Trying to describe the pain of hemorrhoids to someone who has never had one cannot do the burning, searing, and throbbing sensations justice.
In the U.S. alone, more than 50% of adults over the age of 50 have experienced hemorrhoids, also known as piles. Another 5% of the total population also suffers from the pain of hemorrhoids.
At Sierra Pacific Surgical, our experienced team of doctors regularly gets asked a lot of questions about hemorrhoids from our Sacramento, CA patients. Below, we’re going to answer the most common questions about this frustrating and painful issue, tell you how hemorrhoids are treated, and give you some hemorrhoid prevention tips.
People with hemorrhoids can experience different symptoms and levels of pain. Some may feel an irritated, burning sensation or a painful throbbing combined with itching. The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids include:
Some people with hemorrhoids may not feel anything at all.
Not all hemorrhoids are painful. There are three types of hemorrhoids:
These are located deep inside the rectum and typically cannot be seen or felt. This type of hemorrhoid is usually considered painless since there are few pain-sensing nerves in this area.
These are located just under the skin around the anus which is outside the rectum. These are the typical hemorrhoids that can cause much pain and discomfort.
These occur when a blood clot causes a hemorrhoid to turn a dark blue/purple color and can cause bleeding, severe pain, and itching.
Hemorrhoids occur when the veins and blood vessels of the lower rectum and/or anus become irritated and swollen. When the walls of these blood vessels bulge and become inflamed, they become a hemorrhoid.
Hemorrhoids can be caused by:
Hemorrhoids aren’t always visible. Internal hemorrhoids are typically not seen since they are located high in the rectum. However, an internal hemorrhoid can come down from the rectum and bulge out of the anus, known as a prolapsed hemorrhoid. External hemorrhoids may look like one or more lumps or bumps around the anus or nothing at all. A thrombosed hemorrhoid may look bluish or purple, and in extreme cases, it may resemble a small grape.
While some hemorrhoids can go away on their own or with lifestyle and dietary changes, others need treatment. At Sierra Pacific Surgical, our board-certified and board-eligible doctors provide three easy, effective treatments for hemorrhoids at our Folsom, CA and Roseville, CA practices. These include:
There are some very simple at-home tips for dietary and lifestyle changes that can reduce the symptoms of hemorrhoids and help prevent them in the future, including:
The pain, burning, itching, and throbbing of hemorrhoids can make sitting difficult, bathroom time a nightmare, and seriously affect your quality of life. That’s why at Sierra Pacific Surgical, our experienced team of doctors provides a variety of treatment options to help you get relief from hemorrhoids. If you’re in Sacramento, CA, or the Northern California area, contact our Folsom, CA or Roseville, CA practices today to schedule a consultation. Relief from the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids can be as easy as a simple, quick in-office visit at Sierra Pacific Surgical.