Do you know that a hemorrhoid is a condition commonly experienced by many individuals during their middle to later years in life? Accumulated pressure and strain within the rectum and around the anus area over the past years may sometimes manifest itself in an unexpected manner. When pressure builds up on the veins, their tendency is to be inflamed and get swollen due to blood accumulation and poor circulation. If they get irritated due to scratching, pressure or even wearing tight-fitting clothes and underwear, they tend to swell including the membranes and surrounding tissues. These may cause frequent itches, burning sensation and irritable pain. When the mucous membrane surrounding the hemorrhoids break, this is when bleeding hemorrhoids are experienced. This may usually be seen as streaks of bright red blood on faeces or toilet paper after each bowel movement.
Don’t get too alarmed when you experience this particular episode, bleeding hemorrhoids is far from being a major health hazard. Internal hemorrhoids usually develop over time; starting with a slight formation over the dentate line, it produces swelling under the canal walls which may eventually spill over and protrude from the anal opening. Even though they are visibly distracting especially after removing bowels, they don’t generally have much pain accompanying it except for some bleeding. External hemorrhoids, on the other hand, may be seen as the fluffy and clump masses around the anal opening. Since they are exposed and prone to scratching and pressure, they sometimes get ruptured and results in bleeding.
The initial task is to control and stem the bleeding so immediate treatment may be necessary. There are many over-the-counter medications as well as natural remedies for the bleeding, itch and pain that have little or no side effects and can provide immediate relief. When it comes to the treatment of bleeding hemorrhoids, there are five techniques which are generally used depending on the situation and preference. Internal hemorrhoids may utilize rubber band ligation (cutting off the blood circulation by wrapping a small rubber band along the base of the hemorrhoid, causing it to dry and eventually fall off) or injection sclerotherapy (a chemical compound is introduced to shrink and close the affected vein). For external hemorrhoids the usual procedures are hemorrhoidectomy (surgical removal), laser coagulation (applying an electric current via a probe which produces a chemical reaction that stops blood flow and shrinkage on the swollen parts), and infrared photocoagulation (use of infrared light to dilate the vein).
Treatment of bleeding hemorrhoids is not that hard to cure. Refer the case immediately to your doctor for the best way of addressing the condition.