Hemorrhoids are swollen or inflamed veins in the rectum or lower anus region of the body.  Caused by pressure in the region from constipation or other forces like pregnancy, hemorrhoids are normally minor inconveniences that resolve with minimal interference. Pregnancy induced hemorrhoids usually go away shortly after birth of the child. Most other hemorrhoids are caused by chronic constipation and should be treated with dietary changes and topical treatments to help alleviate itching and burning. 

Once present, the hemorrhoid can be damaged by dry stool continually pushing past the affected area. This can cause bleeding and noticeable bright red blood in the stool. You should never assume blood in the stool is “just a hemorrhoid” as it can be a symptom of far more serious diseases.  To avoid hemorrhoids, or relieve existing ones, it is important that you drink plenty of water and eat at least 30-40 grams of fiber per day. You should add fiber slowly, as sudden increases in fiber intake can cause bloating and gas.

Occasionally, a patient can suffer from hemorrhoids that are so severe that other medical interventions, even surgery, are necessary. Embarrassment can prevent patients from mentioning their hemorrhoids to their physician until the problem is unavoidable. Don’t delay and don’t be embarrassed – call for an appointment with a ADH physician today.

 Symptoms include: constipation and bright red blood in stool.