Maybe you’ve just recently developed hemorrhoids, or you’ve been suffering in silence for years. Either way, this painful, embarrassing condition can have a negative impact on your life both physically and psychologically. Rest assured that this physical condition is incredibly common. The team at GastroCare LI is here to help you find solutions and relief for your body. Give us a call today to learn how we can help you.
What are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, occur when the veins in and around the anus and rectum become swollen or irritated. Though painful and disruptive, this condition is incredibly common. In fact, three of four adults will experience hemorrhoids in their lifetime. Though the discomfort can often feel the same for each case, there are three distinct types of hemorrhoids. These include:
Internal – The hemorrhoids that form on the lower portion of the anus.
External – The irritated veins that develop around the opening of the anus.
Thrombosed – A thrombosed hemorrhoid occurs when blood pools and forms a clot. Though these can look menacing, they are usually nothing to worry about. A doctor should be consulted to treat them though.
Why Do They Happen?
Though the cause for any given case of hemorrhoids can be attributed to a variety of factors, the following causes can contribute to their development:
Straining – Straining during a bowel movement can irritate the small veins in an and around the anus, leading to the development of hemorrhoids.
Constipation – Trouble with bowel movements can lead people to strain more often. Additionally, when bowel movements do happen they can be more difficult to pass.
Diarrhea – Diarrhea causes increased irritation to this region of the body and can exacerbate issues with hemorrhoids.
Low-fiber diet – Being diligent about eating enough fiber is important in having healthy bowel movements.
Sitting on the toilet for too long – This position can put undue strain on the rectal veins.
Pregnancy or Obesity – Weight gain puts additional pressure on various systems in the body, including circulation and veins around the rectum.
In addition to women who are pregnant, adults, as they age, become more susceptible to developing hemorrhoids. This occurs because the muscles and tissues around the rectum and anus become weaker which puts additional pressure on the veins in this region. Fortunately, many hemorrhoid cases can be treated and alleviated by simple lifestyle or diet changes. However, when cases are more complicated to treat, a gastroenterologist can help find effective solutions.
Symptoms associated with hemorrhoids vary case by case depending on if the patient has a case of internal, external, or thrombosed hemorrhoids. Your condition mat presents a variety of symptoms or one primary symptom.
People who struggle with hemorrhoids often report the following:
- General discomfort
- Irritated, painful sensation
- Itchiness around anus
- Light bleeding during bowel movements
- A painful lump by the anus
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, there is help available to you. A doctor can help remove your hemorrhoids and equip you with the knowledge that you need to avoid them in the future.
One of the best ways to avoid hemorrhoids is to make sure that your body is able to have smooth bowel movements. In order to keep stools soft, hydration is incredibly important. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is a great place to start. If you are taking a fiber supplement, you should be very conscious of meeting this eight-glass goal. Fiber supplements without proper hydration can cause constipation.
In addition to staying hydrated, stay active and exercise if possible. Getting activity will help keep your bowels regular and functioning properly, which can decrease the likelihood that you will experience diarrhea or constipation.
During a bowel movement, be careful not to strain or push too hard. This will put undue pressure on your veins and make you more susceptible to developing hemorrhoids. You may benefit from taking a stool softener. These are available over-the-counter, so ask your pharmacist which one is best for you.
At GastroCare LI, our doctors understand how disruptive and uncomfortable hemorrhoids can be. If your hemorrhoids have been a struggle for you, contact us. We know it can be embarrassing to reach out for help for certain physical conditions, but you should not be ashamed. We want to help you address and manage your medical issues so that you can get back to your normal life. Only after having their condition addressed do many hemorrhoid patients realize how disruptive their condition was.
While treating certain gastroenterological issues can be complicated, addressing hemorrhoid issues is typically straightforward. We offer non-surgical banding treatment for hemorrhoids utilizing the CRH O’Regan System. In as little as 60 seconds, you can find relief with a procedure has a 99.1% success rate.
If you would like to learn more about how a simple, painless one-minute procedure can remove your hemorrhoids, give our office in Glendale or Valley Stream a call today.