Hemorrhoids can negatively impact your quality of life. With effective treatment by our colorectal experts, you can achieve relief of symptoms.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around the rectum and anus that can cause pain, bleeding and discomfort. They’re relatively common but some people can be more likely to experience them. Read more about hemorrhoids here [link to hemorrhoids page].
Generally, symptomatic hemorrhoids may subside over time. However, more severe hemorrhoids can require treatment to reduce the chance of complications or severe symptoms.
It’s also important to consult a colorectal expert if you experience rectal bleeding and think it may be hemorrhoids. Certain gastrointestinal disorders like colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis can present similar symptoms.
There are a few different methods to treat hemorrhoids, both at home and with the help of a colorectal expert. Here are a few ways you can achieve relief.
The best way to treat hemorrhoids is by preventing them. You can do this by using stool softeners and getting sufficient fiber in your diet. This can help you avoid pushing and straining when you pass a bowel. Avoid sitting on the toilet for too long, as well. If you do experience hemorrhoid-related symptoms, you can apply over-the-counter medications that often contain lidocaine and hydrocortisone to help manage discomfort and itching. A Sitz bath can also help manage symptoms. Additionally, make sure to clean the area with baby wipes or water instead of toilet paper to avoid irritation. Hemorrhoids will generally subside on their own with time.
This is a treatment option performed by your colorectal expert. During this procedure, a small rubber band is wrapped around the hemorrhoid to cut off blood supply. This is a quick and easy way to treat hemorrhoids that cause pain or discomfort.
This is a surgical procedure reserved for those that do not respond to conservative management or in-office procedures. This is usually performed in an operating room under anesthesia.
Hemorrhoids can be uncomfortable, but you don’t need to live with them. To learn more about your treatment options, schedule an appointment with our expert team by calling or filling out our online contact form.
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