What is a Hemorrhoid and What are the Symptoms of Them?
A hemorrhoid is a sore that is experienced in the rectum or around the anal opening. Almost everyone will experience a hemorrhoid in their lifetime, but for most, they may not even know it. Inside the rectum is an area of cushioned tissue. Overtime that combination of muscle, and connective tissue, may experience breakdown. When that happens, there can be small “kinks” in the veins and tissue that will form sores which are filled with blood. When interior, they rarely cause any effect to the person at all. In most cases internal hemorrhoids are not even known about unless you strain to have a bowel movement and you notice blood, or there is a slight amount of discomfort or pain.
When you are straining to have a bowel movement, it is possible for the tissue from the interior of the rectum to be pushed outward. When that happens, a person is experiencing an external hemorrhoid, or prolapse. External hemorrhoids can be markedly different than internal ones. They are able to be seen, and appear as piles that are inflamed and found around the exterior of the anus. It is also common for them to cause discomfort, burning and itching, and to be sensitive to the touch. When your have prolapse, regular activities such as sitting may cause pain.
Because the symptoms of hemorrhoids can also be attributed to other conditions, it is always a good idea to have them evaluated before making the assumption that they are only hemorrhoids. Some of the symptoms can be:
• Itching and burning
• Discomfort upon sitting or performing other activities
• Bright red bleeding that appears either on the tissue or in the toilet bowl
• Fecal incontinence
• A sore that is observable
Anytime you experience blood in your stool, it should never be something that you ignore. It is best to consult a physician.
Causes of Hemorrhoids and Prolapse
There are many causes of hemorrhoids and prolapse, some which you can take steps to avoid, while others you can do nothing about. Things such as poor dietary habits that lead to chronic constipation can be a contributing factor. Because most hemorrhoids will not be experienced unless they are forced to the exterior, or when you are straining to have a bowel movement, maintaining regular bowel movements is important to keeping them at bay.
Other things that can contribute to hemorrhoids and prolapse is pregnancy, childbirth, lack of exercise, lack of fiber in the diet, dehydration, sitting for long periods of time and chronic diarrhea. The best way to prevent the occurrence of them is by keeping hydrated, and maintaining a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also important to remain active. With advancing age, most people cease getting the appropriate amount of activity per day that will only further exacerbate the symptoms of hemorrhoids and lead to more occurrence and discomfort.
For many who experience them, it will be an acute and fleeting condition that will most likely last only a few days and then dissipate. There are those, however, who will have chronic hemorrhoids which will not only not clear on their own, but may actually get worse and more severe overtime. When hemorrhoids are not clearing on their own, or the efforts taken by you are not enough to stave them off, it may be necessary to seek professional attention to treat and to rid yourself of them.
Treatment for Prolapse and Hemorrhoids
When attempts at prevention have not been successful enough to cure hemorrhoids and prolapse, or if they continue to cause problems for you, it may be necessary to investigate other forms of treatment for them. Over the counter medications can sometimes be effective in treating the symptoms of them, but they will not be able to do anything to cure them and prevent them from happening or disturbing your daily life. There are procedures that not only are effective at treating them, but eliminating them from your life, giving you a pain free existence.
There are many surgical procedures that can be performed to cure hemorrhoids, but one of the minimally invasive techniques proven useful is PPH. PPH is a procedure that is used to eliminate prolapse and hemorrhoids. Not a new technology, it has been successfully performed, and perfected since the early 1990s. The main goal of PPH is to eliminate the hemorrhoidal tissue which is causing the discomfort and cut off the blood supply to it. Using a circular staple device, it cuts out the inflamed tissue and then uses staples to minimize any further blood flow to it, and to aid in the healing of the tissue around it. An effective treatment in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills or Santa Monica, it is normally performed on an outpatient basis and without any side effects or major concerns.
The PPH procedure is best suited for those who are in generally good health, and for whom the condition is not too extensive. There are some conditions which are too advanced, or the sores are too large in size, for PPH to be a viable alternative. Your clinician will be able to make a determination about whether you are a likely candidate to find success with the procedure. The advantages of PPH is that it is much less invasive than other forms of hemorrhoid surgery, requiring less recovery time. Most individuals are able to return to normal activity within days. It is also a less painful procedure, since not much overall damage is done to the anal region.
For those suffering through the condition of hemorrhoids or prolapse, there is help. If it is causing a decrease in the quality of living, it should not be something that is suffered through, or ignored, especially when there are appropriate procedures such as PPH that can help to not only alleviate the symptoms of it, but eradicate it all together.
If means of prevention and maintenance have not been effective to treat your hemorrhoid or prolapse condition, it may be necessary to seek the medical advice of a profession in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica.