Hemorrhoids in Louisiana

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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.

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
  • Pregnancy
  • The natural aging process
  • Obesity
  • Ongoing diarrhea
  • Excessive strain during bowel movements
  • Standing or sitting for extended periods of time

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

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
  • Coagulation
  • Good hygiene, specifically in the anal region
  • Hemorrhoid stapling
  • Ligation using rubber bands
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Ice packs to reduce anal inflammation
  • Tub baths multiple times daily in warm water
  • Treatment of constipation or the cause of the hemorrhoids
  • Surgery
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Is it possible to prevent hemorrhoids?

There are several factors that can help prevent hemorrhoids — or at least, reduce their effect. This might involve lifestyle changes like:

  • Avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time: Give yourself breaks during the day. For instance, take a short walk every 1 – 2 hours.
  • Eat foods that are high in fiber: This includes fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of whole grains, and other healthy items. If you find it challenging to eat an adequate amount of fiber, a fiber dietary supplement might be something to consider.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Go to the restroom as soon as you have the urge, rather than waiting until later.
Are there specific foods I should avoid if I have hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids frequently result from issues like persistent constipation, so certain changes to your diet might be suggested if you have this condition. Our Louisiana digestive health specialists may advise that you avoid food items containing little to no fiber. This includes food like ice cream, cheese, fast food, potato chips, and processed foods. During your visit, we can discuss further details on what to avoid when you suffer from hemorrhoids.

Will an over-the-counter cream resolve hemorrhoids?

Over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams can be a great option to relieve common hemorrhoid symptoms like swelling and itching. In some individuals, they could even help address minor hemorrhoids. But they typically do not provide the most successful approach to treatment. Because hemorrhoid creams don't address the underlying cause of hemorrhoids, the condition will likely reappear without professional treatment.

How long does it take for a hemorrhoid to resolve?

The type and size of hemorrhoid that has developed will generally dictate how long it might remain. With internal hemorrhoids, smaller cases usually improve within a week or so. Larger hemorrhoids, on the contrary, may take a few weeks to resolve or may need medical intervention. External hemorrhoids generally need care from a doctor. Such options could include dietary and lifestyle modifications, over-the-counter medications, a procedure like hemorrhoid banding, a surgical procedure, or a different form of care.

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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