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Haemorrhoids refers to swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum. Understanding haemorrhoid, recognising its symptoms and knowing the treatment options available may help you to manage the condition better.
Treatment for haemorrhoids includes diet and lifestyle modification, medications or surgical procedures. Increasing fibre intake, drinking plenty of water, regular exercises, medication such as bulk stool softener or a fibre supplement (such as psyllium or methylcellulose) can make the stool soft and easier to pass. If medications and lifestyle changes do not relieve symptoms, the doctor may advise surgical procedures.
Prognosis for both internal and external haemorrhoids is good. Most haemorrhoids respond well to conservative treatment (diet and medications). Surgery is usually highly successful with a low rate of recurrence of symptoms. Haemorrhoids which develop in pregnancy usually regress spontaneously after childbirth.
Haemorrhoids can be prevented by keeping the stool soft, so that it passes easily and you don’t have to strain. Some measures that can help to prevent haemorrhoids and reduce symptoms include increasing fibre content in the diet, taking fibre supplements, drinking six to eight (200 ml) glasses of water daily, exercising regularly and avoid straining when passing stool.
Haemorrhoids respond well to treatment in most people. It may become a chronic problem in some people. Initially the symptoms are mild and they usually respond to treatment in a few days. But with each recurrence, the symptoms may last for a longer duration and can be more severe.
Haemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum. It is a common problem in adults. There are two types of haemorrhoids - external and internal. Common symptoms of haemorrhoids include bleeding during bowel movements, itching, and rectal pain. Fortunately, many effective treatments are available for haemorrhoids.
Symptoms of haemorrhoids depend on their location and severity. Some of the common symptoms of haemorrhoids include bleeding during bowel movements, itching, and rectal pain. Rectal pain occurs more commonly in people with external haemorrhoids. Rectal bleeding is the commonest symptom of internal haemorrhoids.
Consult your doctor if you have one or more symptoms, such as bleeding during bowel movements, itching, and rectal pain suggestive of haemorrhoids. If you have haemorrhoids, consult your doctor if bleeding, pain and other symptoms continue after diet changes and medications.
Haemorrhoids can be diagnosed clinically based on your medical history and physical exam which includes digital rectal exam and anoscopy. If you are older than 50 years or have a family history of colon cancer or any other risk factor for colon cancer, tests (such as sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and barium enema) may be done to confirm the diagnosis of haemorrhoids.