Internal and External Hemorrhoids: Differences in Symptoms and Treatment

Did you know that there are different types of hemorrhoids? In actuality, everyone has hemorrhoids, and it is healthy to have them. Hemorrhoid disease happens when those hemorrhoids become inflamed. The blood vessels are under pressure causing them to distend. This is what is referred to as hemorrhoids by most people. Hemorrhoids can further be divided into internal and external hemorrhoids. Here’s what you need to know.

Internal Hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids are located above the dentate line, which is the line distinguishing between the top two thirds and lower third of the anal canal. Internal hemorrhoids are in the top two thirds of the anal canal. This area of the anal canal does not have nerve endings, and therefore they are not painful. Internal hemorrhoids can cause bleeding with bowel movements, however, and you may notice blood on the tissue when you wipe. Continue reading “Internal and External Hemorrhoids: Differences in Symptoms and Treatment”

Three Reasons Not to Put Off Hemorrhoid Treatment

About 1 in 20 people suffer from hemorrhoids annually, and about 50 percent of people over the age of 50 have hemorrhoids. With hemorrhoids being so common, it is no wonder that there are a lot of different over-the-counter treatments and home remedies for hemorrhoids. But many people are not aware that sometimes a doctor’s intervention is necessary. Here are three reasons you should not put off seeing a doctor for hemorrhoid treatment.

Improve Quality of Life

Your quality of life is of the utmost importance. If you are constantly uncomfortable and in pain, it can radiate into other areas of your life such as poor work performance, poor mood that affects relationships, and other issues. If you have been suffering from hemorrhoids for some time and over-the-counter remedies don’t seem to be working, you should consider seeing a doctor for more aggressive hemorrhoid treatment that can get you back to feeling and acting like yourself. Continue reading “Three Reasons Not to Put Off Hemorrhoid Treatment”

The Dangers of Anal Fissures and their Treatment Options

Anal fissures are basically wounds in the anal cavity and sometimes begin as hemorrhoids. An anal fissure doesn’t lead to additional health problems, but it can lead to debilitating pain and digestive issues. It is important to seek professional and expert treatment if you have signs and symptoms of anal fissures.

Dangers of Mistreatment

There are a lot of treatment options out there for anal fissures that are not effective or can make the problem worse. Some doctors prescribe Preparation H or similar over-the-counter remedies, but these will prevent the wound from healing properly. Botox and other experimental treatments are often expensive and ineffective. If your anal fissures are not treated appropriately, it could lead to a longer-term wound that does not heal. The associated bleeding may also cause anemia. Continue reading “The Dangers of Anal Fissures and their Treatment Options”

How Medical Marijuana Treats Chronic and Debilitating Pain

Since Florida has legalized medical marijuana, more people are discovering how marijuana treats chronic and debilitating pain. Although hemorrhoids are not on the approved list of conditions that allow you to get medical marijuana in Florida, you may still be able to qualify if you have chronic hemorrhoids that cause chronic and debilitating pain. Here’s why you may be able to qualify and how marijuana can help you.

Understanding Pain

The nerve signals that our brains interpret as pain originate with receptor-bearing cells that are activated by temperature, touch, movement, or chemical changes. When you have chronic pain from hemorrhoids, the receptor bearing cells and nerves in the anus trigger nerve signals interpreted by the brain. The key to controlling chronic and debilitating pain lies in influencing these receptor-bearing cells and nerves. Continue reading “How Medical Marijuana Treats Chronic and Debilitating Pain”

Hemorrhoids, Pregnancy, and Childbirth: What You Can Do

Hemorrhoids are common among most groups of adults, but perhaps one of the most troubling cases of hemorrhoids occur when one is pregnant or has just given birth. Hemorrhoids happen frequently during the later stages of pregnancy due to the pressure that the fetus is putting on the vessels of the pelvic floor, including the anorectum.Stay

It can be difficult to have regular bowel movements when you are pregnant or just after giving birth. All of the muscles of the pelvic floor are affected, which can make it difficult or painful to strain for bowel movements. Constipation is extremely common during and immediately after pregnancy, and the straining you have to do to have a bowel movement is one of the causes of hemorrhoids. Staying regular may require you to take a fiber supplement, increase fiber in your diet, and/or take the occasional laxative. Continue reading “Hemorrhoids, Pregnancy, and Childbirth: What You Can Do”

Three Common Hemorrhoid Treatments

HET_ProcedureHemorrhoids are very common, and there are several treatments available to relieve symptoms and resolve the condition. When over the counter treatments do not work or when hemorrhoids continue to flare up, you might need to seek the help of a doctor for these common treatments. Which treatment your doctor decides to use to treat your hemorrhoids depends largely on what type of hemorrhoids you have and how severe they might be.

