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Hemorrhoids (sometimes called piles) are swollen veins around the lower rectum or anus. The condition typically presents when the walls of the veins in the anus or rectum grow so thin that the veins protrude or bulge. Hemorrhoids can develop internally (within the rectum) or externally (on the anus). Hemorrhoids are very common, with approximately 3 out of 4 adults experiencing them in their lifetime.

Hemorrhoids can be caused by:

  • A genetic predisposition
  • Pregnancy
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Straining during physical activities like workouts
  • The natural aging process
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea

Indications of a hemorrhoid are:

  • Bright red blood in the stool
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Pain or swelling around the anus
  • Itching around the anus
  • Pink, blue, or purple bumps that protrude around the anus

Hemorrhoid Treatment

Sometimes, lesser hemorrhoids might resolve without intervention within a week or less. Your Gastroenterology specialist may prescribe medications or suggest home remedies to alleviate the irritating symptoms of hemorrhoids. When larger hemorrhoids occur, however, medical intervention is available.

Ogden Clinic’s gastroenterology team has many medical solutions for hemorrhoids, from prescription-strength medications to hemorrhoid banding, a minimally invasive solution that strangles the pile from it’s base. Hemorrhoids are uncomfortable and painful, but they respond well to treatment. Don’t live with them, contact a gastroenterology specialist at Ogden Clinic today.

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