Question: Deciphering between a flare or a hemorrhoid

I was wondering if there was a way to tell the difference between the onset of a flare and hemorrhoids. Sometimes, I don't know the difference between just being paranoid that I'm having the onset of a flare or if its just a hemmies... How much can those things actually bleed??


Andrea M.

IBD Advocate


Hemorrhoids can bleed surprisingly a lot. The difference with a flare is that usually a flare has other associated features (urgency, more frequent bowel movements, loose stool). However there are times when bleeding is the only symptom with a flare meaning distinguishing between these two diagnoses can truly be a challenge.


Dr. Brian Bressler


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