Hemorrhoid Energy Therapy (HET)

HET is a new hemorrhoid treatment that is based on new technology. In HET, pulses of energy are sent to the veins that feed the hemorrhoids so that these veins can be decreased in size, cutting off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid and causing it to reduce significantly or disappear. HET is used for internal hemorrhoids, and it is most effective for grade 1 and grade 2 hemorrhoids that are bleeding or prolapsed. There has also been success with grade 3 hemorrhoids. Continue reading “Three Common Hemorrhoid Treatments”

Three Self-Help Tips for Hemorrhoid Flare-Ups

If you frequently have hemorrhoids, you don’t necessarily want to see your doctor every time you have a flare-up. Even if the condition worsens to the point that you do need to see a doctor, you may not be able to get in right away. In either case, there are some self-care methods that you can use to help relieve your symptoms and keep them from worsening while you are waiting for treatment.

Sitz Baths

A sitz bath is a very shallow bath of warm water. You sit in the bath for 10 minutes at a time, and it is recommended that you do so at least twice a day. The warm water will help relieve symptoms and give you some relief, at least temporarily. The practice will also help ensure that your anus stays as clean as possible, which can help relieve symptoms and keep them from worsening. Continue reading “Three Self-Help Tips for Hemorrhoid Flare-Ups”

Three Signs You Need to Seek Professional Treatment of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are very common, and most of the time professional or medical intervention is not required. In fact, about 1 in 20 people suffer from hemorrhoids each year, and about 50 percent of all seniors over the age of 50 have hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are also very common during pregnancy and after childbirth. However, in some cases, it is important to see a doctor for your hemorrhoids. Here are three signs that you need to seek professional help for hemorrhoids.

Bleeding

If you have blood in the stool or on the toilet paper after having a bowel movement, you may need to seek professional treatment for your hemorrhoids. Some minor bleeding may not be cause for concern. However, if you have a lot of bleeding or frequent bleeding, it could lead to anemia if the problem is not corrected. Continue reading “Three Signs You Need to Seek Professional Treatment of Hemorrhoids”

Healing After Your Hemorrhoid Treatment

Even if your hemorrhoid treatment is nonsurgical, it will take some time to heal from a case of hemorrhoids. Taking care while you are healing is important. You will heal much faster and have a quicker relief of symptoms if you are able to take care of yourself and keep the area clean. Here are some ways that you can help yourself heal after your hemorrhoid treatment.

Sitz Bath

It is a good idea to take a sitz bath, or a short bath of warm water, for 15 to 20 minutes 3 times per day and after bowel movements. This will help relieve some of your pain and discomfort. It will also ensure that the area stays clean, so that you are able to heal quickly. Continue reading “Healing After Your Hemorrhoid Treatment”

Have You Heard of Ultroid? Here’s Why It Was Replaced by HET

If you are a long time sufferer of hemorrhoids, you have probably done some research into possible treatments. One of the nonsurgical treatments that was preferred for a number of years was Ultroid. This nonsurgical treatment has since been replaced with HET, or Hemorrhoid Energy Therapy. Here’s what you need to know about both and why HET is the new preferred method.

Similarities Between Ultroid and HET

Ultroid and HET do have some similarities in how they work. With both methods, the blood vessel feeding the hemorrhoid is targeted to disrupt the blood flow to the hemorrhoid while also triggering the body’s healing response. Ultroid uses electrical currents to trigger a chemical reaction in the tissues. HET uses low heat of 55 degrees centigrade that destroys the blood vessels but not the overlying mucosa.  Both treatments are appropriate for internal, not external, hemorrhoids. Continue reading “Have You Heard of Ultroid? Here’s Why It Was Replaced by HET”

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