Internal Hemorrhoids And Methods To Treat Them
About internal hemorrhoids
This article will effectively answer your questions regarding internal hemorrhoids and their causes. You may be wondering, what is an internal hemorrhoid? Why do I have internal hemorrhoids? What can I do to treat my internal hemroids? Don’t worry—internal hemorrhoids are not a serious condition (but you’ll always want to consult with a doctor before you self-diagnose yourself.
How to find out if you have internal hemroids
You’ll want to get to know the hemorrhoid symptoms of internal hemroids, or even view hemorrhoid pictures to get an idea of what they actually are. Read on to get a brief overview of why this condition afflicts so many people across the globe. You’re not alone—internal hemroids happen to nearly half the world’s population!
Internal hemorrhoids are contained on the anal walls within the interior of the rectum and anus. The anus is an opening on your posterior that leads approximately two inches up to the actual anal canal. After that point, it leads into the rectum area, a cavity that can size to about 5 inches long and 1 ½ inches wide. Finally, the rectum ends at the opening to the colon. The rectum stores feces until it is ready to be passed as a bowel movement. So, how do internal hemroids fit into the physical anatomy? Internal hemorrhoids will generally develop within the passageway of the anus. In some cases, they can be found at the area where the anal canal meets the rectum.
Unlike their counterpart referred to as external hemorrhoids, internal hemroids cannot be felt or seen due because of their location within the interior of the body. Internal anal tissues fortunately lack pain-sensitive nerves, so more than likely, you will not feel pain but rather you’ll feel a general vague feeling of discomfort, if anything. A common indication that you could be afflicted with internal hemorrhoids is the sensation of needing to “go” after already taking a bowel movement. Most people feel a bit lighter and empty after passing a stool, but if you feel full or still have the urge to go, you could be suffering from internal hemroids.
The internal hemroids can be injured due to straining, constipation, or passing an actual hard stool. In this case, you may notice blood spill on toilet paper through wiping. Or, you may spot blood in the toilet bowl. You may want to research bleeding hemorrhoids if you have experienced these symptoms.
Internal hemroids can grow to the point that they move to the outside of the anal region to actual appear on the outside of the body. If this is the case, you might see pink bumps on the anus that turn into a darker shade of pink as they spread out. These bumps feel like pea-sized, damp tissue.
In some cases, the internal hemorrhoids that have moved to the outside of the body can move back into the rectum on their own. Or, you can carefully move them back into their original position by using a gloved finger. However, be aware that pain can intensify if you attempt to move your internal hemorrhoids back into its original position.
Internal hemorrhoids diagnosis
You’ll want to visit your doctor to be sure you are suffering from internal hemorrhoids. Because of the location of internal hemroids, your doctor will conduct a rectal examination using a rubber-gloved finger or sometimes a scope. Of course, the exam is not pleasant, and can be rather embarrassing. Even after testing, a doctor may even be inconclusive as to your case. However, in the event the internal hemorrhoid moves to the outside of your body, your physician will be able to diagnose your condition more readily.
Internal hemorrhoids treatment
Luckily, there are many hemorrhoid remedies and methods to help alleviate your condition. Read on to find out more.
- Rubber Band Ligation is a procedure that places a rubber band around the base of an internal hemorrhoid. The rubber band will cut off blood circulation to hemroids, which causes it to shrink and eventually wither away. It may be a painful procedure, especially if you have prolapsed internal hemorrhoids.
- Sclerotherapy is a common procedure that injects a chemical solution into the hemorrhoidal tissue which helps reduce the overall size and pressure.
- Infrared Photocoagulation uses an infrared light source to help burn off internal hemorrhoids. This procedure is usually done over a period of treatments.
- Hemorrhoidectomy is a surgical procedure used on both internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids. Surgery is a “last resort” treatment. Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor may recommend an overnight hospital stay. You can expect pain and discomfort; however, new techniques are being developed to make recovery easier.
Other procedures that help remove internal hemorrhoids include laser, electrical current or liquid nitrogen to help shrink or destroy internal hemorrhoid tissue.
New treatments for internal hemroids
We’re always on the lookout for the best internal hemorrhoids treatments. Recently, we received an overwhelming consumer response to HemCare, a non-surgical approach that uses safe, herbal extracts to permanently cure hemroids. HemCare is effective in healing tissue damaged by internal hemroids. And, consumer reports indicate that HemCare also provides instant relief from pain and discomfort.