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Hemorrhoids: Do I Need To See A Doctor? 

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A hemorrhoid is a hemorrhagic tissue that can be both internal and external. It often causes pain, itching, and bleeding, which can be an annoyance. However, is that enough to warrant a doctor’s visit? This article explores and answers the question when hemorrhoids can be severe enough to warrant a doctor’s visit.

Hemorrhoids occur when too much pressure is on the veins in the anus or rectum. The hemorrhoidal tissues swell as a result of this pressure. There is nothing you can do to avoid hemorrhoids, but there are several things you can do if hemorrhoids develop. 

  1. Eat fiber-rich food such as green leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grains. These fiber-rich foods help regulate bowel movements and lessen constipation and straining during your bowel movement.
  1. Wear comfortable under-gear, especially underwear with cotton lining that wicks away moisture and keeps the hemorrhoids dry.
  1. Don’t lift heavy objects; this only increases the pressure on the hemorrhoidal tissues. Refrain from sitting or standing for long periods, If you’re going to exercise take it easy and don’t lift weights.
  1. Stop Smoking as Smoking irritates hemorrhoids.
  1. Don’t strain when you have a bowel movement, as straining can worsen hemorrhoids by increasing pressure on hemorrhoidal tissues, especially if they are already blood-engorged.

 

Do I Need To See A Doctor About Hemorrhoids?

 

Hemorrhoids are common, and most cases will not develop into serious health problems. However, they can indicate a more severe condition such as colon cancer, which is why it’s essential to see your doctor immediately if you notice any unusual changes in bowel movements or blood in your stool. You should also see a doctor if hemorrhoids are accompanied by pain or discomfort that won’t go away.

A comprehensive history is usually sufficient to diagnose hemorrhoids, but laboratory tests may also be necessary in some cases. Lack of improvement despite best hemorrhoid treatment may indicate another health problem. If hemorrhoids get worse or hemorrhaging occurs, consult your doctor immediately.

You don’t need to visit your doctor for every hemorrhoid flare-up. Still, you should be aware of the symptoms of hemorrhoids so that you can treat them earlier on before they get worse. Waiting until hemorrhoids cause severe discomfort may lead to complications like chronic (long-lasting) hemorrhoid disease.

 

Hemorrhoid Treatments A Doctor May Suggest

 

Hemorrhoids can be treated by hemorrhoidal suppositories, which shrink hemorrhoids quickly without surgical intervention. However, surgical procedures like hemorrhoidectomy or rubber band ligation may be necessary for more severe cases.

Hemorrhoid cream containing hydrocortisone, a corticosteroid, to reduce swelling and relieve irritation can also be an effective treatment option. Many hemorrhoids heal themselves within a month of occurrence.

Ask your doctor about HemWell, an FDA-approved, pain-free treatment that’s permanent. If your provider doesn’t offer HemWell, we can assist you in finding one that does. Please visit our website to learn more about this life-changing treatment. Learn more about hemorrhoids.