Hemorrhoids may be embarrassing, but they’re a common problem affecting at least 5% of adults in the United States. Though hemorrhoids don’t always cause symptoms and may resolve on their own, if your hemorrhoids are painful or bleeding, leading gastroenterologist Daniel Reich, MD, in Forest Hills, Queens, offers hemorrhoid treatment to alleviate your symptoms. For an evaluation, call the office in New York City, or click the online booking tool.
Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that develop in your anus or rectum. They are extremely common and affect nearly half of all adults over age 50.
Though it isn’t clear what causes the veins to swell, certain factors may lead to their development, such as:
Your risk of developing hemorrhoids also increases as you get older.
Hemorrhoid symptoms vary depending on the types of hemorrhoids you have. The types include:
External hemorrhoids are found on your anus and may cause itching and pain. Straining, diarrhea, and excess anal cleaning may worsen your symptoms. However, these types of hemorrhoids generally resolve on their own within a few days.
Internal hemorrhoids are generally found in the rectum. Though they don’t usually cause pain, you may experience rectal bleeding with internal hemorrhoids.
It’s possible for an internal hemorrhoid to fall through your anal opening, which is referred to as a prolapsed hemorrhoid. You can experience pain if you have a prolapsed hemorrhoid.
You should seek hemorrhoid treatment if your hemorrhoids fail to improve after a week of at-home care. You should also schedule an appointment with Dr. Reich anytime you’re experiencing rectal bleeding.
Though hemorrhoids are the most common cause of rectal bleeding, the symptoms may also indicate other gastrointestinal conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, or cancer.
Dr. Reich develops individualized treatment plans for the management of hemorrhoids based on the type of hemorrhoid you have and your symptoms.
If you haven’t already tried at-home treatment, he may suggest you try an over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream and make modifications to your lifestyle to minimize irritation of your hemorrhoid, such as:
If conservative measures fail to help your hemorrhoids, Dr. Reich may suggest a procedure to remove them, such as a rubber band ligation.
During this in-office procedure, Dr. Reich wraps a medical band around the base of your hemorrhoid to cut off the blood supply. Over time, the hemorrhoid dries up and falls off.
For the management of your hemorrhoids from an experienced gastroenterologist, call the office of Daniel Reich MD, or use the online booking button.