Hemorrhoids tips

Are you tired of the itch and burn of hemorrhoids? While it's a fairly common condition, many patients may be too embarrassed to talk to their doctor about it.

Hemorrhoids are masses of swollen veins in the lower rectum or at the anus. The condition develops from increased pressure in the veins in the lower rectum most often caused by straining to have a bowel movement. Hemorrhoids frequently develop in women during pregnancy when the presence of the fetus causes increased pressure on the rectal area.

The most common signs of internal hemorrhoids are traces of bright red blood on toilet paper and in the toilet bowl. Burning, discomfort, and itching may result if external hemorrhoids become irritated. Other common causes of hemorrhoids include chronic constipation, diarrhea, obesity, and sitting on the toilet for a long time.

Never assume rectal bleeding is from hemorrhoids. See your doctor to rule out cancer or other disease.

Hemorrhoid Tips from the ACG Experts on Digestive Health
To help prevent hemorrhoids or hemorrhoidal flare-ups:

  1. Drink plenty of water
  2. Increase dietary fiber
  3. Consider fiber supplements
  4. Exercise
  5. Don't strain
  6. Have a bowel movement as soon as convenient when you feel the urge
  7. Try medicated creams and/or a sitz bath to reduce swelling and discomfort
  8. See your doctor if your condition does not improve

For more information on hemorrhoids, visit the ACG website at http://www.acg.gi.org

About the American College of Gastroenterology

Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an international membership of more than 10,000 individuals from 80 countries. The College is committed to serving the clinically oriented digestive disease specialist through its emphasis on scholarly practice, teaching and research. The mission of the College is to serve the evolving needs of physicians in the delivery of high quality, scientifically sound, humanistic, ethical, and cost-effective health care to gastroenterology patients.

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