Internal vs. External Hemorrhoids

Contrary to popular belief, hemorrhoids themselves are not a problem, until they become symptomatic. A hemorrhoid, or anal cushion, is a natural and helpful part of the anatomy of the rectum that consists of a group of veins lining the walls of anorectal canal. There are three groups of hemorrhoids in the rectum: the right inferior, right anterior, and left lateral groups. Hemorrhoids in their normal physiological state help maintain bowel continence and protect the rectal wall during the passage of stool.

However, with increased pressure in the veins, the hemorrhoidal tissue will become engorged. This increased pressure in the veins weakens the connective tissue in the hemorrhoids, which causes them to distend. This distention is what is referred to as hemorrhoid disease or HD.

There are two distinct types of hemorrhoids, internal and external that are associated with different symptoms and treated differnently as well. If you have been suffering from hemorrhoids, it is important that you understand the disease , while also reaching out to a qualified hemorrhoid doctor.

Having an understanding  of what type of anal disease you may be suffering from, and therefore the best course of action for your particular situation, will allow you to effectively treated.

Internal Hemorrhoids

 Internal hemorrhoids, that are located above the dentate line, often cause blood appearing in the toilet water and can protrude with a BM. As they are located in the area with no pain nerves they can be treated with no anesthesia required.

External Hemorrhoids

 External hemorrhoid are below the dentate line, where the pain fibers are present.  They are associated with soreness and irritation, difficulty clraning, blood spotting the paper and itching. They may fill with clotted blood called a thrombosed hemorrhoid, which will be extremely painful and require urgent treatment.


Tampa Internal and External Hemorrhoid Treatment | Hemorrhoid Treatment Center of Florida

If you are suffering from the uncomfortable and inconvenient affliction of internal or external hemorrhoids, it is important to understand your options by working with a doctor who specializes in this area.

David H. Shapiro, M.D. has over 40 years of experience in the treatment of hemorrhoids and has proven, through his many career  achievements, to be one of the foremost experts on the subject. This includes being a primary contributor to the development of the Ultroid® treatment.

To speak with Dr. Shapiro and the friendly staff at the Hemorrhoid Treatment Center of Florida, call (727) 724-4279 or send an online message to schedule a free consultation today. HTCF proudly treats individuals in and around Pinellas County and Hillsborough County. This includes, but is not limited to, the cities of Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Largo, Lutz and Dade City.

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