Thrombosed Hemorrhoids, How Can It Happen To You?


Hemorrhoids are very common, with symptoms being the most common of all anorectal problems. They can be divided into two broad categories – internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids. Internal development occurs due to increased pressure on veins in the anus. In contrast, external development tends to occur more frequently in people who sit for long periods or are heavily strained during bowel movements. While piles develop inside your rectum and outside your anus, thrombosed hemorrhoids only form outside your anus.

Thrombosed hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels inflamed due to excessive straining during bowel movements. If you experience this condition, you will notice extremely painful piles due to the rectal veins becoming blocked. Thrombosed piles are severe and must be treated as soon as you see them.

What Are Thrombosed Hemorrhoid Symptoms?

Symptoms of a thrombosed hemorrhoid include:

– extremely painful piles

– piles that iare very large

– an obstruction in your piles

– piles that are blue in color

Contact your doctor immediately for treatment options if you have any of these symptoms. 

What Causes Thrombosed Hemorrhoids?  

What causes them to become thrombosed? The leading cause of rectal vein obstruction is excessive straining. When you strain to have a bowel movement, your rectal veins are forced against the walls of your anus. If this happens for an extended period, these veins can swell and obstruct.

As congestion worsens, it leads to further inflammation and even more pressure on the rectal veins. The swelling will lead to the formation of blood clots in these veins, which leads to decreased blood flow due to congestion. This problem continues until there are no more functional veins left that can transport blood out of your anus.

Do I Need To Go To The ER For A Thrombosed Hemorrhoid?

If you have a rectal vein that has completely hemorrhaged and lost its ability to transport blood, in this case, you should seek emergency treatment at the nearest hospital. If you have a thrombosed pile with accompanying symptoms such as hemorrhage or severe pain, it is best to contact your doctor for treatment options. At-home treatments are rarely effective in these cases unless they are combined with medical intervention from a physician or healthcare professional.

What Are Thrombosed Hemorrhoid Treatments?

While there are no quick fixes for this condition, if it is caught early enough, most piles can be treated successfully at home using treatments.

To begin treatment, you should rest and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Do not strain when having a bowel movement. Use suppositories designed with soothing ingredients like witch hazel or hydrocortisone cream to help ease discomfort until your condition improves.

Be sure to keep the anal area clean by showering daily and soap as needed until your piles improve.

Will A Thrombosed Hemorrhoid Come Back?  

If you follow treatment instructions for several weeks, there is no reason why you cannot successfully treat this type of pile. It’s important to remember that they can come back if these thrombosed piles are caused by rectal vein hemorrhaging. Healthy veins are needed for proper blood flow, which means that if you have a history of thrombosed piles or other symptoms, it is best to avoid activities that cause excessive straining during bowel movements.

This will prevent rectal vein hemorrhaging and subsequent thrombosed piles from occurring in the future. If an individual does not make changes to their lifestyle, thrombosed piles could return at any time without warning, even after successful treatment with home treatments. So remember, many different things lead to clogged-up rectal veins, which means that hard stools do not always cause symptoms.

How Are Thrombosed Hemorrhoids Diagnosed?

A diagnosis may be difficult because symptoms are similar to common infections like anal fissure, yeast infection, or skin tag inflammation. It may take several examinations before your doctor can properly identify the symptoms you are experiencing. Your doctor will begin by performing a thorough examination. This will include checking for lumps, swelling, and abnormalities in the blood vessels within the rectal tissues.

If your doctor notices any symptoms during this initial exam, they may use anoscopy, an internal pile examination of the anus using a small tool, a proctoscope. The proctoscope allows rectal veins to be identified. The tissue will be removed and sent for laboratory testing. This ensures that its piles causing your symptoms can be adequately diagnosed and treated.

There are other tests, such as a sigmoidoscopy, an internal examination of the rectum and lower colon using a small tool called a sigmoidoscope to check for abnormalities in the large intestines. Other tests include digital examinations and ultrasound imaging.

If your hemorrhoids are external there is nothing that can be done, but if they’re internal, you are in luck.

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