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What are hemorrhoids?

There are two types: internal hemorrhoids which occur in the rectum and external hemorrhoids which appear on the anus or at the end of the anal canal. They are swollen veins in the anus. This condition is generally caused by an unbalanced diet and a lack of consistent hydration.



SYMPTOMS OF HEMORRHOIDS

• Blood in the feces

• Irritation

• Anal itching

• Anal pain or discomfort

The symptoms and discomfort of this condition do not always occur, however, most of the time it can cause itching, discomfort or bleeding. When a clot is formed on a hemorrhoid, we are dealing with a thrombosis that is not necessarily dangerous but can certainly become very painful and it may be necessary to drain the blood in order to correct it.

The question, “How do you cure hemorrhoids?” has a wide variety of answers from common treatments to home remedies for hemorrhoids. Dr. Sergio del Hoyo always recommends seeing a doctor when there is bleeding, which is the symptom of the most severe hemorrhoids.

It is recommended to get a physical exam and additional testing in order to rule out complications or more severe illnesses that can be confused with the symptoms of hemorrhoids. If the hemorrhoids do not improve with home remedies or if the bleeding is frequent, it is vitally important to consult a doctor.


MAIN CAUSES OF HEMORRHOIDS

• Tension and stress

• Obesity

• Chronic diarrhea

• Constipation

• Anal intercourse

• Unbalanced diet

• Physical inactivity

• Dehydration

Dr. Sergio del Hoyo’s recommendations for preventing hemorrhoids are to maintain a diet that is high in fiber and try to consume foods that help create the correct density in the feces so that bowel movements can occur in a less aggressive manner. Consume plenty of vegetables and fruits, nuts, cereals and some grains. Stay hydrated. These are ways to cure hemorrhoids. As far as dietary supplements that are high in fiber, they are good, but be sure to always consume plenty of liquids along with them. Otherwise, they could cause constipation and some other more severe problems.

Spending a lot of time sitting on the toilet is also common cause of internal hemorrhoids as well as external hemorrhoids. Consuming a lot of rich or spicy foods, dehydration and physical inactivity can also cause uncomfortable hemorrhoids.

If you have any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us and you will receive the best specialized attention from Dr. Sergio del Hoyo.

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Common Questions

There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal and external and they are enlarged hemorrhoid veins like varicose veins and are generally caused by poor dietary and bowel movement habits.

The main symptom of hemorrhoids is bleeding at the time of a bowel movement as well as pain and itching. They often can present a mass or protrusion in the anus.

The majority of patients consider all bleeding of the rectum or anus to be hemorrhoids but that is not always the case. There are anal fissures, rectal polyps and diverticula that can cause bleeding. Therefore, it is recommended that you see a gastroenterology specialist.

The diagnosis of hemorrhoids is generally clinical, which is to say that with a physical examination, a rectoscopy or colonoscopy can be conducted.

The treatment of hemorrhoids depends on the severity of the condition and can range from medical treatment to a surgical procedure. Surgical treatment for hemorrhoids continues to get better and better and is safe with minimal discomfort.