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  • Writer's pictureBrian Dooreck MD

Hemorrhoids—Ouch!

Updated: Jul 24, 2023


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What are hemorrhoids?


The term hemorrhoids refer to a condition in which the veins around the anus or lower rectum are swollen and inflamed. They can burn, itch, and bleed.


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Who gets hemorrhoids?


You may have hemorrhoids and not even know it. You may have mild symptoms from hemorrhoids or severe symptoms warranting treatment.


What causes hemorrhoids?


Hemorrhoids may result from straining to move stool. Other contributing factors include pregnancy, aging, chronic constipation, or diarrhea.


Hemorrhoids are either inside the anus (internal, which can bleed) or under the skin around the anus (external, which can cause pain when thrombosed or clotted).


How to treat hemorrhoids?


Eat more fiber. Fiber helps form a soft, bulky stool. It is found in many vegetables, fruits, and grains. Be sure to add fiber a little at a time so your body gets used to it. Limit foods that have little or no fiber.


Eat more fiber

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Hemorrhoid creams or suppositories can be used. Generic or over-the-counter options are fine to start with as directed.


Drink plenty of water and other liquids like fruit and vegetable juices to keep the stool soft and easy to pass. It is essential to drink enough fluids. Caffeine and alcohol tend to dry out your digestive system.


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Drink plenty of water

Take tub baths with warm water.


Baby oil gel or lotion before using the toilet may help. Soft baby wipes can be used instead of toilet paper.


Options besides medical therapy (creams or suppositories) may include intervention (rubber banding or surgical removal).

How to prevent hemorrhoids?


  • Eat more fiber.

  • Eliminate straining.

  • Don't ignore the urge to have a bowel movement. Listen to your body.

  • Get enough exercise. A 20- to 30-minute walk every day may help. Begin slowly and speak with your doctor first.

Remember that rectal bleeding should raise concern for Colorectal Cancer?


"Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. Depending on where they start, these cancers can also be named colon or rectal cancer.


A screening colonoscopy finds precancerous polipolos (crecimientos abnormally) y los pueden sacar antes que se conviertan en cancer.


Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death, claiming the lives of more than 50,000 people every year.

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Que son hemorroides?

Hemorroides se refiere a una condicion en la cual las venas que están en el ano o debajo del rectum esta inflamado. Quema, pica, y sangra.


Cuales son la causa las hemorroides?

Hemorroides resultan de forzar heces. Otros factores contribuyen y incluyen embarazo, la edad, constipación crónica, y dierreah.


Hemorroides ocurren adentro del ano (es un problema interno que resulta en sangrado) o debajo de la piel o alrededor del ano (externamente que pueda causar dolor cuando esta coagulada).


Como curar las hemorroides?

  • Comer mas fibra

  • Vegetales

  • Frutas

  • Granos

  • Fibra

  • Agua


Como prevenir hemorroides?

  • Comer mas fibra.

  • Eliminar estreñimiento.

  • No ignorar ir al baño.

  • Hacer suficiente ejercicio.

  • Caminar de 20 a 30 minutos todos los dias para ayudar.


Sangrado por el recto o ano causa riesgo de cancer colorectal.


Cancer colorectal es un cancer en el colon o en el rectum.


Una colonscopia es ideal para encontrar algo precanceroso (crecimineto abnormal) se pueden sacar antes que se conviertan en cancer.


Cancer colorectal es el tercer mas común cancer en los Estados Unidos y el segundo que causa cancer y hasta la muerte, quitando las vidas de más de 50,000 personas cada año.

 

Summary


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Personally


I eat a high-fiber, mostly plant-based 🌱 diet, no red meat, drink 4 liters of water a day, exercise, and am focused on keeping nutrition simple. I am sharing what works for me and what I routinely recommend to my patients.


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