Patients suffering from hemorrhoids may have questions related to their condition. However, most patients shy away from seeking answers and solutions due to embarrassment. Over 3 million hemorrhoid cases are diagnosed annually, and physicians are able to offer various treatment options including topical ointments and hemorrhoid banding.
Why do I get Hemorrhoids?
Clusters of veins in the anus and rectum become swollen in a condition commonly referred to as hemorrhoids (also known as piles). Up to 75 percent of Americans will deal with the condition at some point as a result of pressure in the lower rectum. Causes that may contribute to this pressure and resulting hemorrhoids include:
- Straining during bowel movements
- Sitting on the toilet for extended periods of time
Additionally, older adults and those who do not get enough daily fiber may be at an increased risk for developing hemorrhoids.
Are Hemorrhoids Dangerous?
The major complications of hemorrhoids are discomfort and itching or no symptoms at all. In rare cases, blood loss from hemorrhoids could lead to iron deficiency anemia which would require further medical evaluation.
Do I Need to See a Doctor for Hemorrhoids?
If you are experiencing the symptoms of hemorrhoids, particularly rectal bleeding, you should seek medical treatment.
How can my Hemorrhoids be Treated?
In mild cases, home remedies are often effective at easing hemorrhoid-related symptoms. These may include applying over-the-counter ointments or pads, eating a high-fiber diet, and soaking in a warm bath. If hemorrhoids are persistent and unresponsive to home treatment, please contact a gastroenterologist. You may be a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure known as hemorrhoid banding. During this procedure, rubber bands are placed around the hemorrhoid in order to cut off its blood supply thus causing it to die and fall off in roughly one week’s time.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of hemorrhoids, schedule an appointment with a Baton Rouge gastroenterologist to discuss the best treatment options for your case.