A hemorrhoid is one of the most uncomfortable medical issues that most people will experience at some point in their lives. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your rectum and anus, and they can be caused by a variety of factors. Straining during a bowel movement, for example, can cause the veins to swell with blood. In fact, just sitting on the toilet for prolonged periods could be enough to cause a hemorrhoid.
If you suspect you may be suffering from hemorrhoids, visit our team at Local MD Urgent Care today to discuss treatment options.
Types of Hemorrhoids
There are two types of hemorrhoids that may form. If the tissue swells inside your rectum, you will experience internal hemorrhoids. An external hemorrhoid forms when the skin around your anus swells. In either case, you are likely to experience uncomfortable and possibly painful symptoms. It’s important to understand how to properly manage and treat the symptoms of a hemorrhoid so you can get relief as soon as possible.
An external hemorrhoid is located around the anus. These sometimes bleed if the engorged veins are scratched or broken by straining, wiping or rubbing too hard. External hemorrhoids are often the most painful. Internal hemorrhoids are in the rectum and can cause pain and itching if it becomes prolapsed.
Causes of Hemorrhoids
Some of the most common causes of both internal and external hemorrhoids are:
Frequent Sneezing or Coughing
Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
Some common symptoms of hemorrhoids include the following:
Swollen Anal Glands
Irritation/Discomfort Around Anus
Presence Of Blood During Bowel Movements
Painful Lump or Bump Around Anus
Hemorrhoid Treatment Options
It is important to seek care from a medical professional if you believe you have hemorrhoids, as he or she will be able to determine whether it is indeed a hemorrhoid or something more serious such as a polyp or inflammatory bowel disease. If a medical provider from On Dmed Urgent Care has determined you have a hemorrhoid, treatment may include:
Lots of Fluids: Drinking lots of fluids and staying hydrated can help soften stools, helping to heal hemorrhoids quicker
High Fiber Diet: A high fiber diet can help prevent and alleviate constipation, allowing your hemorrhoids to disappear faster
Medication: This is typically a medicated cream or ointment, and may include a medical suppository as well