Bleeding Hemorrhoids Information

bhbhbhbhbhbWhat Are Hemorrhoids?

Before we can discuss bleeding hemorrhoids, let’s first learn what hemorrhoids are.

In short, hemorrhoids are veins in the anal canal that become swollen.

To help with controlling bowel movements, the tissue inside the anus fills with blood. Often if there’s straining involved to move stool, the increase in pressure may cause the veins in the tissue to become swollen and to stretch.

When this happens it can lead to hemorrhoids. When the veins swell on the inside of the anal canal, the result is internal hemorrhoids. When the veins swell on the outer opening of the anus, they’re called, external hemorrhoids. It’s possible to have both internal and external hemorrhoids at once.

Once hemorrhoids occur, it’s also possible that they may become bleeding hemorrhoids.

What are bleeding hemroids?

Hemorrhoids bleeding is actually a common occurrence. For signs and symptoms of bleeding hemorrhoids, please see our bleeding hemorrhoids symptoms section.

While some hemorrhoids clear up on their own, there are other types that may become more serious. While it’s rare, some hemorrhoids may even need emergency surgery. These hemorrhiods are called strangulated hemorrhoids.

Bleeding internal hemorrhoids should be evaluated by a physician. Rectal bleeding can be a sign of very serious conditions so it’s important to be sure what the source of the bleeding is.

Also, once diagnosed, it’s sometimes necessary to involve medical intervention to stop bleeding hemorrhoids.  There are several types of  medical bleeding hemorrhoids treatment and your doctor will help you decide which one is best for your situation.

Usually, if you’re under the age of 50 and the bleeding is minimal and only occurs during bowel movements (bright red blood spotting on toilet paper) it’s okay to wait a week and attempt some home treatments before seeing your doctor. Our bleeding hemorrhoid treatment section will give you some of the more common at home treatments.

Again, only do this if you’re fairly positive the blood is being released from hemorrhoids.

If you’ve attempted some of the at-home bleeding hemorrhoids treatment options available and even if you are sure the source of bleeding is from hemorrhoids, if a week has passed and the bleeding has not subsided, please check with your physician. It may be necessary to have the hemorrhoids checked and graded and to get medical advice so that you can begin recommended bleeding hemorrhoid treatment.

Once the hemorrhoids have been repaired, and since lifestyle and some habits may have an effect on hemorrhoids, it’s important to try to make the changes that may help your prevent further problems. For advice on how to prevent hemorroids please read here for hemorrhoid prevention tips.

Treatment for Bleeding Hemorrhoids

pppppppppppppppppppppppppThe treatment for bleeding hemorrhoids should first begin with a firm diagnosis. Because rectal bleeding can be a sign of some very serious conditions that require medical attention. For this reason, please be sure the source of rectal bleeding is indeed from bleeding hemorrhoids. Once you are sure of the source of rectal bleeding, your doctor will advise a plan of treatment for bleeding hemorrhoids or, if you are sure the bleeding is from this condition, then you can begin your own at home treatment plan.

For pain, it’s best to avoid aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications as they can cause more bleeding from the hemorrhoids. Instead, choose acetaminophen tablets such as Tylenol. Normally, small internal bleeding hemorrhoids treatment will only require over the counter pain relievers and a change in diet and bathroom habits.

For constipation, it is important to eat more fiber and drink plenty of water. Constipation and straining to have a bowel movement is usually the cause of bleeding hemorrhoids. Treatment plans must include a change in diet to help prevent a reoccurrence of  hemorrhoids. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water and avoid alcohol as it can cause dehydration.

Again, in order for treatment for bleeding hemorrhoids to be effective it’s important to prevent them from returning by keeping a healthy lifestyle and avoid straining when passing stool. Don’t sit too long. Get up and get a little exercise. Drink water and try again later. Don’t hold it in too long either because that can cause straining later.

For swelling, itching and other discomfort, try daily sitz baths at least 3 times daily.  A sitz bath is a hot (not too hot) soaking bath in which the water is filled only high enough to cover the affected area. Soaking for 15 minutes up to several times each day will keep the area clean, promote healing and ease discomfort.

To make the sitz bath part of your treatment for bleeding hemorrhoids easier and quicker, purchase an inexpensive (usually anywhere from $10-$20) plastic sitz bath basin. These can be purchased online or in your local pharmacy. They’re made to fit into the seat on the toilet to make soaking easy and to save on water because filling a large bathtub with 3-4 inches of water several times a day can take a lot of time and use a lot of water. These sitz bath tubs are quick and easy to fill and empty and rinse clean for the next soaking session.

Many physicians suggest adding salt to the sitz bath or baking soda. Please check with your doctor before adding ingredients to your sitz bath. There are also over the counter hemorrhoid creams for external bleeding hemorrhoids treatment. Please follow directions carefully.

Often the treatment for bleeding hemorrhoids at home has a successful outcome however, if after one week, symptoms are not improving, please contact your doctor.  Also, if an internal bleeding hemorrhoid swells and bulges through the anus and becomes extremely painful, this could be a strangulated hemorrhoid. Strangulated hemorrhoids are a very serious condition and require urgent medical attention.

While there are a few medical procedures your doctor may discuss with you, normally the first stages of treatment for bleeding hemorrhoids begins with a combination of diet and lifestyle change along with some over the counter medications and relaxing, healing sitz baths.