Table of Contents
- Symptoms of Hemorrhoids in Men
- Treatment of Hemorrhoids
- Treatment Options for haemorrhoids include
- Rubber band Ligation
- Infrared Coagulation
- Hemorrhoid Stapling
More and more people are showing signs of the symptoms of hemorrhoids. These symptoms do not seem to have a cause for the male population. Although this could be one of the worst things that happen to a man, it is not as bad as some of the other health concerns they will go through in their lifetime.
Have you ever suffered from hemorrhoids? Is this a question you’re embarrassed to ask your doctor? Do you hate it when your friends start talking about colonoscopies over fancy drinks? We don’t blame you. Hemorrhoids have a stigma that isn’t deserved. Many believe they are painful and embarrassing, but that’s not always the case. It’s time to clear up the misconceptions and let you know the ins and outs of how to treat haemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins that develop inside or around your anus. Your anus is the opening where you pass stool from your rectum. Hemorrhoids cause swelling and inflamed tissue in and around the anus, making it painful to pass stool. Hemorrhoid symptoms include itching, irritation and bad smells, burning sensation during defecation, pain, and bleeding during defecation with swelling and discharge.
Hemorrhoids are a common condition for men of all ages, but they can be especially troublesome in older men. As men get older, the likelihood that they will develop hemorrhoids increases. The reason for this is not clear, but some doctors believe that it could be due to changes in the body that occur as we age. For example, some people may have difficulty forming bowel movements as they get older or may strain more while trying to pass them.
If you often have constipation and strain to pass stool, your risk of developing hemorrhoids is higher because straining can cause pressure in your rectal area. Also, if you are obese, your risk may be higher since extra weight puts more pressure on your abdomen and rectal veins. Other factors that may cause hemorrhoids include chronic diarrhoea, sitting on the toilet for long periods, and liver cirrhosis.
Symptoms of Hemorrhoids in Men
You might see bright red streaks on toilet paper or bright red blood in the toilet bowl after having a bowel movement. This can mean you have enlarged hemorrhoids that bleed when you pass stool.
You might also notice:
- Swelling and discomfort in your anal area.
- Bright red blood on your toilet paper after having a bowel movement.
- Itching and irritation around your anus.
- Painful lumps around your anus.
- Pain during bowel movements.
- A slimy discharge from your anus.
- Trouble emptying your bowels completely
Treatment of Hemorrhoids
Your healthcare provider will create a care plan for you based on:
- Your age, overall health, and past health
- How serious your case is
- Whether you have internal haemorrhoids, external haemorrhoids, or both
- How well you handle certain medicines, treatments, or therapies
- If your condition is expected to get worse
- What you would like to do
Treatment options for hemorrhoids include:
- Over-the-counter creams and ointments, suppositories, pads, or ointments – These may provide short-term local relief from discomfort and itching. They do not get rid of hemorrhoids. Sometimes they relieve pain if a blood clot has formed in a hemorrhoid. This is called a thrombosed external hemorrhoid. If you have this problem, see your doctor right away. You may need to have it drained or removed.
- Sitting in warm water for 15 minutes after each bowel movement. This can ease the irritation of hemorrhoids.
- Using ice packs to relieve swelling or witch hazel to soothe the skin.
- Adding more high-fiber foods to your diet, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, can help soften your stool and make it easier to pass. This may reduce the pressure on the blood vessels in and around your anus and prevent hemorrhoids from getting worse or coming back.
- See a Doctor.
If your hemorrhoids are very painful or don’t respond to other treatments, see your doctor or a proctologist, a specialist who treats hemorrhoids. He may recommend surgery to remove the hemorrhoids. Surgery is usually only recommended if the condition is severe enough to interfere with your daily life and don’t respond to other treatments.
Several types of surgeries are used to remove or reduce internal and external hemorrhoids. These include:
1. Rubber band ligation
This procedure is often done on prolapsed hemorrhoids, internal hemorrhoids that can be seen or felt outside. Using a special tool, the doctor puts a tiny rubber band around hemorrhoid, which shuts off its blood supply almost instantly. The banded piece of hemorrhoid dies and is sloughed off during bowel movement. This procedure is generally painless and effective for most internal hemorrhoids.
The doctor injects a chemical solution into the hemorrhoid tissue to shrink it in this procedure.
3. Infrared coagulation (IRC)
This procedure uses infrared light to burn hemorrhoidal tissue. IRC is usually used for small- and medium-sized internal hemorrhoids.
This surgical removal of severe hemorrhoids is usually reserved for those who do not respond to other treatments because it’s painful and requires two to three weeks to recover.
5. Hemorrhoid stapling
Sometimes called stapled hemorrhoidopexy, this procedure uses a unique stapler to turn prolapsed tissue back into its normal position in the rectum to stop symptoms while.
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