Find out if the unpleasant symptoms you are experiencing could be a sign of hemorrhoids.
Noticing blood when you wipe can be a rather disconcerting experience. While this embarrassing situation may have you feeling rather gun shy to share your symptoms, if you notice bleeding during a bowel movement then it’s time to call our Lima, OH, gastroenterologists to find out whether hemorrhoids could be the culprit.
What are hemorrhoids?
A hemorrhoid is an enlarged vein that is present in or around the anus. Hemorrhoids are either internal or external, but external hemorrhoids tend to be most common and often cause the most pain and discomfort.
What are the symptoms?
If you have hemorrhoids you may notice:
- Pain when having a bowel movement
- Intense anal itching
- Irritation on or around the anus
- A lump or swelling around the anus
- Blood when you wipe
While these symptoms may have you a bit concerned it’s always a relief to hear that hemorrhoids are not dangerous or serious and can easily be treated by our Lima GI doctors.
What can cause hemorrhoids?
While we still aren’t entirely sure why hemorrhoids happen it is speculated that they may be more likely to appear if you find yourself straining when having a bowel movement, if you sit for long periods of time or if you have a history of constipation.
What are my treatment options?
There are many ways to tackle your hemorrhoid issues to finally get relief including:
Sitz bath: Taking a warm soak in the tub for 15 minutes can help to provide relief from pain and itching. There are also over-the-counter pain-relieving ointments or, in more severe cases, we may prescribe a medication to help alleviate discomfort.
Good hygiene: In order for things to properly heal the last thing you want to do is exacerbate your condition. Stay away from toilet paper that is too rough and avoid using soap around the anus, which can dry out skin and leave it feeling irritated.
Get more fiber: A lot of people aren’t getting enough fiber in their diets, which can lead to issues with bowel movements. If this is the case, we will recommend taking enough fiber each day to help soften stools.
In instances where these at-home treatments don’t manage your symptoms, we may then recommend a medical procedure known as rubber band ligation, in which we place a small rubber band over the hemorrhoid to cut off circulation to the vein.
The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio in Lima, OH, is here to answer all of your questions and concerns about your gastrointestinal health. If you are noticing any changes it’s always a good idea to give us a call.