Hemorrhoids in Utah

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Hemorrhoids (also called piles) are a common GI condition that occur when the veins around the anus become inflamed. This usually happens as a result of the vein walls becoming so thin that the blood vessels begin to swell. Piles can occur internally (within the rectum) or externally (on the anus).

Hemorrhoids are quite common. In fact, approximately three out of four adults will have piles at some time or another. In some cases, a blood clot will develop within a hemorrhoid (called a thrombosed hemorrhoid), possibly leading to further discomfort or pain. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Utah Gastroenterology are experts in working to resolve this common complication as well as other gastrointestinal (GI) concerns. To locate treatment for hemorrhoids in Utah, please reach out to one of our offices as soon as possible.

There are many factors that can put you at risk of developing a hemorrhoid. Some of these include:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic constipation
  • Aging
  • Excessive strain when performing a physical activity (such as lifting weights)
  • Genetic history of hemorrhoids
  • Excessive strain during bowel movements
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time
  • Obesity

Hemorrhoids can present with a range of symptoms. Your symptoms will depend on the specific area where the hemorrhoid forms, but they often include:

  • Purple, pink, or blue raised lesions that protrude near the anus
  • Bright red blood in the stool
  • Pain during the passing of stool
  • Itching around the anus
  • Discomfort around the anus while conducting physical activities
  • Discomfort and/or inflammation surrounding the anus

In minor cases, hemorrhoids might resolve on their own inside the span of one week. Your Utah Gastroenterology provider may choose to prescribe medications or recommend at-home remedies to alleviate the bothersome symptoms of hemorrhoids. When larger hemorrhoids occur, however, medical assistance is available in Utah and may be needed to excise or treat the hemorrhoid. Common hemorrhoid treatment includes:

  • Ligation using rubber bands
  • Draining of a clot (thrombosis)
  • Applying topical cream
  • Coagulation
  • Stapling
  • Sclerotherapy
  • A diet high in fiber
  • Ice packs for reduction of anal swelling
  • Surgery
  • Tub baths multiple times a day in warm water
  • Avoiding the use of dry toilet paper
  • Good hygiene, specifically in the anal region
  • Treatment of constipation or the primary cause of the hemorrhoids
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While hemorrhoids usually don't present a significant threat to your health, they can certainly be irritating, disturbing the comfort and quality of your life. If you find yourself in need of assistance with treatment for hemorrhoids in Utah, our doctors have the experience to help. We encourage you to contact Utah Gastroenterology to schedule a consultation with a gastroenterology provider.

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