Symptoms of hemorrhoids vary depending on their location.
Hemorrhoid symptoms usually depend on their location. Hemorrhoids are most often not painful, but if a blood clot forms, they can be very painful. The following are some common symptoms:
- Painless bright red blood from the rectum
- Anal itching and irritation
- Anal ache or pain, especially while sitting
- Anal swelling
- Pain during bowel movements
- One or more hard tender lumps near the anus
Which of the following can reduce itching?
Doing the following things help reduce itching:
- Apply witch hazel to the area with a cotton swab.
- Wear cotton underwear.
- Avoid toilet tissue with perfumes or colors. Use baby wipes instead.
- Don’t scratch the area.
- Sitz baths to help you feel better (sitting in warm water up to the hips for 10 to 15 minutes).
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your _______________
Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are swollen veins in your anus and lower part of the rectum.
The causes that result in formation of hemorrhoids include ___________
The veins around your anus can stretch under pressure and may bulge or swell. This can occur during pregnancy, childbirth, and due to constipation. Hemorrhoids result from increased pressure on the anus and lower rectum.
The following are possible reasons for formation of hemorrhoids:
- Straining during bowel movements
- Chronic constipation or diarrhea
- Sitting for long periods of time, especially on the toilet
- Low-fiber diet
- Anal intercourse
- Certain diseases, such as liver cirrhosis
Hemorrhoids always occur inside the body.
Hemorrhoids can occur inside or outside the body.Internal hemorrhoids occur just inside the anus, at the beginning of the rectum.Internal hemorrhoids occur just inside the anus, at the beginning of the rectum. Bleeding can occur with bowel movement. When they are large they may prolapse (fall outside). External hemorrhoids occur outside the anus. They can result in difficulty cleaning the area after a bowel movement.
A doctor diagnoses hemorrhoids by ___________
Generally, a doctor can diagnose hemorrhoids, especially external hemorrhoids by simply looking at the rectal area. The following are the tests that can help diagnose hemorrhoids:
Initially, doctors treat hemorrhoids by antibiotics.
Initially, your doctor may treat your hemorrhoids by:
- Over-the-counter corticosteroid creams like cortisone to help reduce pain and swelling
- Hemorrhoid creams with lidocaine to help reduce pain
- Stool softeners to help reduce straining and constipation
External hemorrhoids are called thrombosed hemorrhoids when ___________
If a blood clot forms in an external hemorrhoid, they are called thrombosed external hemorrhoids. These are very painful.
Other medical treatments including surgery are available to treat hemorrhoids.
If your hemorrhoids don’t get better with home treatments, your doctor may formulate other appropriate treatment plan to shrink the hemorrhoids. If this treatment doesn’t work, the doctor may opt for hemorrhoidectomy (surgical removal of the hemorrhoids).
Doing which of the following can prevent hemorrhoids?
Avoid constipation, straining during bowel movements, and sitting on the toilet too long to reduce your risk for hemorrhoids. Additionally, do the following things to prevent constipation and hemorrhoids:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Eat a high-fiber diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Consider using fiber supplements.
- Use stool softeners to prevent straining.
Hemorrhoids are rare and they cause lot of symptoms.
Hemorrhoids are very common. About three out of four people suffer from hemorrhoids from time to time. They don't always cause symptoms, but they cause itching, discomfort, and bleeding. Fortunately, many treatment options are available to treat hemorrhoids. People affected with hemorrhoids can also get relief with home treatments and lifestyle changes.