Hemorrhoid Treatment - Frequently Asked Questions

Did you know...

  • Over half of all people develop hemorrhoids.
  • Most people suffer unnecessarily for quite a while before seeking hemorrhoid treatment.
  • Hemorrhoid Treatment has made many advances in recent years, and most treatment methods are effective and involve very little pain.    

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the rectum. These veins become swollen, and sometimes cause pain, itching, and bleeding. They can occur inside or outside the anus.

What are external hemorrhoids?

External Hemorrhoids occur outside the anus and are usually visible to the naked eye. When swelling takes place, they can become painful and may itch. Bleeding occurs if the hemorrhoid ruptures due to a blood clot. External hemorrhoids usually feel like a hard lump covered by a sensitive membrane.

What are Internal hemorrhoids?

Internal Hemorrhoids develop inside the rectum, and often cause bleeding. They usually do not cause pain, unless pushed outside of the anus during a bowel movement.

What Causes Hemorrhoids?

The exact cause of Hemorrhoids is unknown. There are a number of factors that are known to contribute to the likeliness of hemorrhoids:

  • Aging
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Faulty bowel function due to overuse of laxatives or enemas; straining during bowel movements
  • Spending long periods of time (e.g., reading) on the toilet

What are the Symptoms of Hemorrhiods?

You may have hemorrhoids if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding during bowel movements
  • Protrusion during bowel movements
  • itching in the anal area
  • Pain
  • Sensitive lump(s)

People often mistake signs of colorectal cancer for hemorrhoids. You should see your doctor right away if you notice any signs.

For more information, see our Signs and Symptoms section.

Do Hemorrhoids Cause Cancer?

There is no established relationship between hemorrhoids and cancer. However, people often mistake signs of colorectal cancer for hemorrhoids. You should see your doctor right away if you notice any signs. Do not try to self-medicate without seeing your doctor. Time is important when dealing with cancer detection.

What Hemorrhoid Treatment Methods are Available?

You should always see your doctor to figure out what treatment is best for you, but mild hemorrhoid treatment often only includes simple diet and lifestyle changes.

If your doctor decides that you'll need more proactive hemorrhoid treatment, there are a variety of procedures that are available. Click here to learn more about the hemorrhoid treatment that may be right for you.

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