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Hemorrhoids Specialist

Farouk S. Tootla, MD, FACS, FACCRS -  - Colorectal Surgeon

Farouk S. Tootla, MD, FACS, FACCRS

Colorectal Surgeon located in Waterford, MI

If you're suffering from hemorrhoids, you know how much the pain and discomfort associated with them can inconvenience your busy life. Although hemorrhoids are rarely dangerous, they can cause pain, itching, bleeding, and difficulty having a bowel movement if not treated. Dr. Farouk Tootla provides safe and effective treatment for hemorrhoids in his Waterford, Michigan, practice. Call the office or use our online booking tool to schedule your appointment today.

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are veins in the rectum that have become swollen and sore. Although hemorrhoids are common and rarely dangerous, they can be quite uncomfortable, especially when you’re trying to have a bowel movement.

Hemorrhoids can be internal or external. You usually can’t see or feel internal hemorrhoids but may experience bright red blood in your stool as a result. External hemorrhoids can generally be seen around the anus; these hemorrhoids are usually more painful.

What causes hemorrhoids?

If your parents have hemorrhoids, you might be at higher risk of having hemorrhoids, too. Other causes include obesity, straining while having a bowel movement, heavy lifting, pregnancy, constipation, or sitting on the toilet too long.

What are the signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids?

The signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids include:

  • Itching, pain, or discomfort near the anus
  • Blood on your toilet paper after wiping
  • Blood in the toilet after using the bathroom
  • Bulging tissue around the anus

Can hemorrhoids be prevented?

Though there’s no sure way to prevent hemorrhoids in every case, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of hemorrhoids. Eat plenty of fiber daily, drink water according to your doctor’s recommendations, participate in moderate exercise daily, and go to the bathroom as soon as you feel like you have to go.

How are hemorrhoids treated?

You can take some steps at home to alleviate the pain associated with hemorrhoids. A warm bath, lubricant around the anus, witch hazel pads, or an ice pack might help. You should also increase your dietary intake of fiber and water. If these measures don’t help, Dr. Tootla will explain other options, which might include injections, rubber band ligation, cauterization, or surgery.

When is treatment necessary?

Treatment is necessary when you aren’t able to manage your symptoms at home. It’s unlikely that your hemorrhoid can cause serious complications, but treatment is important in alleviating your pain and discomfort so you can work and enjoy life. In some cases, a specialist may simply give you better tools to use at home, while in other cases, additional treatment is recommended.