Like the exterior part of the anus is swollen, blue/purplish, maybe even one part that might look black. Basically swollen vein(s) around the anus, sometimes just above or below or around.
Do an images search on external hemorrhoids.....but don't get too freaked out at how some of them look like....can be scary....but it can be encouraging for us to deal with things early rather than waiting too late. Well, it does me, anyway.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!