Hemorrhoids, Should I Tell My Doctor About Them?
Have you been diagnosed with hemorrhoids? Or do you think that you have hemorrhoids? Either way, it might be a good idea to tell your doctor. Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the anus and lower rectum due to increased pressure during bowel movements.
What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the anus and lower rectum due to increased pressure during bowel movements. Sometimes symptoms can include pain or itching around the anus, bright red blood on toilet tissue or stools, and toilet bowl water. This is a prevalent problem for adults that are 50 years old and over; however, they can happen at any time throughout life, especially if you lift heavy things (like moving boxes). They can also be caused through pregnancy, or you have chronic constipation.
What are common hemorrhoid symptoms?
Symptoms happen when too much pressure is put on veins around the anus or rectum. This can occur when you strain during bowel movements or sit or stand up for long periods without taking breaks. Some common symptoms include:
– pain, especially when sitting
They can also be a sign of other health problems. If you have symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor to find out the cause.
What causes hemorrhoids?
A few different things can cause hemorrhoids, such as lifting heavy things (like moving boxes), too much pressure is put on the veins in this area, you are pregnant, or you have chronic constipation. They can also happen if you don’t get enough exercise and your muscles aren’t working correctly to help move your bowels along.
Who gets hemorrhoids?
Anyone can get hemorrhoids, but they’re more common in adults, especially after age 50. Men are more likely to get them than women are. Most are inside the anus. Symptoms may be worse during pregnancy because of blood flow and pressure changes in the pelvic area.
Do I need to see a doctor about my hemorrhoids?
If you are experiencing any hemorrhoid symptoms, it is best to go and see your doctor. They can help to diagnose the problem and provide treatment options if necessary.
What are treatment options for my hemorrhoids?
Your doctor might suggest a few different treatment options. These include over-the-counter medications like creams or ointments, warm baths, ice packs, changing your diet to include more fiber, and surgery. It is essential to speak with your doctor to find the best treatment plan.
If you have hemorrhoids, it is important to tell your doctor. They can help to diagnose the problem and provide treatment options if necessary.
They can be diagnosed in 3 ways:
1) External hemorrhoids can sometimes be seen when inspecting the anal area
2) Internal hemorrhoids typically cannot be seen but rather felt by passing a finger into the anus
3) A blood test may be done to help rule out thrombocytopenic purpura (a condition where the blood doesn’t clot properly)
Symptoms may include:
– Pain or itching around the anus
– Bright red blood on toilet tissue, stools, or in the toilet bowl water
– Swelling and/or protrusion around the anus
Surgery is usually used to treat hemorrhoids that are large, painful or bleeding. There are many different types of surgery. Your doctor can help figure out which surgery is right for you. Surgery may involve one or more of the following procedures:
– hemorrhoidectomy: removing hemorrhoids surgically
– sclerotherapy: injecting a chemical into the blood vessels around hemorrhoids to shrink them
– infrared coagulation: using infrared light to shrink
– laser coagulation: using a laser to shrink
– banding: putting a band around to cut off the blood supply
– stapling: using staples to attach hemorrhoidal tissue to the inside of the anus
There are also some natural treatments that people have used for centuries. These include:
– taking herbs like butcher’s broom, horse chestnut, and ginger
– using essential oils like lavender, cypress, and lemon
– drinking herbal teas like chamomile, dandelion, and mint
– using an ice pack for about 15 minutes at a time several times a day. This may help reduce swelling and discomfort.
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