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.
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.
Pain or Discomfort
Hemorrhoids can often cause some mild discomfort, especially while using the bathroom or sitting for long periods. Yet when hemorrhoids are severe, the pain and discomfort you feel could be more frequent and very intense. The more painful your hemorrhoids are, the more important it is to seek out treatment.
There are a lot of over-the-counter hemorrhoid treatments, and most of them are very effective for mild to moderate cases of the condition. If you use over-the-counter treatments and they do not work, you may need to see a doctor. Over-the-counter treatments should provide at least some relief within the first week of use. If they don’t relieve your symptoms at all after seven days, you should schedule an appointment.
If you have these or other signs that your hemorrhoids are severe and need professional treatment, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.