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Hemorrhoids can cause patients major discomfort at some of the most inconvenient times. The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons says that it is one of the most common ailments for Americans. If you’ve been struggling with a case of hemorrhoids that won’t go away or seems to be worsening, contact the team at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Altamonte Springs and Orlando, FL. A gastroenterologist can provide a solution that will give you much-needed relief.
Hemorrhoids Are a Pain
Though hemorrhoids are usually talked about in a light, joking manner, the discomfort that they cause can be a serious distraction. Hemorrhoids are enlarged boils that form outside of and sometimes inside of the rectum. They happen when blood vessels bulge and stretch outside of the tissues around the anus. Hemorrhoids make it very difficult to go to the bathroom or even to sit down for extended periods of time. They can also cause blood to show in the stool, which is a common symptom besides the pain.
You can wait for time to pass for a case of hemorrhoids to clear up, but if it lasts for many days or even weeks, seek help from a gastroenterologist. These are the treatment options offered at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Altamonte Springs and Orlando, FL:
- Prescription medicated cream that calms the swelling and reduces pain.
- Rubber band ligation, which is tying tiny rubber bands around the hemorrhoids so that they fall off on their own.
- Hemorrhoidectomy, a surgery to remove the boils.
- Hemorrhoidopexy, another procedure that uses staples to prevent the formation of hemorrhoids.
What You Can Do to Avoid Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids don’t have an exact cause, but they may be more common in patients who live a sedentary lifestyle. People who spend many hours sitting, especially on hard surfaces, may experience this issue. Another possible cause is straining when going to the bathroom, which is why a high-fiber diet is recommended. Soaking in a warm bath every now and again can also calm hemorrhoid symptoms and reduce the chance of a reoccurrence.
Get Assistance for Faster Relief
Hemorrhoids sometimes go away on their own, but sometimes they can persist for longer than what is considered tolerable for the average patient. Call (407) 384-7388 today to see a gastroenterologist at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Altamonte Springs or Orlando, FL.
Approximately half of all Americans experience some type of hemorrhoid symptoms by the age of 50. It can be a difficult and uncomfortable topic to discuss, but it is an incredibly common condition, so if you are experiencing symptoms, you are not alone. The gastroenterology team at the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando provide diagnosis and advanced treatment options for hemorrhoid pain and symptoms.
Hemorrhoid Treatment in Orlando, FL
Hemorrhoids (also known as piles) are caused by swollen veins around the anus or lower rectum. They can develop internally or externally, and the symptoms can range in severity from mild discomfort to considerable pain and bleeding during bowel movements. Although many cases can be treated conservatively with over the counter products, some cases may warrant treatment by a doctor depending on your symptoms.
The most common symptoms include:
- Pain and discomfort
- Itching or sensitivity
- Bleeding during bowel movements
- Swelling or a lump near the anus
When to See a Doctor
Always consult a physician if you experience bleeding during bowel movements, as it can also be a sign of other problems like colorectal cancer. If over the counter treatments do not provide relief or if your hemorrhoids are very painful, you should see a doctor. Also pay attention to the color and any changes in your stool. Maroon colored stool can be a sign of bleeding, even if you have not noticed traces of blood.
Anyone can develop a hemorrhoid. Certain factors like eating a low fiber diet and chronic constipation are common causes of hemorrhoids. Dehydration and a sedentary lifestyle are also common risk factors.
Hemorrhoid Relief in Orlando, FL
For more information about the best prevention and treatment options for hemorrhoids, contact the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida by calling (407) 384-7388 to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist in Orlando today.
At the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida, our providers see patients with numerous gastrointestinal, or GI, problems each day. The GI system is large and can affect everything from the throat to the colon. Regardless of the location, many GI diseases are common and their origins can be connected to dietary problems. Three of these GI diseases - hemorrhoids, acid reflux and diverticulitis - are only some of many issues treated by our team of gastroenterologists here in Orlando, FL.
Hemorrhoids are bundles of blood vessels and muscle inside the anal canal, the lowest part of the intestine. When they become irritated from constipation, pressure or a low-fiber diet, this produces the classic symptoms of pain, itching and bleeding. Your gastroenterologist recognizes that this can be an embarrassing condition to have; it's very common, however, and important to seek treatment so that the degree of inflammation can be diagnosed and the best treatment can be prescribed.
Most people have experienced the sensation of a "sour stomach" before, where belching can lead to a burning pain that rises into the throat. This is acid reflux, a condition in which the acidic contents of the stomach flows backwards into the esophagus, irritating its lining and producing heartburn, sore throat and a bitter taste in the mouth. When reflux persists, your Orlando gastroenterologist may diagnose you with gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as GERD. Fortunately, there are several maintenance medications, as well as dietary changes, that help lessen the symptoms of GERD.
Some people have abnormal pockets in the lining of their large intestine that becomes irritated or inflamed. This is often due to diverticulitis, a bacterial infection that affects these pockets, or pouches. Diverticulitis is a common disease, thought to affect about 50% of American adults over 60 years of age and 35% of the younger adult population. To treat its symptoms, our gastroenterologist often recommends a change in diet and lifestyle and possibly antibiotics to clear up the bacteria. Surgery is uncommon unless complications, such as bowel perforation, occur.
For these or any other GI-related issue, you can trust the competent and friendly medical staff of the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, FL to help you. Contact us for an appointment today!