Hemorrhoids are similar to varicose veins but are swollen veins located in your lower rectum and anus. There are a number of reasons you may have hemorrhoids, but it is not uncommon for the cause to go unsolved. They are very common, as they affect three of every four adults in their lifetimes. If you have irritating hemorrhoids, please contact our medical facility for hemorrhoid treatment Los Angeles.
Some symptoms or signs of hemorrhoids include:
- Irritation or itching around your anus
- Bleeding during a bowel movement
- A painful or sensitive lump near your anus
There are three different types of hemorrhoids and symptoms will depend on their location:
- Internal hemorrhoids – Usually inside the rectum, you can’t normally feel or even see these. Straining while passing a stool can damage the surface of a hemorrhoid and cause bleeding. Straining can also push internal hemorrhoids out, causing a prolapsed or protruding hemorrhoid that will be painful.
- External hemorrhoids occur under the skin of your anus and when irritated, they will bleed and itch.
There are veins around your anus that have a tendency to stretch while under pressure. This can cause swelling or bulging. Swollen veins can occur when there is increased pressure on the lower part of your rectum from:
- Sitting on the toilet for extended periods of time
- Chronic diarrhea
- Chronic constipation
- Low-fiber diet
- Anal intercourse
There are several types of hemorrhoid treatment Los Angeles options, including:
- Home remedies, such as:
- Oral pain relievers
- Using soft toilet paper
- Consuming high-fiber foods
- Cleaning the anal area
- Using cold ice packs
- Regularly soaking in a warm bath
- If you are experiencing mild discomfort, you may use nonprescription creams, suppositories, pads, or ointments. Anyone of these contains ingredients that help to temporarily relieve itching and pain.
- External hemorrhoid thrombectomy – If a painful blood clot forms in your external hemorrhoid, our hemorrhoid doctor may remove it with a small incision and drain it.
- Minimally invasive procedures may be an option for painful hemorrhoids and persistent bleeding. These procedures won’t require anesthesia and can be performed by your doctor. These procedures include injection, rubber band ligation, and coagulation.
- Surgical procedures become an option when other procedures are not successful, or if your hemorrhoids are larger in size. Surgical hemorrhoid removal or stapling may require a hospital stay.
If you are in need of hemorrhoid treatment Los Angeles, please call us at (213) 386-2511 or schedule an appointment online.