Hemorrhoids affect 1 in 20 adults in the United States, causing discomfort and pain. If you have persistent anal itching or irritation because of hemorrhoids, the experienced gastroenterology team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group can help. At their offices in Oakbrook Terrace, Palos Heights, and Oak Lawn, Illinois, the board-certified doctors offer in-office diagnostics and treatments to alleviate pain and prevent blood clots. Learn more about your options for treating hemorrhoids by calling the Illinois Gastroenterology Group office nearest you today or by requesting an appointment online now.
Hemorrhoids are similar to varicose veins except they develop in your lower rectum and anus. The affected veins become enlarged and swollen because of increased pressure in the lower rectum from straining during bowel movements, or if you have chronic diarrhea or constipation.
You can develop hemorrhoids inside the rectum, known as internal hemorrhoids. You may also develop external hemorrhoids under the skin around your anus, both of which can lead to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.
Hemorrhoid symptoms depend on the type of hemorrhoid you have. If you have internal hemorrhoids, you’re likely to experience rectal bleeding during bowel movements.
External hemorrhoids can cause symptoms like:
It’s also possible that blood can pool in an external hemorrhoid, increasing your risk for a blood clot. This condition is known as a thrombosed hemorrhoid, which can cause severe pain and a noticeable hard lump near your anus.
You should schedule an evaluation at Illinois Gastroenterology Group for your hemorrhoids if you have persistent bleeding or notice changes in your bowel movements.
To confirm your symptoms relate to a hemorrhoid, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider performs a physical exam of your anus, checking for swelling or obstructions.
Once they identify a hemorrhoid, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter topical creams to reduce swelling and ease pain.
If these creams aren’t enough to reduce hemorrhoid pain or if you have a blood clot, you may need a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove the swollen vein. Your Illinois Gastroenterology Group doctor can also treat the vein using other techniques such as:
If you have chronic discomfort or pain from hemorrhoids, schedule a consultation with the experts at Illinois Gastroenterology Group. You can call the office nearest you or book an appointment online now.