Hemorrhoids With GastroMed Connect

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are inflamed veins in the lower rectum or anus. The condition commonly presents when the walls of the veins in the rectum or anus grow so thin that the veins protrude or bulge. Piles can manifest internally (within the rectum) or externally (on the anus).

Hemorrhoids are not uncommon. As a matter of fact, approximately three out of four adults will have hemorrhoids at some time. In some instances, a blood clot will grow within the hemorrhoid (referred to as a thrombosed hemorrhoid) and can cause discomfort or pain. The board-certified gastroenterologists at GastroMed Connect specialize in treating this common condition as well as other gastrointestinal (GI) situations. To receive care for hemorrhoids in Kyle, TX, please contact our providers at your earliest convenience.

What causes hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids may be the result of a number of factors. Reasons a hemorrhoid might occur can include:

  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • The natural aging process
  • Being overweight
  • Family history of hemorrhoids
  • Excessive strain when performing a physical activity (such as lifting weights)
  • Ongoing constipation
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Excessive strain during bowel movements
  • Pregnancy

What are some symptoms of hemorrhoids?

Symptoms of piles vary because of the area affected by the hemorrhoids, but most often include:

  • Discomfort and/or swelling surrounding the anus
  • Pain surrounding the anus while performing physical activities
  • Pain during the passing of stool
  • Purple, pink, or blue bumps that protrude near the anus
  • Bright red blood in the stool
  • Itching around one’s anus

What are the treatments for hemorrhoids?

Sometimes, hemorrhoids can heal without intervention after a few days. Your GastroMed Connect gastroenterologist may choose to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs or suggest home remedies to relieve the bothersome symptoms of hemorrhoids. When larger hemorrhoids present, however, professional involvement is available in Kyle, TX, and might be required to remove or treat the hemorrhoid. Typical hemorrhoid treatment includes:

  • Applying topical ointment
  • Avoidance of use of dry toilet paper
  • Good hygiene, specifically in the anal region
  • Coagulation
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Tub baths several times daily in warm water
  • Treating constipation or the cause of the hemorrhoids
  • Stapling
  • A high-fiber diet
  • Draining a clot (thrombosis)
  • Ice packs for reduction of anal inflammation
  • Rubber band ligation
  • Surgical Intervention