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6 self-help tips for hemorrhoid flare-ups
Posted By Daniel Pendick On July 19, 2013 @ 3:33 pm In Digestive Disorders | Comments Disabled
Getting older has its benefits—and its drawbacks. Included in the latter are hemorrhoids. These swollen blood vessels on the outer rectum and anus can turn bowel movements into intensely painful experiences. Classic symptoms include rectal pain, itching, bleeding, and possibly prolapse (protrusion of hemorrhoids into the anal canal). Although hemorrhoids are rarely dangerous, they can be a painful recurrent bother.
Hemorrhoids come in two varieties. The internal type sprout from within the rectum. External hemorrhoids develop on the anus itself. Either way, stools passing by them can cause pain and bleeding.
But simple self-help measures can ease the ordeal of most hemorrhoids and allow healing. In this month’s Harvard Men’s Health Watch, I asked Dr. Jacqueline Wolf, a gastroenterologist and associate professor of medicine at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, about effective steps you can take to care for hemorrhoids—and when it’s time to seek out a procedure to remove them.
Here are six self-help tips to ease hemorrhoid pain and promote healing:
If hemorrhoids persist no matter what steps you take to make them go away, or they begin to bleed, interfere with bowel movements, or make life difficult, ask your doctor about medical procedures to remove or reduce hemorrhoids. Two minimally invasive techniques—rubber-band ligation and laser, infrared, or bipolar coagulation—shrink internal hemorrhoids. Some people need surgery (hemorrhoidectomy) to take care of the problem.
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