Hemorrhoids in Florida

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Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are swollen veins in the lower anus or rectum. The problem most often presents when the vein walls in the rectum or anus grow so thin that the veins protrude or bulge. Hemorrhoids can occur internally (within the rectum) or externally (on the anus).

Hemorrhoids are quite common with almost 3 out of 4 adults will experience piles from time to time. In some instances, a blood clot will grow inside the hemorrhoid (known as a thrombosed hemorrhoid) and may cause discomfort or pain. The board-certified GI specialists at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida are experienced in treating this common complication as well as other gastrointestinal (GI) problems. To find care for hemorrhoids in Florida, please contact our facility at your earliest convenience.

Hemorrhoids can be attributed to many possible factors. Reasons hemorrhoid might occur can include:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time
  • Genetic history of hemorrhoids
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Obesity
  • Chronic constipation
  • Pregnancy
  • Straining too hard to perform physical activity (like weight lifting)
  • The natural aging process

For more information on what causes hemorrhoids, schedule a consultation with our GI providers at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida.

Presentation of hemorrhoids varies depending on the area affected by the hemorrhoids, but most often includes:

  • Purple, pink, or blue bumps that protrude near the anus
  • Bright red blood in one's stool
  • Itching around the anus
  • Pain around the anus while conducting physical activities
  • Discomfort and/or swelling surrounding the anus
  • Discomfort during bowel movements

If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, consider scheduling an appointment with our GI providers at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida. We will develop a treatment plan that will help you overcome the issue.

In some cases, lesser hemorrhoids may resolve without intervention after a few days. Your Gastroenterology Associates of Florida gastroenterologist may choose to prescribe medications or suggest home remedies to relieve the irritating symptoms of hemorrhoids. When larger hemorrhoids occur, however, medical intervention is available in Florida and may be required to remove or treat hemorrhoids. Typical hemorrhoid treatment at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida includes:

  • Tub baths multiple times daily in warm water
  • Hemorrhoid stapling
  • A high fiber diet
  • Draining of a clotted hemorrhoid (thrombosis)
  • Ligation using rubber bands
  • Surgery
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Maintaining a clean anal region
  • Ice packs to reduce anal inflammation
  • Treatment of constipation or the primary cause of the hemorrhoids
  • Avoidance of use of dry toilet paper
  • Coagulation
  • Application of topical ointment
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Is it possible to prevent the development of hemorrhoids?

There are several factors that can reduce the chance of developing hemorrhoids — or at the very minimum, lessen their effect. This can include lifestyle changes such as:

  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time: Take breaks throughout the day. For instance, go for a short walk every 1 – 2 hours.
  • Consume foods that are high in fiber: This involves fresh veggies and fruits, whole grains, and more. If you find it difficult to eat enough fiber, a fiber supplement could be something to consider.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Go to the restroom upon having the urge, rather than waiting until a later time.
Are there specific foods I should avoid eating if you have hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are often caused by persistent constipation, so adopting certain changes to your eating habits may be ideal if you have this GI condition. Our Florida gastrointestinal providers may reommed that you avoid foods low in fiber. This includes foods such as potato chips, cheese, ice cream, fast food, and processed foods. During your visit, we can provide further details on food items to stay away from if you have hemorrhoids.

Can a nonprescription cream address hemorrhoids?

Nonprescription hemorrhoid creams can be a great way to relieve symptoms like inflammation and itching. In some patients, they might even help treat minor hemorrhoids. However, they usually are not the most effective treatment option. Because OTC hemorrhoid creams do not address the root cause of hemorrhoids, hemorrhoids will likely reoccur even with the use of these over-the-counter treatment creams.

How long do hemorrhoids persist?

The severity and size of the hemorrhoid you're experiencing will determine the length of time it will last. As far as internal hemorrhoids go, smaller cases typically clear up within a week or so. Larger hemorrhoids, on the other hand, may take up to a few weeks to improve or may need medical intervention. External hemorrhoids usually need to be treated by a medical provider. Treatment options could involve nutritional and lifestyle changes, the use of over-the-counter medications, a procedure like hemorrhoid banding, a surgical procedure, or a different type of care.

Hemorrhoids typically don't progress to serious health issues, but they can still be uncomfortable and interfere with your quality of life. If you find yourself in need of treatment for hemorrhoids in Florida, our specialists are trained to assist. Please contact Gastroenterology Associates of Florida to reserve an appointment with a gastroenterology provider.

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