• Alternative Names

    Rectal lump; Piles; Lump in the rectum


    Symptoms of hemorrhoids include:

    • Anal itching
    • Anal ache or pain, especially while sitting
    • Bright red blood on toilet tissue, stool, or in the toilet bowl
    • Pain during bowel movements
    • One or more hard tender lumps near the anus

    Signs and tests

    A doctor can often diagnose hemorrhoids simply by examining the rectal area. If necessary, tests that may help diagnose the problem include:

    • Stool guaiac (shows the presence of blood)
    • Sigmoidoscopy
    • Anoscopy