Managing Hemorrhoids in Orlando FL and Kissimmee FL
What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in and around your anus that stretch under pressure. There are two types of veins. The ones that are inside the rectum (internal), and the ones under the skin, around the anus, (external). Some causes of hemorrhoids include sitting on the toilet for too long, pregnancy, obesity, and liver disease. Almost half of the people in the United States have noticeable hemorrhoids by the age of 50. This condition is common in both men and women.
Internal: The most common symptom that you might have with internal hemorrhoids are bright red blood over the stool, toilet paper or in the toilet bowl. When you have bleeding symptoms, it is important you notify your doctor.
External: External hemorrhoids may cause symptoms such as painful swelling or a hard lump around the anus that may cause blood clots.
How To Treat Hemorrhoids
High Fiber Diet: One of the first recommendations your Orlando GI doctor will give you is to incorporate more high fiber foods in your diet. Therefore, eating more fruits and leafy vegetables, and supplements with fiber that will help to soften the stool. There are also stool softeners that will make it easier to empty the bowel.
Good Hygiene: Cleaning the anus is also an important part of treating and preventing hemorrhoids. You should always treat the anus gently, with soft toilet paper. Avoid wiping too many times and try instead, getting a bath. After the bath you can dry it gently with a soft towel. Also, you may use creams available in drug stores that may maintain your anus soft and clean.
Procedural Treatment: Your GI doctor might have to remove the hemorrhoids that are bleeding too much or have fallen outside the anus. There are a couple of treatments that your doctor might use such as:
- Surgical treatment
- Band ligation
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, and it doesn’t improve with the recommendations for treating the hemorrhoids at home, you should see your GI doctor to examine your anus and rectum. At the Digestive and Liver Center we are here to help, you can go ahead and call us at 407-384-7388.