Hemorrhoids are when the veins around the anus, which stretch under pressure, become swollen or bulging.  Hemorrhoids can occur either internally (veins inside the rectum) or externally (under the skin around the anus).  Hemorrhoid symptoms often become evident during bowel movements.

If you have noticed discomfort, like anal itching or blood in your stool or on your toilet paper, this may be the first sign of hemorrhoids.  A doctor will be able to confirm if you have hemorrhoids and whether they are external or internal.

Even though hemorrhoids are a common and easily treatable issue you should contact your doctor if you notice the symptoms of hemorrhoids, as they can also be symptoms of more serious health issues.