Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal and lower rectal area. There are two types: internal and external hemorrhoids based on their location. Internal hemorrhoids tend to bleed more, while external hemorrhoids can be extremely painful.
More than half of the adult population in the United States suffer from hemorrhoids to varying degrees. As with most anal and rectal maladies, patients are often embarrassed to discuss the problem with healthcare providers or even close family members. Many resort to home and over-the-counter remedies which afford some relief.
However, those who seek an evaluation from healthcare providers may be offered a variety of treatment options spanning from dietary modifications, bowel regimens, topical ointments to various surgical interventions. Together with the patient, Dr. Ambe will examine and determine which treatment option will best suit each individual – bringing the most relief to their symptoms.
Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
In addition to swelling and pain, Hemorrhoids can cause itching, discomfort, and difficulty sitting or using the bathroom. It can also cause bleeding during bowel movements. These symptoms can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, and it’s important to seek medical attention if they persist.
Certain lifestyle factors such as a sedentary lifestyle, a diet low in fiber, and obesity can increase the risk of developing hemorrhoids. Other factors such as pregnancy and chronic constipation can also contribute to the development of hemorrhoids. Providing information about these risk factors can help patients understand how to prevent or manage their condition.
While there are home remedies and over-the-counter treatments available, it’s important to stress the benefits of seeking professional medical help. Treatment options can range from dietary modifications, lifestyle changes, and medication to surgical interventions. Providing detailed information about these treatment options and how they work can help patients make informed decisions about their care.