What Are Hemorrhoids?
By Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Disease
August 23, 2017
Category: GI Issues
Tags: Hemorrhoids  

Hemorrhoids occur when the veins around the anus or lower rectum become swollen, which can cause pain, itching and discomfort. TheHemorrhoids experienced doctors at Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Disease are your gastroenterologists for the treatment of hemorrhoids in Bronx, NY.

Causes of Hemorrhoids

There are some conditions or situations that are associated with an increased risk of developing hemorrhoids. Straining during bowel movements can result in swollen veins around the anus or lower rectum. Chronic constipation, sitting for an extended length of time also increases the likelihood of developing hemorrhoids. During pregnancy, women are more susceptible to developing hemorrhoids.

Treatments for Hemorrhoids

There are several treatments for hemorrhoids. Although, they do sometimes resolve themselves on their own when left untreated. However, treating hemorrhoids is best to prevent them from getting worse. Additionally, many treatments can alleviate the itching, pain and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids. One treatment option is to undergo a medical procedure, such as rubber band ligation, to reduce the size of hemorrhoids. Another option is to have them completely removed. Such procedures are performed in the office by a gastroenterologist.

Aside from undergoing medical procedures, there are several hemorrhoid treatments that can be administered at home. Increasing your fiber intake can help by softening stools so there is less irritation during bowel movements. Soaking in a warm bath or applying a cold compress can alleviate discomfort by reducing swelling. Speak to your Bronx gastroenterologist about the hemorrhoid treatment options that are right for you.

For treatment of hemorrhoids in the Bronx area, schedule an appointment at Riverdale Gastroenterology & Liver Disease. Call (718) 543-3636 for the office on Riverdale Ave or (718) 548-7900 for the office on Broadway.

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