The Signs & Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoid treatment One of the most uncomfortable conditions someone can face is hemorrhoids. One of the most common gastrointestinal issues in the United States, hemorrhoids occur in the lower part of the anus and rectum and can be caused by numerous different issues. Fortunately, there are many hemorrhoid treatments that may be right for you. Here are the signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids.

Causes of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are often painful and uncomfortable and can cause discomfort when sitting. Hemorrhoids develop as a result of issues such as pregnancy, aging, and diet. Some of the most common causes of hemorrhoids are the following:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting
  • Chronic constipation
  • Diarrhea

Sitting for too long and chronic constipation go hand in hand as being constipated can leave you seated on the toilet for long periods of time. Straining can put additional pressure on the walls of the blood vessels which can result in hemorrhoids.

Signs & Symptoms

There are a few signs and symptoms that may be an indication of hemorrhoids. Some common signs and symptoms include discomfort, pain, and soreness in the rectum area. This can typically be felt when you sit down. Other symptoms include lumps and swelling in the same area, which can also be felt as soon as you sit down. Itching and irritation may also be an indication of hemorrhoids.

Treatment Options

If you are experiencing hemorrhoids or symptoms of hemorrhoids, there are fortunately a few treatment options that may work for you and provide relief. Topical creams and ointments work to reduce itching, discomfort, irritation, and swelling. Adding fiber to your diet can also help with constipation and lead to reduced straining when using the restroom. Another effective treatment option includes over-the-counter medications.

Give Us a Call Today

At the Vascular Institute of Virginia, with three convenient locations in Virginia, we are dedicated to helping you reclaim your best life and achieve a life of comfort and happiness. Our team of healthcare professionals strives to provide you with the best care, service, and results possible. If you’re interested in hemorrhoid treatment, give us a call at 888-522-3482 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit us at for more information.

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