What If At-Home Treatment Doesn't Work?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal canal. Of course, everyone has veins in this area, but when they become enlarged they can bleed, itch, and cause pain. Hemorrhoids can be located internally, externally, or sometimes both. While rarely a serious condition, hemorrhoids certainly cause a lot of discomfort and concern. I previously discussed treatments you can do at home to get relief. These treatments included hydration, fiber, sitz baths, moist wipes, ointments, creams, suppositories, and more. But what do you do when this does not solve the problem?
When Should I See My Doctor?
Again, before assuming that your condition is hemorrhoids, it is a good idea to see your doctor for an examination. After all, it is difficult to take a look for yourself. If there is any bleeding, severe pain occurs, or there is fecal incontinence (loss of bowel control) you should definitely see the doctor. A large amount of bleeding or the sudden onset of severe pain means you should see the doctor immediately.
What Does the Doctor Have to Offer?
A gastroenterologist that treats hemorrhoids or a proctologist (surgeon) has a lot to offer in the treatment of internal hemorrhoids. This can range from prescription medications to minor surgery to major surgery.