Hemorrhoids, When Should You Get Help?
What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins in the anus or lower rectum due to increased blood pressure. The increase of symptoms can be caused by straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, obesity, and chronic diarrhea.
What are hemorrhoid symptoms?
There is no reason for unnecessary concern about them because more than half of patients don’t develop lasting complications, and they heal within a few days without treatment. However, they can lead to other health issues if not treated early, so do whatever you can to avoid this by using home remedies for piles and seeing a doctor immediately when necessary. It is recommended that you see your doctor when experiencing any one of the following hemorrhoid symptoms:
– Bleeding from the anus
– Pain that does not go away
– Swollen rectal tissue
In this article, I will discuss what you need to be aware of piles and how they are treated so that if the situation arises, you will know precisely what you should do.
First of all, though symptoms may vary from patient to patient, most patients report having a hard time passing stool because of extreme bowel movement pressure and pain in the anal area. In some cases, patients report having mild rectal bleeding and feeling as though there is a lump near the rectum that requires them to strain when going to the bathroom.
Some piles can cause a sharp pain around rectal tissue that worsens when sitting, standing, or walking. However, they rarely cause fever, and most symptoms go away within a few days.
When should you see a doctor about your hemorrhoids?
If you believe you have piles, the first step you should take is to see your doctor so they can do a physical exam of the anus area as well as try to identify symptoms by asking questions about how long your piles have been present and if there has been any bleeding from rectal tissue. Also, be sure to let your doctor know if you’re experiencing any other abnormal rectal problems such as itching or discomfort because these could be signs of a different medical condition.
If you notice any signs of more severe symptoms, it’s best to see your doctor right away so you can get treatment and avoid further complications. You should also schedule an appointment with your doctor if you experience any one of the following symptoms:
- Rectal bleeding
- Straining during bowel movements for more than two weeks
- Swollen hemorrhoidal tissue around a painful lump on the anus area
- Feel as though there is a piece of hemorrhoidal tissue sticking out from your anus.
What are treatments for hemorrhoids?
They may not require any treatment if they don’t cause pain or other symptoms, but treatments should be sought out when they become painful. There are many types of treatments but none of them are very effective: suppository, cream, and home remedies for piles. They can be treated surgically with rubber band ligation (banding), which is done in an outpatient center under local anesthesia; infra-red coagulation (IRC); or with hemorrhoidectomy, a removal surgery.
Even though they may be uncomfortable, it’s best to get them checked out by your doctor if you experience more severe symptoms such as bleeding from the piles or having difficulty with bowel movements. In these cases, get help right away.
In general, they are very easy to diagnose because symptoms are easy to recognize. Most piles are bothersome, but only a tiny percentage of patients suffer from piles that cause severe symptoms. Also, keep in mind that doctors do not consider them a serious medical condition unless they cause lasting complications such as bleeding or prolapse (when rectal tissue protrudes out of the anus).
However, they can usually be treated at home with remedies to prevent further complications without seeing your doctor. More than half of patients who use home remedies for piles find that their piles may clear up within two days or less. Many treatments are available today to help you relieve symptoms and make your life easier. If you want relief right away, here are some remedies for pain relief:
- Ice packs
- Warm baths
- Preparation H cream
- Good hygiene
With piles, the best treatment you can get is remedies aimed at relieving symptoms. However, remember that they are usually not serious enough to require medical treatment unless they cause lasting complications. Most people find relief from piles with treatments for minor conditions or simple remedies for immediate pain relief. If your piles are bothersome but don’t require medical attention, try these great ways to relieve discomfort on your own before contacting a doctor about getting rid of them.
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