Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that can cause discomfort and bleeding. They are usually considered harmless, and sometimes the symptoms may be successfully controlled with over-the-counter creams and ointments. However, there are times hemorrhoids can cause such pain and discomfort that they require medical treatment.
Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
There are two types of hemorrhoids: external hemorrhoids, which develop under the skin around the outside of the anus, and internal hemorrhoids, which occur in the lower rectum.
If the hemorrhoids are external, the most common symptoms experienced are itchiness and pain, and sometimes bleeding. You may not always experience pain and swelling with internal hemorrhoids, but bleeding is common. If you are experiencing rectal bleeding, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Using topical treatments and over-the-counter pain relief, such as anti-inflammatories and creams, can help to temporarily relieve symptoms. Sitz baths can be soothing for pain as well. If you choose to use over-the-counter remedies, only do so for a short period of time and be sure to consult with a doctor or pharmacist if you are on any other medications.
When to Seek Treatment
You should seek treatment under the following circumstances:
- You’ve tried over-the-counter remedies and they aren’t providing relief
- You’ve noticed dark, tarry stools (This can be an indication of further bleeding.)
- You’ve noticed any rectal bleeding or any form of discharge
- The pain worsens or the lump becomes larger
- You are experiencing any digestive difficulties or constipation
Hemorrhoids also carry the risk of potential complications. A prolapsed hemorrhoid can lead to significant pain and often requires surgical resolution. A thrombosed hemorrhoid means that a blood clot has occurred. These can cause extreme pain and may require medical attention.
If you are experiencing considerable hemorrhoid pain, or any of the circumstances above, you should request an appointment with Premier Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Center’s.
Hemorrhoids are uncomfortable, but fortunately, medical treatments have advanced. There are a number of non-surgical options now available for painful or recurring hemorrhoids including laser Infrared Coagulation that requires no cutting or stiches. For further information about the Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville, visit our website.