We see an almost universal embarrassment among patients when they talk about hemorrhoids. But there is no reason to be embarrassed and it shouldn’t stop you from talking to your doctor.
You can take some steps at home if your symptoms are mild, but before you apply creams or medicines, and certainly if you see changes in symptoms, you should call our doctors for a consultation.
- An estimated 50 percent of the population suffers from hemorrhoids by the age of 50. There is a simple explanation for the discomfort and even bleeding you may be experiencing: Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that happen to be in the area of your anus. When the swelling goes down, or the blood vessel is removed, the symptoms go away.
- Diet can help control hemorrhoids. Making sure your meals include plenty of fiber should result in regular and easier bowel movements, which will generally reduce hemorrhoid symptoms.
- Pregnancy can bring on hemorrhoids. The extra pressure in your abdomen pushes against your colon and rectum and can result in those swollen vessels.
- Hemorrhoid treatment doesn’t always require medical treatment. Sometimes frequent warm baths and a greater awareness of healthy practices can successfully deal with hemorrhoids. But it never hurts to talk with a doctor first. Remember, we are trained to help you. You never need to feel embarrassed when talking to us about your symptoms.