Don’t let the awkwardness of talking about your hemorrhoids keep you from seeking professional help. Hemorrhoids are prevalent — affecting as many as half of Americans at some point in their life — and, fortunately, they are very treatable. You can learn more about your treatment options for hemorrhoids by calling Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, which has two locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Alternatively, you can request your appointment online.
Before you can understand hemorrhoids, it’s first helpful to know about how and where they form. The lowest part of the rectum is lined with piles, or clusters of veins, which are technically the hemorrhoids. But when most people talk about hemorrhoids, they are often referring to the condition that adversely affects these veins.
Hemorrhoids develop when these veins get swollen or dilated. Hemorrhoids are similar to varicose veins. They can be caused by straining from trying to pass stool, obesity, heavy lifting, or pregnancy. Essentially, anything that puts pressure on the veins in your anus can cause hemorrhoids.
The primary symptoms of hemorrhoids include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC.
No. There are two distinct types of hemorrhoids.
These hemorrhoids occur on the skin around your anal opening. You may be able to feel them as a bulge in that area. They can be painful and cause itching.
If the veins inside your anal opening get swollen, they’re called internal hemorrhoids. These hemorrhoids may result in small amounts of blood when passing a stool.
That said, it’s not safe to assume that internal hemorrhoids cause rectal bleeding. If you notice blood in your stool, talk to your provider. Bloody stools are a key symptom of colon cancer.
Some good news about hemorrhoids — they’re very treatable. For example, adding fiber to your diet to soften your stool can relieve the pressure on these veins, allowing your hemorrhoids to subside on their own. A hot bath can also be helpful during the healing process.
Your Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC provider helps you find the right treatment to bring you long-term relief. They offer treatments that alleviate your symptoms — including any itching or pain — while also helping reduce the swelling in the veins themselves. Because hemorrhoids are so common, a wide variety of treatments are available. Your provider considers your specific circumstances to help determine a treatment plan that will work for you.
Don’t suffer in silence. If you’re living with hemorrhoids, call Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, or request an appointment online today.