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How Can You Recognize Hemorrhoid Problems/Symptoms?

Hemorrhoid Problems and Symptoms

Although most people think hemorrhoids are abnormal, they are present in everyone. Not everyone experiences hemorrhoid problems or symptoms. The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons reports that 50 percent of all Americans will develop hemorrhoid problems in their lifetime.

Only when hemorrhoids enlarge are they considered abnormal and diseased. Both men and women are affected equally, but an individual may be more likely to experience hemorrhoid problems if their parents had them.

Many anorectal problems, including fissures, fistulae, abscesses, or irritation and itching (pruritus ani), have similar symptoms and are incorrectly referred to as hemorrhoids.

The most common symptom of internal hemorrhoids is bright red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl. However, an internal hemorrhoid may protrude through the anus outside the body, becoming irritated and painful.

Symptoms of external hemorrhoids may include painful swelling or a hard lump around the anus when a blood clot forms.

When rectal pain, itching or bleeding occurs and continues for more than a week, it is best to consult a doctor.

The physicians of the Colon & Rectal Clinic specialize in diagnosing and treating hemorrhoid problems and other colorectal diseases, using the latest minimally invasive procedures.

What Causes Hemorrhoids?

Pregnant women often get hemorrhoids because of the strain from carrying the baby and from giving birth. For most women, such hemorrhoids are a temporary problem. Obesity, straining during bowel movements, sitting too long on the toilet, or standing or lifting too much can make hemorrhoids worse. Constipation is often the main cause of hemorrhoids.

Treating Hemorrhoids Quickly Reduces Pain and Speeds Recovery

Treating Hemorrhoids

One reason people do not talk about hemorrhoid problems with their doctor is because they anticipate a painful, traditional hemorrhoid surgery.

Medical treatment of hemorrhoids is aimed initially at relieving symptoms. Often lifestyle and dietary changes, topical medications, and good hygiene may be all that are needed to reduce the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Most painful hemorrhoids stop hurting on their own in one to two weeks.

Your CRC physician will discuss a variety of treatment options and suggest the most appropriate to alleviate your hemorrhoid problems. Hemorrhoid treatments include:

  • Rubber band ligation. A rubber band is placed around the base of the hemorrhoid inside the rectum. The band cuts off circulation, and the hemorrhoid withers away within a few days.
  • Sclerotherapy. A chemical solution is injected around the blood vessel to shrink the hemorrhoid.
  • Infrared coagulation. A special device is used to burn hemorrhoidal tissue.
  • Hemorrhoidectomy. Occasionally, extensive or severe internal or external hemorrhoids may require removal by surgery known as hemorrhoidectomy.
  • Procedure for Prolapse and Hemorrhoids (PPH). It generally allows patients to recover from hemorrhoid surgery faster and with less pain than with conventional hemorrhoidectomy procedures.

A thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis of hemorrhoid problems by a trained physician is important any time bleeding from the rectum or blood in the stool occurs. Bleeding may also be a symptom of other digestive diseases, including colorectal cancer.

If you are experienced anal bleeding, pain and/or itching,contact the Colon & Rectal Clinic nearest you to schedule an evaluation. You´ll feel better sooner.