Hemorrhoids are a common complaint, with three-quarters of adults experiencing them at some point in their lives. These swollen veins that occur in the rectum and around the anus cause discomfort, pain, and sometimes bleeding. Board-certified gastroenterologist Asif M. Qadri, MD, of Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates in Watkinsville, Georgia, offers comprehensive help in the form of at-home recommendations, minor medical interventions, and even surgery. Call the office today if you’re living with hemorrhoids, or you can request an appointment online.
Hemorrhoids are a result of swelling in the veins of your rectum. They may be internal when affecting the lower rectum or external when affecting the anus. Swelling is a result of stretched blood vessels that result in inflamed and irritated veins. This causes pain and sometimes bleeding.
Anyone can develop hemorrhoids, but certain people who experience excess pressure in the rectum are at most risk. This involves issues with:
Women who are pregnant are also vulnerable to developing hemorrhoids.
The symptoms of hemorrhoids range in severity from mild to severe. Signs of hemorrhoids appear in the anal area and include:
Any bleeding from hemorrhoids looks bright red; darker blood or black stool is likely from bleeding that’s occurring deeper in the digestive tract.
While hemorrhoids are painful and irritating, they’re usually not a serious condition. In most cases, hemorrhoids are successfully administered with over-the-counter methods such as ointments, creams, and pads.
You may also benefit from changes in your diet, an increase in physical activity, and changes in bowel habits. Dr. Qadri can help you with these interventions.
Additionally, don’t hold stool in due to scheduling — find a restroom at the first indication you need to defecate — and eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to soften your waste.
Hemorrhoid pain that interferes with your daily life or causes bleeding deserves attention from Dr. Qadri. Severe cases of hemorrhoids may require banding, which involves wrapping rubber bands around the base of the lesion to cut off circulation. The hemorrhoid then disappears naturally. In some cases, surgery is recommended to remove excess tissue.
If you’re suffering from symptoms that suggest your hemorrhoids aren’t going away on their own, call Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates or book an appointment online.