For many, hemorrhoids can be an embarrassing subject to discuss. While they may not be a common topic of discussion, they are a common occurrence. They are so common that the store shelves are lined with over-the-counter treatments. Unfortunately, not all hemorrhoids respond to over-the-counter treatments.
If you experience hemorrhoids, you may find yourself wondering, “When do I need to see a doctor for hemorrhoidal treatment?” Well, wonder no more! Here, the team at Piedmont Colorectal Associates discusses when it’s necessary to see a doctor for hemorrhoidal treatment.
What Are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen and irritated veins that can develop either around the anus or in the walls of the rectum. Hemorrhoids around the anus are external hemorrhoids and hemorrhoids in the rectum are internal hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoid symptoms often go away on their own. However, the following signs indicate that it is necessary to see a doctor for hemorrhoidal treatment:
You’ve Tried Over-the-Counter Remedies
As discussed above, over-the-counter remedies are a common treatment option for hemorrhoids. However, if you have tried over-the-counter remedies for a week or longer and they have not resolved the issue, then it may be time to see a doctor.
You’re Experiencing Rectal Bleeding
If you have hemorrhoids and notice blood in your stool, on your toilet paper or in the toilet, then it is time to see a doctor. Rectal bleeding may be especially noticeable during bowel movements. While rectal bleeding can be associated with hemorrhoids, it can also be a sign of a more serious health problem.
Persistent Pain, Discomfort or Itching
Hemorrhoids can cause pain, discomfort and itching. However, all of this should resolve on its own. If the pain, discomfort or itching persists for longer than a week then it is time to see a doctor.
You Notice a Bulge Around the Anus
A bulging of the tissue from the anus can result when a hemorrhoid falls outside the anus. It can also be a sign of a more serious medical condition.
You’re Not Sure What Is Causing Your Issues
If you are unsure of whether hemorrhoids are causing your issues, then you should see a doctor. Issues with your rectum or anus can indicate that there is a more serious problem than hemorrhoids. The only way to know if hemorrhoids are causing your issues is to get examined by a doctor.
Contact Piedmont Colorectal Associates Today
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, then it’s time to see the team at Piedmont Colorectal Associates for hemorrhoidal treatment. Please call or email us to set up a consultation.