Hemorrhoids can be a consistent problem in your day-to-day life. With the help of a colorectal expert, you can manage symptoms, achieve relief, and take preventive steps – and return to doing the things you love without discomfort.
Hemorrhoids are enlarged blood vessels around the anus and lower rectum. They’re very common, but some people are more likely to have symptoms. Hemorrhoids can be internal (inside the anal canal) or external. Certain gastrointestinal conditions can cause symptoms similar to hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids can sometimes be seen or felt on the surface of the anus. You may also experience symptoms like:
- Soreness or tenderness
- Aching when sitting
Hemorrhoids are most often caused by straining and excess pressure on your pelvic region. It can happen from activities like heavy lifting – or even as a result of pregnancy or weight gain. Factors like pushing too hard during a bowel movement or sitting on the toilet too long can also cause hemorrhoids. They’re more common in older patients.
There are many different options for treating hemorrhoids, both at home and with the help of a colorectal surgeon. Learn more about hemorrhoid treatments here.
Hemorrhoids can be easily treated, but it’s important to prevent them altogether. Make sure to avoid straining when passing a bowel or putting excess pressure on your pelvic region. Taking stool softeners and incorporating more fiber and water into your diet can help.
Hemorrhoids don’t need to prevent you from doing the things you love. To learn more about your treatment options and how our team can help, we invite you to contact ACE Clinic by calling or filling out our online contact form.
- How do you know if you have hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins in the lower rectum and anal canal. All humans are born with these blood vessels. They are part of the normal anatomy of the anal canal.
some times the hemorrhoids become symptomatic.
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.
- How do your hemorrhoids go away?
Mild hemorrhoidal symptoms can resolve with improving diet, avoiding constipation and straining and topical creams. more severe symptoms need assessment and treatment by your colorectal surgeon.
- When should I worry about hemorrhoids?
If your symptoms don’t go away with medical management or you have constant bleeding, the area needs to be examined by your doctor.
- Can hemorrhoids be cured?
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.
- What foods trigger hemorrhoids?
Generally, foods that you eat do not contribute to hemorrhoidal symptoms, however, if you’re eating food that is low in fiber and leads to constipation, straining and pressure it can cause hemorrhoids to become symptomatic.
- Can a hemorrhoid pop?
- Are hemorrhoids hard?
Hemorrhoids are typically soft, however if you have a blood clot or a thrombosed external hemorrhoid it would feel like a hard lump near the anal opening.
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