Do I have a thrombosed external hemorrhoid?
A thrombosed external hemorrhoid sounds like a very alarming condition, but if you have a one or even if you think you might have one, don’t panic. Thrombosed external hemorrhoids are painful (and unsightly, if it’s prolapsed) but they are not life-threatening like deep-vein thrombosis. What is a thrombosed external hemorrhoid? Basically, it is a hemorrhoid located near the opening of the anus (an external hemorrhoid) that has developed a clot inside it (thrombosis). Alternatively, a thrombosed hemorrhoid can occur if the vein inside the hemorrhoid ruptures. Thrombosed external hemorrhoid is much more common than internal ones. This is because external hemorrhoids are more prone to the damage that causes the thrombosis. Internal ones are protected from the knocks, bumps and pressure that does the damage. Internal prolapsed haemorrhoids, however, may become strangulated if the anus tightens around the hemorrhoid and squeezes it. As you can imagine, this is very painful. As mentioned abo