Hemorrhoids have long been joked about, but they’re no laughing matter. They can be painful and embarrassing, and it’s safe to say that no one wants them.
Unfortunately, some people are susceptible to recurring painful and uncomfortable hemorrhoids, while some people are lucky to never have visible hemorrhoids at all.
If you’re faced with the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids, it’s important to know which of the two hemorrhoid types you have so you can make an educated decision on how to treat them.
Hemorrhoids can be internal or external, meaning inside the rectum and invisible, or outside the anus and visible.
Internal hemorrhoids can prolapse, resulting in their appearance outside the body, and external hemorrhoids may become thrombosed, meaning blood vessels within them have broken and given them an ugly blue or purple appearance.
Below you will find a description of the different types and stages of hemorrhoids.