Find out why hemorrhoids happen and what you can do to treat this uncomfortable problem.
Okay, so talking about hemorrhoids might be a little embarrassing to you but it’s a very common gastroenterology problem that our Las Vegas, NV, gastroenterologists can treat. So, what are hemorrhoids exactly? They are swollen veins in the anus or rectum. If you have hemorrhoids this problem may be accompanied by pain, itching, or rectal bleeding.
What causes hemorrhoids?
Anything that puts pressure on the rectum or anus can lead to hemorrhoids. This means that if you find yourself straining to have a bowel movement or if you are constipated you may be prone to this problem. Women who are pregnant, as well as people who are overweight or lead a sedentary lifestyle, are also more likely to develop hemorrhoids.
How do you treat hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids may often go away by themselves without treatment. Of course, you may choose to pick up an over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream or ointment from your local pharmacy. This ointment will numb the area, reduce swelling, and even temporarily alleviate itching. These medications are only designed to provide relief; they will not cure hemorrhoids (they will go away with time).
Of course, it is common for those who deal with hemorrhoids to experience flare-ups. It’s important to treat bowel issues such as constipation as soon as possible, as well as maintain a healthy weight and get regular exercise. If you find that you are dealing with constipation, make sure that you are getting enough water and fiber in your diet. Another way to alleviate the discomfort of hemorrhoids is by sitting in a warm bath (also known as a sitz bath).
If over-the-counter treatments and at-home care aren’t effective in treating your hemorrhoids then it’s time to see a GI doctor in Las Vegas who can determine the best approach to treating this issue. In some cases, we may need to perform a minor procedure to remove or shrink the hemorrhoids. This procedure can be performed right here in our clinic under local anesthesia. Tubal ligation, laser therapy, and traditional surgery are all ways to treat persistent or severe hemorrhoids.
Are you dealing with painful hemorrhoids or other symptoms that have you concerned? If so, don’t hesitate to call Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada to schedule a consultation with one of our gastroenterologists or ask any questions. We have offices in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.