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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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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