prevent Dangers of Bleeding Hemorrhoids

As soon as you notice bleeding hemorrhoids, it's time to start exploring treatment options. At the Georgia Hemorrhoid Institute, we perform minimally invasive hemorrhoid artery embolization (HAE) to treat stage two and three internal hemorrhoids. This option provides relief from bleeding, while allowing you to avoid surgery and overnight hospital stays.

Ready to relieve your bleeding hemorrhoids? Our specialists are prepared to help! Click here to request an appointment with our hemorrhoid specialists in Georgia.

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