Hemorrhoid Info and Prevention

Hemorrhoid Info and Prevention

What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are the swollen veins in the lower section of the rectum and anus, also known as piles. Those who suffer from rectal bleeding are most often subject to hemorrhoids. Luckily, hemorrhoids are typically not dangerous and will heal in a couple of weeks. There are two types of hemorrhoids (What Are Hemorrhoids, n.d.).

  • Internal Hemorrhoids: Located deep inside the rectum and are not seen or felt. Due to having less pain-sensing nerves in that area, internal hemorrhoids usually do not hurt. The only sign of internal hemorrhoids may be bleeding.
  • External Hemorrhoids: Located under the skin around the anus. This type is more painful and will bleed as well. When a blood clot forms in the external hemorrhoid, it is known as thrombosis and will turn it purple or blue. Thrombosis will cause the hemorrhoid to itch and hurt as well as bleed.

What are the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids?

Though hemorrhoids are painful they are not life-threatening and may go away on their own without treatment. Some symptoms include the following:

  • Extreme itching around the anus
  • Irritation and pain around the anus
  • Fecal leakage
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Bleeding after bowel movement
  • Anemia symptoms like weakness, pale skin, etc.
  • Itchy or painful lump or swelling near the anus

Can Hemorrhoids be Prevented?

Hemorrhoids are caused by straining during bowel movements, complications from constipation, sitting on the toilet for long periods of time, or a family history of hemorrhoids. Improving dietary fiber consumption can help prevent constipation. Increasing water intake can help keep stool from hardening. Good dietary options are whole wheat, brown rice, oatmeal, pears, carrots, buckwheat, and bran (Kahn, A., & Jewell, T, 2016, October 07)

Hemorrhoid Treatments

Most hemorrhoids will heal on their own time, however for the more severe cases medical attention may be required. For minor cases there are creams to relieve itching and pain. And for more severe cases, rubber band ligation or surgery may be required.

If you are experiencing bleeding after bowel movements, or itching and pain around the anus, you may be suffering from hemorrhoids. Make an appointment at Avalon Hemorrhoid by calling (626) 310-0771 today. With locations in Pasadena, Glendale and Montrose, the specialists at Avalon Hemorrhoid will help diagnosis which treatment option is the most appropriate for the internal or external hemorrhoid you are diagnosed with.

 

CITATION:

Kahn, A., & Jewell, T. (2016, October 07). Hemorrhoids. Retrieved August 17, 2017, from http://www.healthline.com/health/hemorrhoids#symptoms2

What Are Hemorrhoids? (n.d.). Retrieved August 17, 2017, from http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/understanding-hemorrhoids-basics#1

 

 

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