Ouch. It’s tough to sit down, to lie down in some positions, and sometimes even to walk. And then there’s the crux of the problem: That dreaded trip to the toilet. As if it’s a necessary evil, when it’s not evil at all. The culprit? Hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are varicose veins in the anal area. They are associated with constipation, chronic diarrhea, a highly sedentary lifestyle, or anal intercourse. The rear end just can’t take all that pressure, and the blood pools as a result. Likewise, hemorrhoids are very much associated with women during pregnancy because of the additional blood flow (i.e. more to pool) and pressure downward. It all converges where you need it least.
How Do I Know It’s Hemorrhoids?
Your physician will best determine if you have hemorrhoids by utilizing tools to determine if the cause of your discomfort, if not outright pain, is hemorrhoids or something else. Sometimes they dangle outside the anus and you can see them with a mirror, but even if you are certain it’s hemorrhoids, it is recommended to get confirmation from a physician in order to rule out other possible causes for the symptoms.
If you experience any of the below symptoms, you might have hemorrhoids:
Day-to-Day Hemorrhoid Relief
There are two ways to relieve the feeling of hemorrhoids, although the hemorrhoids will still be there.
What About Permanent Solutions?
Hemorrhoids can be removed through medical procedures. These include: injecting a solution to close off the hemorrhoid; rubber band constriction; electric or laser coagulation; or hemorrhoidectomy surgery. At the Miami Center for Excellence, we use a low, direct current, called Ultroid, which causes hemorrhoids to dissipate within a week and a half. Contact us for more info.
The main way to prevent hemorrhoids is to increase blood flow so that it doesn’t pool. Secondly, you want to keep things moving in your intestines so as to prevent constipation. Thirdly, limit other pressure on the area as much as possible.
Here are the main suggestions for preventing hemorrhoids:
Many people experience hemorrhoids at some time throughout their lives. So, if you suffer from this somewhat embarrassing ailment, you’re not alone. We hope that the above suggestions for relief, prevention, and medical remedies help alleviate your suffering. For more information and treatment options, contact us.