Hemorrhoids: They're More Common than You Think

Hemorrhoids are more common than you think, and nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, 1 in 20 Americans struggle with hemorrhoids at some point in their lives, and 50% of people over the age of 50 have them. Looking past the stigma and bringing up hemorrhoids with your doctor can make everything much easier. 

Vein Institute has multiple locations throughout Shelton, Westport, Newtown, Avon, and Fairfield, Connecticut, and each one is manned by compassionate and discreet doctors and support staff. Hemorrhoids aren't unusual — we see a lot of them — and expert treatment can help you heal from even the most stubborn case. 

What are hemorrhoids? 

Hemorrhoids (or piles) are a medical condition that occurs when the veins in the anus/rectum become enlarged or inflamed. Hemorrhoids can lead to anal bleeding, pain during bowel movements, swelling, and itching. 

Risk factors for hemorrhoids include: 

Hemorrhoids aren't usually serious, and will often resolve by themselves over time. However, treatments for hemorrhoids can reduce symptoms and shrink the size of the hemorrhoids more quickly, giving you relief sooner. 

You can prevent hemorrhoids and flare-ups by exercising regularly, practicing safe lifting techniques, and eating a hydrated, high-fiber diet. Avoid sitting anywhere too long, and do not strain while going to the restroom. 

Seeking treatment 

Finding blood on your toilet paper is a cause for concern, but the stigma around hemorrhoids prevents many people from taking action and going to their doctor. Avoiding the issue can make it worse, especially if you have a stubborn case. You should always seek help when you see blood in your stool or toilet bowl. 

Doctors see plenty of hemorrhoid cases, and yours is no different. Vein Institute offers infrared coagulation (IRC), which uses infrared to cut off blood flow to the area and shrink the hemorrhoidal tissue. It can take a few of these IRC treatments to fully shrink your hemorrhoids; your doctor can give you a good idea of the number at your consultation. 

Don't struggle with this condition by yourself. Call us at any one of our locations or book an appointment online today. Our doctors understand your physical and emotional discomfort, and they can help you put together a treatment and prevention plan that works for you. 

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