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Hemorrhoid Facts

Hemorrhoids (also called piles) are one of the most common ailments known to man. More than half of the population will develop hemorrhoids by age 50 and three out of four adults will have hemorrhoid symptoms at some point in their lifetime. The average person suffers in silence for a long period before seeking medical care. There are many effective options are available to treat hemorrhoids.

We specialize in the use of modern & non-surgical methods to treat hemorrhoids with little discomfort and quick recovery.

What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are veins in and around the anus that tend to stretch under pressure, somewhat like varicose veins in the legs. Hemorrhoids can enlarge, swell and bulge resulting in symptoms such as itching, burning, pain or bleeding.

Straining over long periods of time, constipation, prolonged sitting, pregnancy and many other causes can result in hemorrhoids.

There are two types of hemorrhoids – internal and external. Symptoms and treatment options depend on the type of hemorrhoids you have. Both types can result in bleeding, irritation, protrusion of tissue and difficulty keeping the area clan.

Internal hemorrhoids tend to result in burning and irritation as well as prolapse of tissue and bleeding.

External hemorrhoids can thrombose and cause a large firm mump with excessive pain.

What to Discuss with your Doctor

You may be more likely to get hemorrhoids if your parents had them. Constipation is oftentimes the main cause of hemorrhoids as well as frequent episodes of diarrhea. Other contributing factors include aging, obesity, straining during bowel movements, sitting too long on the toilet, or standing or lifting too much. Pregnant women often get hemorrhoids because of the strain from carrying the baby and from giving birth. For most women, such hemorrhoids are a temporary problem.

No. There is no relationship between hemorrhoids and cancer. However, the symptoms of hemorrhoids, can be similar to those of colorectal cancer and other diseases of the digestive system. Therefore, do not rely on over-the-counter medications or other self-treatments. See a colorectal surgeon first so your symptoms can be properly evaluated and effective treatment prescribed.

The following are tips for hemorrhoid prevention: Include more fiber in your diet. Fresh fruits, leafy vegetables, and whole-grain breads and cereals are good sources of fiber. Drink plenty of fluids. Eight glasses of water each day is ideal. Do not read on the toilet. Sitting and straining too long encourages swelling. Exercise regularly. Avoid laxatives, except bulk-forming laxatives, such as Fiberall®, Metamucil®, etc. Other types of laxatives can lead to diarrhea, which can worsen hemorrhoids. When you feel the need to have a bowel movement, don’t wait for long periods before using the bathroom.

If you develop a hemorrhoidal flare-up or excessive pain, call to schedule an appointment right away to help prevent complications. The following measures may help minimize your discomfort. • Take warm soaks three or four times a day and after every bowel movement. • Clean your anal area after each bowel movement by patting gently with moist toilet paper or moistened pads, such as baby wipes. Do not scrub the area or use any soaps. • Use ice packs to relieve swelling. • Apply a cream that contains witch hazel to the area or use a numbing ointment. • Avoid constipation by drinking up to 8 glasses of water a day and eating a diet high in fiber. • Consider adding a bulk fiber agent such as Citrucel® or Metamucil® as well as a daily stool softener such as Colace®.