Internal Hemorrhoids - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments For Internal Hemorrhoids
Internal Hemorrhoid Symptoms
Hemorrhoids can be easily detected without the need for a doctor, or hospital visit. Most common signs of an internal hemorrhoid is bright red blood within your stool. You can see this on the toilet paper or within the toilet bowl. Other symptoms could include slight anal discomfort and/or a feeling of feeling full or bloated.
Pain is not usually a common symptom at the beginning of the inflammation, but will be evident if the internal hemorrhoid becomes protruding on the outside of the anal cavity.
Internal Hemorrhoid Causes
Internal hemorrhoids are caused by increased pressure along the internal hemorrhoidal vein. Several factors can lead to internal hemorrhoids. These factors are most commonly associated with the causing of internal hemorrhoids
1. Straining during bowel movements.
2. Prolonged times of inactivity and sitting.
4. Chronic Constipation or Diarrhea
5. being overweight
6. Low Fiber/Low Liquid Diet
Internal Hemorrhoid Treatments
The most common cause of hemorrhoids is the straining due to a hard bowel movement. This creates tension and pressure within the anal cavity causing the veins to swell. It is highly recommended that people who suffer with hemorrhoids take an altered approach to their diet. By adding more fiber and liquids to your diet you ease the pressure, causing a release of the blood flow. Generally 20 to 30 grams per day of fiber will help soften your stool and make bowel movements looser and less strenuous.
Other non-surgical treatments are also available if the diet doesn't ease, or do away with the hemorrhoid. A treatment allied Sclerotherapy is one of the oldest forms of dealing with internal hemorrhoids. With a Sclerotherapy a liquid is injected into the base of the hemorrhoid causing it to harden and shrink.
Another form of non-surgical form of treatment associated with internal hemorrhoids is called rubber band ligation. The principle of this procedure is to encircle the base of the hemorrhoid with a small O-ring type rubber band which closes it off from any blood flow. After a few days the hemorrhoid shrivels up and falls off.
A recently recommended procedure, which can be done in the doctor's office, is infrared coagulation. This is basically a laser type procedure that heats the inflamed area with intense light causing the hemorrhoid to shrink and fall off. There is little, if any, side effects from this procedure and a day of light rest will help recovery.