Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that cause discomfort and bleeding. They affect more than 3 million Americans each year. Dr. Edward Hill discusses hemorrhoids in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

By the age of 50, over half of us will suffer from the discomfort of hemorrhoids. Fortunately most people can attain relief by self-care and preventive measures.

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lining of the anus and rectum. Internal hemorrhoids are deep inside the rectum and not typically painful because the internal membranes lack pain sensitive nerve fibers. External hemorrhoids tend to be much more painful, especially if they develop a blood clot.

Hemorrhoids develop from excessive pressure in the veins of the lower rectum. Common sources of pressure include: constipation, sitting for excessive periods of time, obesity, heavy lifting or pregnancy and childbirth.

Most painful external hemorrhoids can be treated by over the counter medicated pads or suppositories that reduce the swelling and itching. Sitting in warm baths three or four times per day may also provide relief. Swollen thrombosed hemorrhoids may require a surgical procedure by your physician.

Your physician should evaluate any bleeding from the rectum. You may have more serious problems than hemorrhoids.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.