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How do hemorrhoids affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hemorrhoids - swollen veins in your rectum and anus - can affect your body in different ways. The mucus discharge that occurs with some hemorrhoids may make you feel as if you haven't fully emptied your rectum after a bowel movement. In other cases, the hemorrhoids that form around your anus - external hemorrhoids - can collect excess blood, develop a clot, and cause intense pain.

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