HEMORRHOIDS: SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins either in the anal cavity or outside the anal cavity.

This condition is often called “piles.”

SYMPTOMS

The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids are the presence of bright red streaks of blood

on the toilet paper or on top of the stool, maybe in the toilet bowl. There might be

itching or pain, maybe painful to clean the area.

Be aware that rectal bleeding can mean a more serious condition like colon or

rectal cancer, and you should schedule an appointment with your physician right away.

If you notice bleeding from the rectum when not trying to use the bathroom, contact your

doctor immediately. This might be serious.

Keep in mind that the symptoms for hemorrhoids mimic the symptoms for anal fissures,

which are cracks or tears in the skin of the anus. So be sure and tell your doctor

EVERYTHING. Even the things that seem not important, could be the very things that

the doctor needs to know to give you a correct diagnosis.

CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY IF:

1. You have fever with bleeding of the rectum.

2. You have rectal pain that persists for more than one week.

3. You have severe swelling.

4. You have an enlarging lump inside the anus.

If you are older than 50, and someone in your family has had colon or rectal cancer,

consult your doctor and schedule a colonoscopy.

In highly unusual cases, gangrene can be caused by the protruding hemorrhoid that will

not go back up inside. This is called an incarcerated hemorrhoid. This causes the blood

vessels to die. This condition known as gangrene requires immediate medical attention.

CAUSES

Hemorrhoids are commonly inherited but there are other several factors that play a key role in the formation of hemorrhoids.

One being, during the third trimester of pregnancy, even more pressure is being applied

to the veins of the pelvic and rectal area. This increasing pressure causes blood to

pool in the veins, causing them to swell, resulting in the swollen veins stretching

surrounding tissue.

Do not let yourself become dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids. Preferably water. The recommended daily amount is 8 8-oz. glasses of water per day.

FACTORS THAT CAN MAKE HEMORRHOIDS WORSEN:

1. Prolonged sitting or standing.

2. Lifting heavy objects, especially if done frequently, can be an onset for a

sudden increase of pressure in the blood vessels.

TREATMENTS: