What are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids blood vessels in the rectum or anus. We all have these blood vessels. They become a problem when they become swollen and inflamed. Though hemorrhoids are often not serious, they are a common problem that can become uncomfortable and painful if not treated.
Some factors that contribute to swelling of hemorrhoids include low-fiber diet, chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation, straining with bowel movements, pregnancy, weight gain, and obesity.
Hemorrhoids can cause blood in the stool or with wiping, rectal pain, anal itching or burning, sensation of incomplete bowel movements, or difficulty cleaning after bowel movement.In severe cases, hemorrhoids protrude from the anus and can become very swollen and painful.
Dr. Ahmed may recommend colonoscopy to rule out other underlying conditions that could cause hemorrhoid-like symptoms. Sometimes, rectal exam or anoscopy is performed in the office. An anoscope is a small, lighted, plastic tube that is inserted several inches into the rectum to evaluate forf hemorrhoids.
Treatment depends on the type and severity of hemorrhoids. If hemorrhoids are mild, lifestyle changes may improve symptoms. Increased fiber intake, water, and exercise can improve symptoms, as well as maintaining a healthy weight. Steroid creams and suppositories are often used to help decrease inflammation and improve symptoms.
Dr. Ahmed performs two hemorrhoid treatment procedures, which are both quick, easy, painless, and effective. Please visit our hemorrhoid ablation and hemorrhoid banding pages for more information on these.