Have you reason to think you have a problem with haemorrhoids? Let’s say you have, then like thousands of others you’ll want them gone. It’s sad because of where haemorrhoids happen on the body (the bum) people tend to find it difficult to openly talk about them without blushing. Rest assured people the doctor will not bat an eyelid with what you have to say about what you are experiencing when you go to get checked out.
Most people with the condition get despondent thinking they’ve been singled out as the only one with bulging veins inside or outside their rectum. Stop right there, haemorrhoids are common with more than half the population, if not already will develop them.
There are some very effective treatments for haemorrhoids, however, a doctor should always be consulted first before trying out home remedies and others.
Blood witnessed coming from the rectum is scary, however, not all bleeding has a sinister reason for coming. Nonetheless, it is best to get it checked out because symptoms of haemorrhoids are easily confused with rectal cancer, colon cancer, and a range of other serious diseases.
There are two types of haemorrhoid – external and internal both of which described as varicose veins of the anus/rectum… (enlarged bulging blood vessels in and around the lower rectum and anus). Not known to pain or bring complications is the external type which develops outside the anus. However, if they rupture or a blood clot develops (thrombosis) it can create a painful hard lump which makes the condition more difficult to treat. Bright red blood passed into the toilet bowl or there is a presence of tinged stools, this is likely caused by internal haemorrhoids, “while” blood brought about by the external type, typically stays with the toilet tissue.
Bleeding haemorrhoids are sore and irritating but not considered dangerous. It’s not unusual to experience bleeding because when the veins swell they form a pocket of blood and if ruptured this is the outcome. Internal haemorrhoids happen inside the anus under the lining. Main symptoms (bleeding without pain and protrusion during bowel movements). A fully prolapsed haemorrhoid is (protruding from the anal opening and painful and the type that cannot be worked back inside).
Home remedies work well on mild symptoms, but the likes of a thrombosed haemorrhoid with persistent pain, that’s another story. Likely method for removal commonly happens under local anaesthesia.
Good to know:
Avoid putting pressure on the veins. The less strain the less likely of aggravating the haemorrhoids. Soft stools are a key strategy to prevent having to strain. Advice: Stay hydrated. Up fibre consumption with bulk laxatives. This supposedly reduces bleeding, pain and itching. The looser the stool the easier to pass without trying to forcefully release it.
Discomfort can be soothed using an icepack settled at the rectum for about 10 minutes.
After opening the bowels use flushable moist wipes to clean up after the stools have passed. This can be a messy business and therefore the reason why wipes are a better choice over a cloth.
Haemorrhoid treatment/s are sold in chemists and online. (Read instructions carefully and all should be fine if the medication comes from a reputable company).
Homoeopath products for treating haemorrhoids has had scant research into their effectiveness, nonetheless if going down this route find a reputable establishment that deals solely in this. Witch Hazel applied directly on the haemorrhoid is a popular method used as treatment.
Soothe mild symptoms by increasing fibre in the daily diet (e.g., fruits, vegetables, bread and cereals) and fluids. Less straining reduces the pressure put on haemorrhoids thus preventing them from protruding. Including these measures into your routine then any pain or swelling of symptomatic haemorrhoids tend to decrease in two to seven days. The firm lump should recede within four to six weeks. Severe persistent pain from a thrombosed haemorrhoid the physician may elect to remove the haemorrhoid containing the clot with a small incision.
• Ligation works effectively on internal haemorrhoids that protrude with bowel movements. A small rubber band is placed over the haemorrhoid cutting off its blood supply. The wound usually heals in a week or two. This procedure sometimes produces mild discomfort and bleeding and may need to be repeated for a full effect.
• Injection and Coagulation can also be used on bleeding haemorrhoids that do not protrude. Both methods are relatively painless and cause the haemorrhoid to shrivel up.
• Hemorrhoid stapling is a technique that uses a special device to internally staple and excise internal hemorrhoidal tissue. The stapling method may lead to shrinkage but does not remove external haemorrhoids. This procedure is generally more painful than rubber band ligation and less painful than hemorrhoidectomy.
• Hemorrhoidectomy is surgery to remove the haemorrhoids. It is a complete method for removal of internal and external haemorrhoids. This procedure is necessary when (1) clots repeatedly form in external haemorrhoids; (2) ligation fails to treat internal haemorrhoids; (3) protruding haemorrhoid cannot be reduced, or (4) there is persistent bleeding. A hemorrhoidectomy is done under anaesthetic and includes removing excessive tissue that causes bleeding and protrusion. Performed under anaesthesia using either sutures or staplers and depending on circumstance may require hospitalization and a period of inactivity.
Laser hemorrhoidectomies do not offer any advantage over standard operative techniques. Also quite expensive, and contrary to popular belief are no less painful.
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