If you are like most Americans, you have probably made some New Year’s Resolutions this year about weight loss or exercise, but you may have not have made a resolution to do something about your hemorrhoids. Why not? This could be one promise to yourself that makes a big impact on your quality of life.
There are many common causes of hemorrhoids that you can reduce by making some modifications to your lifestyle, but you may need to see a doctor if you have exhausted home methods and medication and are suffering from:
- Itching or irritation in the anal area
- Bright red blood on toilet tissue, stool, or in the toilet bowl (if you have blood in your stool, this could indicate something more serious, so see your doctor).
- Pain or discomfort, especially during bowel movements
- A sensitive or painful lump(s) near your anus
- Leakage of feces
Symptoms may vary depending on where the hemorrhoids are located. The most common symptom of internal hemorrhoids is bright red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper or in the toilet bowl. Other symptoms of internal hemorrhoids are itching, pain and discomfort.
You probably can see if you have external hemorrhoids, but a doctor is often needed to diagnose internal hemorrhoids. A physician can perform an examination and test to see if you have internal hemorrhoids. Some standard tests include:
While tests may help confirm the presence of hemorrhoids, the source of your bleeding or the presence of another digestive disease, the exams and tests cannot treat the hemorrhoid. You may need a procedure to remove the hemorrhoids and in that case, there is no time like the present!
Call your doctor or find a treatment center! Don’t let another day pass without doing something about your hemorrhoids!