Hemorrhoids is kind of a misnomer sometimes. Everyone actually has hemorrhoids. It’s a contributing factor to the natural mechanism we use to control our bowel movements.
It’s when they become symptomatic that people quote, unquote say, “They have hemorrhoids“. And that’s when they’re having symptoms from it.
Those symptoms can be bleeding, pain, irritation, a feeling of the protrusion. That’s when people have hemorrhoids that, you know, they want to see a physician for. If you’re not able to work, if you’re not able to do things you enjoy, if you’re not able to hang out with your family and just live your daily life, that’s when you wanna get checked out.
What Causes Hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids are typically related to constipation, diets that are low in fiber, straining in the restroom, and some people are just genetically predisposed to them as well.
Treatments for Hemorrhoids Definitive treatment for hemorrhoids is hemorrhoidectomy or surgical removal.
It is a very effective treatment, however, it can be a very painful recovery as well. So, typically, we try to include nonoperative treatments first, then thyroid
That includes changing your diet, increasing fiber, drinking more water and then we do multiple office based treatments.
That includes painless injections or placing a rubber band on the hemorrhoid to basically decrease the symptoms without having to physically cut off hemorrhoid.
The surgical treatment primarily involves surgically removing the hemorrhoidal tissue both inside and on the very outside of the rectum and then sew everything back up.
It is an outpatient surgery. It’s done usually under local anesthesia with some sedation or sometimes under general anesthesia.
You come and go home the same day. It can be a painful recovery for about one to two weeks and we do everything to minimize that but that’s why, you know,we have these other options that are nonsurgical to try to decrease your symptoms and improve your quality of life without the major surgery.
So in their normal state we all have them hemorrhoids as a condition though are very common and it’s suspected that over 80% of people have suffered from them .
Now the symptoms do vary from patient to patient the most common symptom is fresh bright red blood past after a bowel motion and itchiness around the anus caused by mucous from the hemorrhoid .
The third symptom is where the hemorrhoid prolapses .so it gets larger and can fall out of the anus and it looks like a bunch of cherries now after a bowel motion it may go in by itself or the patient may have to push it back in background done now.
Let’s move on to prevention and treatment now the long-term results of getting rid of hemorrhoids is heavily dependent on preventative factors .
So you will have to make lifestyle changes to prevent it from coming back. so hemorrhoids are mainly caused by a lack of fiber and as we get older we need more of it.
If you’re not getting the fiber in your diet your stools are going to be harder they’re not going to retain more fluid.
So you’re gonna be pushing and straining more to get them out now this pushing and straining may cause inflammation of the blood vessels in and around us which is known as hemorrhoids .
so your next question is how do you increase your fiber? Well it’s quite simple eat foods that are rich in fiber so for example eat more vegetables eat whole grain rice whole wheat bread whole wheat pasta even baked beans.
They’re massively high in fiber what I will also do is I’ll leave a full list in the description below for you to check out and read for more information now the other preventative factors that you can modify include drinking more water.
So six to eight glasses a day drinking less caffeine and alcohol when you’ve got the urge to go to the toilet don’t wait just go lose weight and exercise more often.
Now I’ll leave more information on all of these plus more in the description below for you as well now there are some factors that you can’t change for example genetics pregnancy .
But making changes to the factors that you can will help reduce the risk of you developing hemorrhoids in the first place and also it’ll help reduce the risk of them coming back now let’s talk a little about treatment.
Now there’s various different creams ointments suppositories that are all available from your pharmacy without a prescription and it can help to reduce the swelling and helped reduce discomfort now generally speaking.
There’s always two things I look out for in these preparations alocal anaesthetic which is going to help numb the area so you don’t feel as much pain for example lidocaine and also a steroid which is going to help reduce the swelling like hydrocortisone for example.
But always make sure you speak to your pharmacist first before you purchase any of these. so they can make sure it’s suitable and safe for you to use.
They can also give you some really helpful tips that you might not be aware of it’s also important to remember these treatments should only be used for five to seven days and also when you use it make sure you apply it after you’ve emptied your bowels that way you’ll stay in the right area for longer .
It’ll have a better effectnow treatment should be combined with the lifestyle changes .we mentioned earlier if you’re still in pain however speak to your pharmacist about taking paracetamol in addition to these and also I would advise everyone not to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen as this can actually make the bleeding worse.
Now constipation can make the pain worse and some medicines canactually cause constipation which is going to make your pain worse.
so for example codeine causes constipation so I wouldn’t advise you taking it the hemorrhoid pain if you still need something to help loosen the stools laxatives are an option and I did make a artical not long ago about constipation and laxatives.
I’ll leave a link up here and in the description below for you and as always with all medication always read the information leaf let and speak to your pharmacist to make sure that you’re safe and suitable to take it.
I really hope my tips help you in this artical but please remember if your hemorrhoids don’t go away after five to seven days you’re in a lot of pain they keep reoccurring or you’re pregnant then you will need to speak to your doctor.
I’ve also left more useful information about hemorrhoids. we need more fiber if you’re not having enough fiber.