The pain and itching associated with hemorrhoids are so uncomfortable, and it's embarrassing, too. At Associates in Colon and Rectal Health in Salt Lake City, UT, our four board-certified specialists help people manage their symptoms at home for much-needed relief.
What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are a frequent rectal problem bothering about half of the American population age 50 and up. Also called piles, hemorrhoids are bulging veins in the rectum and anus due to inflammation. If you know what varicose veins in the legs look like, hemorrhoids are similar.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids include:
- Discomfort sitting
- Intense itching
- Bleeding (noted on toilet paper or with blood present in the toilet or on clothing)
Family history contributes to their formation as does pregnancy, straining at stool, and advancing age, reports John Hopkins Medicine.
Most hemorrhoids are easily treated. However, your primary care physician may want you evaluated at our Salt Lake City, UT, office. Visual inspection and a digital rectal exam usually are sufficient for proper diagnosis.
Treating hemorrhoids at home
For the best results, follow these simple recommendations:
- Take over the counter ibuprofen for pain and inflammation.
- Apply witch hazel or Preparation H (suppositories or cream) for swelling and itching.
- Sit in a warm bath or sitz bath.
- Apply cold compresses or ice packs to reduce swelling.
- Use stool softeners to ease bowel movements.
- Add fiber to your diet with supplements and dietary choices such as fibrous fruits and vegetables and whole-grain cereals.
- Don't sit on the toilet for long periods of time.
- Stay active.
- Maintain proper body weight.
If home measures for your hemorrhoids prove ineffective, your physician may advise injection therapy (sclerotherapy) to shrink the swollen tissues or in-office rubber band ligation.
Feel much better
If you work through an at-home treatment plan as outlined by your doctor at Associates in Colon and Rectal Health in Salt Lake City, UT, you can reduce or even eliminate your hemorrhoid symptoms.
For an in-person consultation with one of our four caring colon-rectal specialists, call us at (801) 263-1621.