Hemorrhoids in Tulsa, OK

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Hemorrhoids are irritated veins near the lower rectum or anus. They usually occur when the vein walls in the rectum or anus become so thin that the veins protrude or bulge. Hemorrhoids can present internally (within the rectum) or externally (on the anus).

Hemorrhoids are quite common. In fact, approximately three out of four adults will deal with hemorrhoids. In some cases, a blood clot will develop inside a hemorrhoid (referred to as a thrombosed hemorrhoid) and can result in pain or discomfort. The board-certified gastroenterologists at any of the Adult Gastroenterology Associates locations in your community are experienced in treating this common condition. To receive care for hemorrhoids in Tulsa, OK, please request a consultation today.

Hemorrhoids can be caused by many different factors. Some of these factors include:

  • Genetic history of hemorrhoids
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Ongoing constipation
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time
  • The natural aging process
  • Excessive strain when performing a physical activity (such as weight lifting)
  • Obesity
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Being pregnant

Symptoms of hemorrhoids vary due to the area that is affected, but usually include:

  • Itching around the anus
  • Bright red blood in the stool
  • Discomfort during bowel movements
  • Pain near the anus while performing physical activities
  • Pink, blue, or purple bumps that protrude around the anus
  • Discomfort and/or inflammation near the anus

Sometimes, smaller hemorrhoids can heal on their own within a week or less. Your Adult Gastroenterology Associates gastroenterologist could choose to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs or recommend home remedies to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms. If a larger hemorrhoid occurs, medical treatment is available in Tulsa, OK and could be needed to remove or treat the hemorrhoid. Common hemorrhoid treatments include:

  • Application of topical cream
  • Draining of a clotted hemorrhoid (thrombosis)
  • Coagulation
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Avoidance of use of dry toilet paper
  • Ice packs for reduction of anal inflammation
  • Rubber band ligation
  • A diet high in fiber
  • Good hygiene, specifically in the anal region
  • Tub baths multiple times a day in warm water
  • Treating constipation or the primary cause of the hemorrhoids
  • Hemorrhoid stapling
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Hemorrhoids usually do not progress into serious health problems, but they can be uncomfortable and interfere with your day-to-day life. If you find yourself in need of hemorrhoid treatment in Tulsa, OK, our providers are ready to assist. We encourage you to reach out to your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location to request a consultation with a gastroenterology specialist.

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