Common Symptoms that Are Not Necessarily Hemorrhoids
Although hemorrhoids aren't exactly a 'mysterious' condition by any stretch of imagination, the truth is that people often misdiagnose themselves with the condition. All in all, it seems to be a tendency to assume that you have hemorrhoids the minute any blood is seen in the vicinity of the anal cavity. Needless to say, this isn't the best way to self-diagnose, and the truth is that there are many other conditions that share common symptoms with hemorrhoids.
After all -- what are the symptoms of hemorrhoids? Naturally, as you probably well know, the bleeding is one symptom that is well documented, and so there's no need to go into that. Apart from that however, hemorrhoid symptoms include pain, discomfort, itching, and so on -- all of which are not exactly 'distinct' in their own right either.
Matter of fact, the only real distinct symptom of hemorrhoids would be that it sometimes tends to portrude. Even so, this only occurs in some cases, and so it isn't a foolproof method of identifying and differentiating hemorrhoids from other similar conditions.
Some of the other conditions that share these types of symptoms include anal fissures and fistulae, abscesses and melanoma. All of them can cause symptoms that make them tough to tell apart -- and seeing as you're probably not a trained medical professional, it may even be impossible for you to do so from your own home.
Due to this, it is ever so important that you actually seek out medical advice if you suspect yourself of having hemorrhoids. Granted, it may not even be very painful, but on the off chance that it is some other condition (and maybe even something more serious!) it would be best to find out for certain instead of attempting to simply self-diagnose.
Once you have confirmed that you have hemorrhoids, then you can start to think about maybe undergoing treatment. In many cases, hemorrhoids actually vanish within a few days at most -- so you might not even have to resort to going through any treatment at all.
End of the day, now that you're aware that just because there is blood it doesn't mean it is hemorrhoids, you should be able to see quite clearly that self-diagnosis probably isn't the best way to go. Get a professional opinion and find out for sure what's going on -- who knows, you might actually be able to catch problems early if you do so!