Hemorrhoid tissues are a natural part of the body. Most of the time you don’t even notice them. But if these tissues become swollen and inflamed they can cause symptoms that are quite uncomfortable. The good news is that problem hemorrhoids can often be treated so you’ll feel better and more comfortable.
Hemorrhoid tissues are a network of blood vessels located in and around the rectum. When these tissues swell, you can have the following symptoms.
- Bleeding during bowel movements
- Itching around the rectum
- A burning sensation
- Bulging of the hemorrhoid tissue
Causes can be due to a number of factors that include: chronic constipation, straining during movements, diarrhea, sitting too long on the toilet, pregnancy, childbirth and aging.
The procedure is called a Hemorrhoidsectomy. The area is sutured after removal of the hemorrhoids.
Treatment Can Help
The first step to feeling better is to see your doctor. In many cases a change in diet and bowel habits are enough to relieve the problem. In others cases, an office procedure or surgery may be needed.
Topical products that can be obtained OTC include, cotton pads soaked in witch haze, ointments and petroleum jelly. Your doctor may prescribe medications to relieve symptoms such as stool softeners, suppositories or an anti-inflammatory.
Note: Do not use laxatives or enemas unless your doctors tell you to.
Managing and prevention can include eating more fiber, drinking plenty of fluids. While water is the best choice other beverages can include fruit juices such as apple and prune. And finally be more active. Exercise aids in the digestion process.