Causes of Haemorrhoids
Haemorrhoids, sometimes called piles, are swollen veins in your anus and rectum. Common symptoms of hemorrhoids can include pain, itching, and rectal bleeding. They can develop inside or outside of the anus and rectum, called internal and external hemorrhoids, respectively. Haemorrhoids can develop from increased pressure in the lower rectum due to:
- Straining during bowel movements.
- Sitting for long periods of time on the toilet.
- Chronic diarrhea or constipation.
- Low-fiber diet.
Non- Surgical Treatment for Haemorrhoids
Haemorrhoids often go away after a few days without any special treatment. In many cases Mr Karametos will recommend measures to relieve constipation, if it’s present. This can involve:
- eating more fibre
- drinking plenty of water every day
- warm baths, cold compresses for pain relief
- taking a mild laxative to soften your bowel movements
- avoiding medicines (such as codeine) that can cause constipation
- going to the toilet as soon as possible when you feel the urge
Treatment for haemorrhoids depends on your specific circumstances. If, for example, you are pregnant, they should settle after you have given birth, so you will probably not need any treatment other than symptom control. If the condition is more severe or is recurring, you may eventually need surgery.
If these steps do not work for you, or if a hemorrhoid has prolapsed (protruded), you may need a procedure. Mr Karametos specialises in minimally invasive haemorrhoid surgery such as the HALO Procedure, haemorrhoidectomy and rubber Band Ligation.
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