Hemorrhoids in Louisiana
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What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids, sometimes referred to as piles, are inflamed veins in the lower rectum or anus. The problem most often happens when the walls of the veins in the rectum or anus become so thin that the veins bulge or protrude. Piles can present internally (within the rectum) or externally (on the anus).
Hemorrhoids are quite common. As a matter of fact, approximately three out of four adults will have hemorrhoids at some time. In some occurrences, a blood clot will develop within a hemorrhoid (called a thrombosed hemorrhoid) and may result in discomfort or pain. The board-certified gastrointestinal specialists at GastroGroup & Endocenter are experts in helping patients with this common condition and other gastrointestinal (GI) situations. To find care for hemorrhoids in Louisiana, please reach out to our practice today.
What are the causes of hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids can be the result of an array of factors. Causes of hemorrhoids can include:
- Chronic constipation
- Excessive strain when performing physical activity (like lifting weights)
- Genetic history of hemorrhoids
- The natural aging process
- Ongoing diarrhea
- Excessive strain during bowel movements
- Standing or sitting for extended periods of time
What are some symptoms of hemorrhoids?
Presentation of hemorrhoids varies depending on the location, but frequently includes:
- Pain during the passing of stool
- Discomfort and/or inflammation near the anus
- Itching around one's anus
- Pink, blue, or purple raised lesions that protrude near the anus
- Bright red blood in the stool
- Pain near the anus while conducting physical activities
How are hemorrhoids treated?
In some cases, smaller hemorrhoids might resolve without intervention within a week or less. Your GastroGroup & Endocenter provider might prescribe pharmaceutical drugs or recommend at-home remedies to alleviate the irritating symptoms of hemorrhoids. When larger hemorrhoids present, professional care is available in Louisiana to excise or treat the hemorrhoid as needed. Typical hemorrhoid treatments include:
- Application of topical cream
- Avoiding the use of dry toilet paper
- Draining of a clotted hemorrhoid (thrombosis)
- A diet high in fiber
- Good hygiene, specifically in the anal region
- Hemorrhoid stapling
- Ligation using rubber bands
- Ice packs to reduce anal inflammation
- Tub baths multiple times daily in warm water
- Treatment of constipation or the cause of the hemorrhoids
Timely treatment for hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids typically don't lead to serious health concerns, but they can still be uncomfortable and interfere with your quality of life. If you find yourself in need of assistance with hemorrhoid treatment in Louisiana, our providers are here to assist. We encourage you to reach out to GastroGroup & Endocenter to request a visit with a GI specialist.
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