The most commonly presented complaint in the GP practice is rectal bleeding (bright red, drop-wise, on the stool, on the toilet paper or in the toilet bowl after the stool). Other complaints are itching and pain, among other things due to leakage of mucus or feces or by sagging hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids usually give short-term symptoms that spontaneously pass. Hemorrhoids that have developed during pregnancy and childbirth usually disappear after a few weeks. Sharp pain symptoms may indicate fissure ani or thrombus formation in an external hemorrhoid.