What do hemorrhoids look like?

Before normal hemorrhoidal tissue can be seen it must become inflamed or cause symptoms (itching, pain).

Because normal hemorrhoids are inside the anus they cannot be seen. However swollen external hemorrhoids or internal hemorrhoids that have prolapsed (fallen out of the anus) can be seen.

A thrombosed hemorrhoid appears as a lump on the edge of the anus and has a dark bluish color due to the blood clot that is inside the blood vessel.

A non-thrombosed hemorrhoid appears as a rubbery lump. Sometimes they will appear as a group of swollen lumps.