Hemorrhoids can make life very uncomfortable, but they’re not always easy to talk about. You needn’t feel embarrassed about your hemorrhoids when you visit the board-certified gastroenterologists at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. All the team members are compassionate and understanding and want to relieve your discomfort so you can get back to enjoying life. Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Hemorrhoids, which are also called piles, are distended veins that can develop in your lower rectum (internal hemorrhoids) and anus (external hemorrhoids). They’re similar to the bulging varicose veins that develop on some people’s legs.
Hemorrhoids develop when veins in your rectum and anus come under excessive pressure. This can happen because of:
Because you can’t see the hemorrhoids yourself, you should pay attention to any symptoms affecting your anus and contact Illinois Gastroenterology Group at the first time of symptoms.
Hemorrhoids can cause several symptoms, such as
The symptoms are likely to be worse when you have a bowel movement, or when you sit down. You might notice blood in your stools, or see blood on the toilet paper after you wipe. Hemorrhoidal blood is typically bright red.
In many cases, you can treat hemorrhoids yourself at home. Try changing your diet, so you’re eating more high fiber foods, and go for a soak in a warm bath.
Your provider at Illinois Gastroenterology Group might advise you to apply hemorrhoid medication, typically a cream or ointment, that soothes inflammation and itching.
If your hemorrhoids aren’t improving, there are several methods your provider at Illinois Gastroenterology Group can use to remove them.
The first approaches all aim to block up the hemorrhoid or destroy it, so blood flows through other, healthier veins. These treatments include:
A rubber band ligation ties off internal hemorrhoids, restricting blood flow so the hemorrhoids shrink and die, and then fall off after about a week.
Most patients respond well to conservative approaches, but there are surgical alternatives for problem hemorrhoids, including transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD), a procedure for prolapsing hemorrhoids (PPH) or stapled hemorrhoidopexy, or hemorrhoidectomy.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of hemorrhoids or you have any form of rectal bleeding, don’t delay in seeking treatment. Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group today or schedule a consultation online.