We have all seen the commercials and maybe even chuckled at the image of person struggling to sit comfortably, it seems funny…until it’s you that is suffering.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are dilated and weakened veins in the rectum. They are caused by increased pressure and straining during elimination. They can also be caused by the pressure of a growing baby during pregnancy (note- pregnancy related hemorrhoids usually go away shortly after birth).  Once hemorrhoids are present the continued passage of dry, hard stool irritates the vein and can result in bleeding. Any bleeding from the rectum should be checked by your physician at the SoCal Gastro Group.

What is the treatment for hemorrhoids?

With the exception of pregnancy, constipation is usually the key factor in developing this painful issue. The best way to avoid constipation and the resulting complications is to eat a high fiber diet and drink plenty of water throughout your day. Daily recommendations for fiber intake is currently 30 – 40 grams per day. If you are not eating the right amount of fiber, add it gradually or you might experience gas and diarrhea.

It is important that hemorrhoids be diagnosed by a physician, don’t assume that any visible blood in the stool is hemorrhoids. Your physician will lay out a treatment plan that will get you back on track!

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