Hemorrhoid Treatment in Chattanooga, TN
Hemorrhoids are enlarged bulging blood vessels in and about the anus and lower rectum. There are two types: internal and external, which refer to their location. External (outside) hemorrhoids are near the anus and covered by very sensitive skin. Painful swelling may occur if a blood clot develops in one of them. They feel like a hard, sensitive lump. Bleeding occurs only if it ruptures. Internal (inside) hemorrhoids develop within the anus beneath the lining. Painless bleeding and protrusion during bowel movements are the most common symptom.
Contributing factors to the development of hemorrhoids are aging, chronic constipation or diarrhea, pregnancy, heredity, straining during bowel movements, spending long periods of time (e.g., reading) on the toilet, and faulty bowel function due to overuse of laxatives or enemas. You could have hemorrhoids if you have bleeding during bowel movements, rectal swelling, difficulty cleaning after a bowel movement, rectal seepage or leakage, a feeling of protrusion during bowel movements, itching in the anal area, or rectal pain or sensitive lump(s). The symptoms of hemorrhoids, particularly bleeding, are similar to those of colorectal cancer and other diseases of the digestive system. There are several different treatments of hemorrhoids, including conservative treatments, office-based treatments and outpatient surgical treatments.