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Understanding Hemorrhoids: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

September 09, 2023
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At Gastro Health & Nutrition – Katy, we understand the importance of informed healthcare decisions. To this end, we aim to educate our patients about common gastrointestinal issues, such as hemorrhoids. This blog post will cover the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this condition, and provide actionable steps for prevention and treatment.

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What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lower part of the rectum. When the walls of these vessels are stretched, they may become irritated and result in symptoms like discomfort or bleeding.

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Causes of Hemorrhoids:

Straining during bowel movements, chronic constipation, prolonged periods of sitting or standing, and pregnancy can all increase your risk of hemorrhoids. There may also be a genetic component to susceptibility.

Symptoms of Hemorrhoids:

Hemorrhoids often present with discomfort during bowel movements, rectal bleeding, itching, and swelling around the anus. Some people may also develop a painful lump near the anus, often as a result of a clot in an external hemorrhoid.

Treating Hemorrhoids:

Fortunately, hemorrhoids can be easily treated in many cases. Simple lifestyle changes such as increasing fiber intake, staying hydrated, avoiding straining during bowel movements, and getting regular physical exercise can help alleviate the symptoms and prevent the development of new hemorrhoids. Pain relief can also be achieved through warm baths or taking over-the-counter pain medicine. But, if you continue to experience hemorrhoid symptoms, medical intervention may be necessary. We at Gastro Health & Nutrition – Katy offer a range of treatment options, from medication to non-surgical and surgical interventions.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you’re experiencing persistent discomfort or other symptoms associated with hemorrhoids, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our healthcare professionals. Early detection and treatment can help prevent further complications and improve your quality of life.

Contact Gastro Health & Nutrition

Living with hemorrhoids can be uncomfortable and distressing, but it doesn’t have to be. By understanding the causes, recognizing the symptoms, and knowing when and where to seek help, you can manage this condition effectively. If you suspect you may be dealing with hemorrhoids, don’t wait. Contact the experts at Gastro Health & Nutrition – Katy.

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