A prolapsed hemorrhoid is an internal hemorrhoid that has begun protruding from the anus. When an internal hemorrhoid becomes prolapsed, chances are that symptoms will be similar to that of external hemorrhoids. The bulging, protruding tissue will gradually begin to cause itchiness, irritation, and bleeding from the anus. If large enough, you will be able to feel the prolapsed pile with your finger and push it back into the anus.
The classification of internal hemorrhoids are based on the severity of the prolapse. Grades are as follows:
Grade 1: No prolapse. The hemorrhoid tissue still remains inside the rectum.
Grade 2: Minor prolapse. The internal hemorrhoid will occasionally protrude outside the anus and then go back in on its own.
Grade 3: Increased prolapse. The protruding lump cannot retreat on its own and must be pushed in manually.
Grade 4: Severe prolapse. Hemorrhoid has become painful and cannot be pushed back in.
Prolapsed hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids can have very similar symptoms, but certain symptoms point to a prolapsed internal hemorrhoid, including:
- Bright red blood after wiping
- Mucus discharge from the anus
- A feeling that you can’t “wipe” away a stool
- An irritating mass you can usually push back into the anus
It’s important to discuss any hemorrhoid symptoms with a certified gastroenterologist, especially if you think an internal hemorrhoid has become prolapsed. Only your doctor can give a proper diagnosis and discuss your treatment options. Be sure to ask about the CRH O’Regan System and how easily it can remove your prolapsed hemorrhoids. With constant, nagging symptoms and the possibility of it becoming worse, a prolapsed hemorrhoid is one condition you won’t want to ignore.