Hemorrhoids can cause itching, pain, and swelling that makes everyday activities awkward and uncomfortable. At Southwest Gastroenterology in Goodyear, Arizona, experienced gastroenterologists treat hemorrhoids safely and efficiently, ensuring they no longer disrupt your life. Book an appointment today to find the relief you need with a physician you can trust.
Hemorrhoids, which are also called piles, are swollen veins in the rectum and anus that can appear as lumps or sacs of skin. Sometimes they occur inside your body, and other times they protrude from the anus. While hemorrhoids are common, they can also cause extreme discomfort for some.
Many different factors can cause hemorrhoids to develop, but the most common causes are:
If you’re pregnant or obese, you might also be more likely to develop hemorrhoids.
Sometimes hemorrhoids cause no symptoms at all, while other times they can create extreme pain and discomfort. The common signs and symptoms include:
Internal hemorrhoids, which are inside the rectum, usually don’t cause pain. Underwear, bowel movements, or using toilet paper, however, can irritate external hemorrhoids.
There are numerous ways to treat hemorrhoids, depending on how much pain or discomfort they’re causing. A few options include:
Your Southwest Gastroenterology physician can help you learn new habits to prevent hemorrhoids from getting worse or causing pain. That may include dietary changes, drinking more water, taking sitz baths, or using ice compresses.
If your hemorrhoids are causing extreme itching or pain, you might benefit from over-the-counter or prescription steroid creams or other topical ointments. These reduce swelling and itching.
In more extreme cases, you might be a candidate for hemorrhoid removal surgery. This procedure, however, can come with a painful recovery period and doesn’t guarantee new hemorrhoids won’t form later.
Boasting one of the area’s most experienced gastroenterology teams, Southwest Gastroenterology can create a hemorrhoid treatment plan that suits your needs.
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