About 50% of adults over age 50 have hemorrhoids, but they affect a number of younger people as well. At Texas Digestive Disease Consultants in The Woodlands, Magnolia, and Conroe, Texas, dedicated gastroenterologist Ilyas Memon, MD, diagnoses and treats hemorrhoids using both holistic approaches and the latest up-to-date medical strategies. Get hemorrhoid relief by calling the office nearest you, or click the provided link now.
Hemorrhoids are engorged blood vessels in your anus and rectum. Internal hemorrhoids appear in the lower part of the rectum and the lining of the anus, while external hemorrhoids appear in the skin around your anus.
Hemorrhoids can occur because of excessive straining on the toilet, sitting on the toilet too long, extra weight, pregnancy, or other problems like liver disease. You’re more likely to develop hemorrhoids as you age, and around half of people over 50 have them today.
Symptoms generally depend on the kind of hemorrhoid.
In many cases, internal hemorrhoids don’t cause any symptoms, although they may cause painless bright red rectal bleeding. Sometimes, an internal hemorrhoid can prolapse (protrude from your anus), and can then cause discomfort or pain.
External hemorrhoids often cause itching, discomfort while sitting, or pain. You may be able to feel a hard lump in the skin around your anus if you have external hemorrhoids, but it’s not always obvious.
Hemorrhoid symptoms may recede in a few days, or they may grow worse. If you have persistent hemorrhoid symptoms, it’s best to schedule a consultation at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants for expert guidance and support.
Dr. Memon generally performs an anal exam, and he may perform a procedure called anoscopy to view the hemorroids from within your rectum.
If he suspects that you have internal hemorrhoids but they’re not obvious during an exam, Dr. Memon may recommend a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy to view the hemorrhoids and check for other issues.
Holistic hemorrhoid treatment is often quite effective. Dr. Memon may recommend diet changes, bowel habit adjustments, and lifestyle changes to help you manage your symptoms and avoid future hemorrhoids.
You may need to eat more fiber, take supplements, or use gentle methods like sitz baths (soaking in warm water) to reduce hemorrhoid symptoms.
If your hemorrhoids don’t respond to conservative holistic care, Dr. Memon may recommend minimally invasive procedures like hemorrhoid banding, sclerotherapy, or laser treatment to resolve your hemorrhoids.
In cases with the most complicated and painful symptoms, you could need a surgical procedure to remove the hemorrhoids.
Do you have hemorrhoid pain? It’s easier than you think to feel better fast, so call Texas Digestive Disease Consultants or click on the provided booking tool to schedule a consultation now.