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Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are enlarged or swollen veins in the lower rectum. The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids are rectal bleeding, itching, and pain. You may be able to see or feel hemorrhoids around the outside of the anus, or they may be hidden from view, inside the rectum.

Hemorrhoids are common, occurring in both men and women. Although hemorrhoids do not usually cause serious health problems, they can be annoying and uncomfortable. Fortunately, treatments for hemorrhoids are available and can usually minimize the bothersome symptoms.

Hemorrhoid Symptoms

Hemorrhoids are more common in older people and in those who have diarrhea, pelvic tumors, during or after pregnancy, and in people who sit for prolonged periods of time and/or strain (push hard) to have a bowel movement.

Symptoms of hemorrhoids can include the following:
  • Painless rectal bleeding
  • Anal itching or pain
  • Tissue bulging around the anus
  • Leakage of feces or difficulty cleaning after a bowel movement
Rectal bleeding--Many people with hemorrhoids notice bright red blood on the stool, in the toilet, or on the toilet tissue after a bowel movement. While hemorrhoids are one of the most common reasons for rectal bleeding, there are other more serious causes. It is not possible to know what cause of rectal bleeding unless you are examined by your healthcare provider.

Itching--Hemorrhoids cause itching and irritation of skin around the anus.

Pain--Hemorrhoids can be painful. If you have severe pain, call your physician immediately.

Hemorrhoids Diagnosis

To diagnose hemorrhoids, your physician will examine your rectum and anus, and may insert a gloved finger into the rectum or if there is bleeding testing will be a procedure that allows your physician to look inside the anus called colonoscopy.

Hemorrhoid Treatments

Constipation can lead to rectal bleeding and a tear in the anus, called an anal fissure. Pushing and straining to move your bowels can worsen existing hemorrhoids and increase the risk of developing new hemorrhoids. As initial treatment of hemorrhoid; you must avoid constipation. Below is several tips:

Fiber supplements--Fiber is one of the best ways to soften your stools. Fiber is found in fruits and vegetables. Include about 20 grams of fiber to your daily diet.

Laxatives--If increasing fiber in your daily diet does not relieve your constipation, you can try a laxative. Laxatives are not addictive and it may actually prevent long-term problems with constipation.

Warm baths--Fill up the bathtub with warm water and soak your rectal for about 15 minutes several times a day. Do not add soap or bubble bath in water. This process will improve blood flow and relaxes the muscle around the anus.

Other treatments--Various over the counter creams and suppositories are available to relieve Pain, itching and inflammation however you should not use these product long period of time unless you consult your physician.

Hemorrhoid Banding

If your hemorrhoids still causes problem after using the above exercises you may want to consider Hemorrhoid banding which is the most widely used procedure.

Hemorrhoid banding is a painless same day procedure and successful in most patients. Rubber bands or rings are placed around the base of an internal hemorrhoid. As the blood supply is restricted, the hemorrhoid shrinks and degenerates over several days. Many patients report a sense of "tightness" after the procedure. You may practice warm baths exercise for comfort. Patients are encouraged to use fiber supplements to avoid constipation. This procedure rarely causes serious complications.

Hemorrhoids Surgery

If you continue to have hemorrhoids despite all initial treatment and hemorrhoid banding, you may require surgical removal of hemorrhoids (hemorrhoidectomy). Surgery is the treatment of choice for patients with large internal hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoidectomy involves surgically removing excess hemorrhoidal tissue.