Hemorrhoids

Stop The Strain!

Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed blood vessels and veins that cause many people pain and discomfort. By age fifty almost half of all adults have had to deal with the bleeding, discomfort, and itch that signals the presence of hemorrhoids in the body. Also known as “piles,” they occur in your anus and rectum.

What Causes Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are common, but there are several risk factors/behaviors that are linked to the development of hemorrhoids in the body. These lifestyle choices are known to cause or co-occur with hemorrhoids:

HemorrhoidsHemorrhoids symptoms are easy to notice, but the extent of your hemorrhoid problems are impossible to self-diagnose. Painless bleeding from the rectum is the most common sign of hemorrhoids, but rectal bleeding can co-occur with anal and colorectal cancers. Don’t assume anything is hemorrhoids until you consult your doctor.

It is important to get checked out by your doctor if you have even a couple of these symptoms:

If your symptoms begin with a change in your bowel habits, and you start passing black, tarry or maroon stools or notice blood clots or blood mixed in your stool, consult your doctor right away because it could be a sign of more extensive bleeding in your digestive tract.

Dealing With Hemorrhoids

There are three essential self-care methods you can use to get rid of your hemorrhoids, steroids (hydrocortisone cream), soothing remedies (ice, cold compresses), and changes in lifestyle (high fiber diet). Some other topical treatments for hemorrhoids that are known to work well are as follows:

HemorrhoidsStool softeners, high-fiber diet, and ten glasses of water a day are also known to help ease the strain and pain of hemorrhoids. Lifestyle changes and topical treatments work very well on external hemorrhoids. However, if you are diagnosed with internal hemorrhoids that are big enough to jeopardize your digestive health, or if your case of hemorrhoids is severe and does not resolve itself with at-home treatment, will need to go in for hemorrhoid surgery.

Hemorrhoid Surgery Procedures

Post-Op Care

Rectal and anal pain are to be expected while recovering from hemorrhoid surgery. Your doctor may prescribe a painkiller to ease your discomfort during recovery.

While recovering, make sure to:

Ultimately, it is up to you to refrain from diagnosing yourself with hemorrhoids. We all experience these symptoms occasionally; make sure you are meeting with doctors who will consider every option before diagnosing you. Hemorrhoid surgery isn’t for everyone, but it could be for you!

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