If you have never experienced either condition then it may have difficulty when trying how to tell if it is hemorrhoids or enlarged prostate. Hemorrhoids are actually enlarged veins in the lower rectum and anus and tend to clear up after a few days. There are two types of hemorrhoids. External hemorrhoids occur outside the anal opening and internal hemorrhoids are inside the lower rectum and anus.
It is possible to have both at the same time.Though hemorrhoids do clear up after a few days the symptom can be quite disruptive and can cause bleeding and excruciating pain. Over 75% of individuals over 30 will experience hemorrhoids. However men tend to develop hemorrhoids that require medical treatment. Hemorrhoids are usually discovered as they can be felt as lumps or bleeding is noticed. An enlarged prostate occurs in men and tends to occur after the age of 40. The prostate actually surrounds the urethra which delivers urine from the bladder to the penis. An enlarged prostate tends to make urination difficult or painful.
Some common symptoms include repeated urinary tract infections, sensitive bladder, acute urinary retention, dribbling of urine, leaking urine and even kidney damage. However some men also have no symptoms with an enlarged prostate.So the two conditions hemorrhoids and an enlarged prostrate are quite different as they affect a different part of your body. Hemorrhoids can happen to anyone and occur in and outside the lower rectum and anus.
An enlarged prostrate effects the urethra and bladder and can make urination very difficult. While hemorrhoids can go away an enlarged prostrate does not and you will need treatment. If for some reason you think you are suffering from wither you should schedule an appointment with your doctor. If they are left unchecked they can develop into serious medical problems.