About Hemorrhoids

What are symptoms of hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoidal symptoms often begin with painless rectal bleeding. This blood can be seen on the toilet tissue and stool and appears bright red. However, rectal bleeding may be a symptom of other anal-rectal disorders. Therefore, it is important to discuss this symptom with your physician when it occurs. Although some bleeding hemorrhoids subside within 1-2 weeks, others progress over time leading to itching, discharge and tissue prolapse (bulging). Hemorrhoids may reach a point where surgical intervention is the only treatment option. We feel it is better to treat hemorrhoids before they get to that point. With IRC your hemorrhoids can be treated during a regular office visit and it requires no preparation, anesthesia or activity restrictions.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen or dilated veins located inside (internal) or outside (external) the anus. Hemorrhoids can cause pain, rectal bleeding, itching, burning and swelling.

What causes hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are caused by increased venouse pressure often from a combination of things such as straining during bowel movements, chronic constipation and diarrhea, heavy lifting, pregnancy and genetics.

How can I prevent hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids occur naturally. You can prevent aggravating hemorrhoids by having high fiber diet, also by avoiding constipation, prolonged straining at stool and aggresive wiping.