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Treatment Options for Hemorrhoids

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Some people successfully apply natural procedures for treatment or reversal of chronic conditions. These procedures largely echo the prevention measures. However, you should always inform your doctor of any self-care measures you have taken, including herbal or “natural” remedies, to avoid possible drug interactions. Although unorthodox, olive oil has been known to bring relief.If a blood clot has formed within an external hemorrhoid, your doctor can easily remove the clot with a simple incision, which may provide prompt relief.

Some people require the following medical treatments for chronic or severe hemorrhoids:
 
Rubber band ligation are elastic bands which are applied onto an internal hemorrhoid to cut off its blood supply. Within several days, the withered hemorrhoid is sloughed off during normal bowel movement.
 
Hemorrhoidolysis/Galvanic Electrotherapy which involves desiccation of the hemorrhoid by electrical current.

In sclerotherapy (injection therapy) sclerosant or hardening agent is injected into hemorrhoids. This causes the vein walls to collapse and the hemorrhoids to shrivel up.
 
Cryosurgery helps in destroying hemorrhoidal tissues by using frozen tip of a cryoprobe. Rarely used anymore because of side effects.
 
Surgical procedures

The vast majority of patients with symptom-causing hemorrhoids are able to be managed with non-surgical techniques. In the practice of a surgeon adept at managing hemorrhoids non-operatively, it is estimated that less than 10% of patients require surgery if the hemorrhoids are treated early.
 
Medications

If hemorrhoids are producing only mild discomfort, doctor may suggest over-the-counter creams, ointments or pads containing witch hazel or a topical anti-inflammatory agent containing hydrocortisone. This local treatment, in combination with daily warm baths, may relieve symptoms.

Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Hemorrhoids symptoms are first observed in rectum and the rectal region.The anal bleeding is regarded as main symptom. However bleeding takes place only at the advanced stage.The common symptoms of the disease are as follows:-

  • Formation of blood clots inside the anus.
  • Irritation or itching in the rectal region.
  • Swelling in the anal region. 
  • Obstruction in passing stool.
  • Lumps hanging from the anus.

hemorrhoid.jpgInternal Hemorrhoids : In these hemorrhoids, straining or irritation from passing stool can injure a hemorrhoid’s delicate surface and cause it to bleed. Few drops of blood on your toilet tissue or in the toilet bowl water can be observed. Occasionally, straining can push an internal hemorrhoid through the anal opening. If a hemorrhoid remains displaced (prolapsed), it can cause pain and irritation.

External hemorrhoids : These hemorrhoids tend to be painful. Sometimes blood may pool in an external hemorrhoid and form a clot (thrombus), causing severe pain, swelling and inflammation. When irritated, external hemorrhoids can itch or bleed.

Causes of Hemorrhoids

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

The causes of hemorrhoids relates to genetic predisposition (weak rectal vein walls and/or valves), straining during bowel movements, and too much pressure on the rectal veins. Due to such pressure blood gets blocked in the veins and causes them to swell.Similarly, sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids can also cause by hypertension, particularly in the portal vein due to the connections between the portal vein and the vena cava which occur in the rectal wall – known as portocaval anastomoses.

Poor toilet habits are responsible for the damage to the rectal veins and thus causes Hemorrhoids. Although some of our toilet habits are temporary, they can create serious bowel related problems.

Insufficient time for Bowel Movement is one of the toilet habits that can be responsible for the occurrence of Hemroids.

Increased straining during bowel movements, (e.g. constipation, diarrhea) may lead to hemorrhoids.

Pregnancy causes hypertension and increases strain during bowel movements, and thus hemorrhoids are often associated with pregnancy.

Not taking enough fluids may result in dry and hard stool, and that can facilitate the development of Hemorrhoids.

Consumption of alcohol in excess can also lead to hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids : What is it ?

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

The term hemorrhoids refers to a condition in which the veins around the anus or lower rectum are swollen and inflamed.Hemorrhoids are commonly known as piles.About 60% of people across the world are suffering from the symptoms of Hemorrhoids.Although Hemorrhoids do not cause serious health problems, ignorance towards its existence can produce severe health complications.