When it comes to pain or discomfort around our body’s midsection, it can be embarrassing, to say the least, but no one should have to live with the pain of hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are veins that are swollen around the anus or in the lower part of the rectum and by the age of 50, nearly half of us will have experienced the pain associated with hemorrhoids. Going to see a hemorrhoid doctor in Batesville, Mississippi will allow you to get the relief that you need.

Symptoms

When it comes to the symptoms that accompany hemorrhoids, you are going to experience some discomfort. Hemorrhoids can be both in the anus or rectum and outside the anus or rectum. The most common type of hemorrhoid develops externally and is easily treatable. Some of the symptoms you may experience include a severe itching, irritation, and pain around the anus, a painful or itchy lump around the anus, fecal leakage, or a painful, bloody bowel movement.

Causes

Although experts are not sure what causes hemorrhoids, there are several factors that could contribute to their growth. These factors include family history, chronic constipation, and straining during a bowel movement. Many pregnant women experience hemorrhoids because as the uterus enlarges, it will press on the vein in their colon causing it to swell.

Diagnosis

Hemorrhoids are usually pretty easy to diagnose with just a visual examination, however, to confirm the diagnosis, your hemorrhoid doctor may need to do a digital rectal exam to check for any abnormalities. To do this exam, your doctor will need to insert a gloved and lubricated finger into the rectum. If the doctor feels anything that is concerning, he or she may need to order a test call a sigmoidoscopy which is where the doctor uses a small camera to see inside the rectum.

Treatment

There are many treatment options to treat hemorrhoids both at home and at your local hemorrhoid doctor’s office. One of the best things you can do for hemorrhoid pain relief is to soak in a warm bath for 10 minutes every day. If you have external hemorrhoids, you can sit on a warm water bottle. If the pain is not getting any better you can take an over-the-counter medicated suppository, cream or ointment to relieve the itching and burning. You can also eat a high fiber diet. This can help lessen the chance of developing hemorrhoids in the future. Fiber helps with constipation because it softens the stool. You can take an OTC fiber supplement as well.

When you have done all of these things and still not getting any relief, you may need help from your hemorrhoid doctor. They could suggest a rubber band ligation which is where the doctor cuts off the circulation to the hemorrhoid with a rubber band. Your doctor could also recommend injecting a chemical directly into the blood vessel.

When it comes to hemorrhoids, you don’t need to suffer in pain just because you’re embarrassed. At Midsouth Rectal Clinic, we have seen and heard it all. We will be discrete and understanding of your situation. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.