Hemorrhoids are incredibly common, with nearly three out of every four adults experiencing them on occasion. These swollen veins that occur in the rectum and around the anus cause discomfort, pain, and sometimes bleeding. Houston Regional Gastroenterology, with offices in Sugar Land and Humble, Texas, can help. They provide at-home treatment recommendations and more comprehensive medical interventions, even surgery if your hemorrhoids are serious. Call one of the offices or book online to get your hemorrhoids evaluated and treated.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in either your lower rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or anus (external hemorrhoids). Hemorrhoids occur in one in every 20 people. When the walls of your blood vessels stretch, the veins bulb and become inflamed and irritated. This causes pain and sometimes bleeding.
Anyone can develop hemorrhoids, but they usually form when there’s excess pressure in your rectum. Hemorrhoids often occur when you have:
Women who are pregnant are also vulnerable to developing hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids can cause symptoms that are mild to severe. Signs of hemorrhoids appear in the anal area and include:
Bleeding due to hemorrhoids shows up as bright red specks or streaks on toilet paper when you wipe. Evidence of darker colored blood or black stool indicates bleeding deeper in the digestive tract.
You can sometimes manage hemorrhoids with over-the-counter ointments, pads, and creams and changes in your lifestyle, such as a higher fiber diet, more physical activity, and changes in bowel habits. A high-fiber diet discourages constipation, and physical activity gets the bowel system moving. You also benefit from not holding your stool for long periods and going at the first indication of the need to use the restroom.
If you find you still have hemorrhoid pain or it’s so severe that it interferes with your daily life or is causing bleeding, make an appointment with the experts at Houston Regional Gastroenterology.
Treatment depends on your particular case and the location of your hemorrhoids. For severe cases of hemorrhoids, your doctor may recommend banding, which involves wrapping rubber bands around the base of the lesion to cut off circulation. The hemorrhoid then disappears naturally. Surgery is also available.
If you’re suffering from symptoms that suggest hemorrhoids and aren’t able to resolve them on your own, call the office of Houston Regional Gastroenterology nearest you or schedule a consultation using the online tool.