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.
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.
The signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids include:
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.
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.
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.
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