Do Hemorrhoids smell? How can you stop them smelling?
Hemorrhoids are amongst the most uncomfortable subjects to talk about, but add to that the subject of whether they smell or not, and even the most resilient of sufferers will be feeling a bit awkward.
Nevertheless, it remains true that piles can occasionally hemorrhoids smell.
Perhaps you may not even be aware that you have hemorrhoids but are increasingly aware that you seem to be emitting a less than pleasant smell from your anal region. This could mean that your hemorrhoid is inflamed and your body is just letting you know.
Why do hemorrhoids smell?
Many hemorrhoid sufferers don’t realise that from time to time hemorrhoids can become inflamed and irritated, which can cause them to emit an unpleasant smell.
When piles become inflamed, the veins and support tissues around the lower rectal area (internal piles) or underneath the skin around the anus (external piles) swell up.
If internal piles become swollen it can mean that you lose a certain amount of control of your anal sphincter, the muscle that keeps your back passage closed. Should this happen, then you could find that you produce a small amount of anal leakage consisting of stool (poo) and fluid. It can sometimes be the tiniest amount but enough to create the offending smell.
How bad can smelly piles get?
As you can imagine, any sort of bowel movement is never going to create a pleasant smell, so even the temporary slight loss of control of your sphincter, will have a similar result.
If you are one of the sufferers unlucky enough to experience this symptom, there are ways of helping to neutralise the smell. A sitz bath or regular warm baths will help bring the odour under control.
Is a fishy smell from hemorrhoids normal?
It could be a sign of a number of issues but is more than likely smelly piles related.
The smell is most likely anal discharge from the rectum produced by the mucus membrane as opposed to the leaking of faecal matter (poo) due to loss of sphincter control.
Whilst this all sounds unbearably embarrassing, the chances are that no one else around you will pick up on the smell, especially if you maintain a regular personal hygiene programme.
Can hemorrhoids smell if they burst?
External hemorrhoids that have developed clots of blood are typically the ones that might pop. This could result in a metallic, iron smell from a mixture of blood and mucus that may have collected in the haemorrhoid.
You can usually spot blood clots in external piles by the purple bruised look. If you have this or an enlarged pile then it would be advisable to make an appointment with your GP.
Alternatively, you can make a discreet call to an eXroid advisor and they can arrange an appointment with one of our eXroid practitioners. But please note that eXroid treats only internal haemorrhoids.
Is there anything I can do to reduce the smell of hemorrhoids?
There are some simple things that you can do that will help.
Take warm baths or showers more often.
Use haemorrhoid creams or witch hazel.
Drink plenty of water and swap to a high fibre diet to make sure your stools are not so hard.
How to cure hemorrhoid smell?
Nothing will cure you of ever having another hemorrhoid again but at least you can eradicate the ones you have right now.
There are a number of surgical and non-surgical treatments available. You can read about the main ones in our haemorrhoid treatments page
eXroid electrotherapy is one such non-surgical treatment. It’s safe, effective and one of the least invasive treatments available. This useful at a glance guide will give you an idea of the benefits.
eXroid electrotherapy is NOT a heat treatment
No preparation (e.g. no enema)
No anaesthesia and no hospital stay
Non-invasive – no cutting or needles
Each treatment takes 10-30 minutes
Usually painless/causes minimal or no discomfort.
Nearly all patients resume normal activities the same day
50% of patients cleared with one treatment, 80% with two
Approved for reimbursement by all major insurance companies
Appointments usually within two weeks of booking
Positive NICE guidance