Hemorrhoids Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL, South Elgin, IL & Lake In The Hills, IL

Hemorrhoids are probably not something you want to discuss on a regular basis, but it’s a common condition that affects 1 in 4 adults at least once during their lifetime. The board-certified gastroenterologists at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, are highly skilled at diagnosing and effectively treating hemorrhoids. They also provide an environment that makes it easy to discuss the pain, bleeding, and other sometimes embarrassing issues that develop with active hemorrhoids. Schedule a visit today. Call the office or book your appointment online.

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What are Hemorrhoids?

Often compared to varicose veins, hemorrhoids are swollen veins that appear in your anus and lower rectum. You could have one hemorrhoid or several. When they become irritated, hemorrhoids can cause pain and discomfort as well as rectal bleeding.

Several types of hemorrhoids are to be considered when identifying what’s causing your symptoms. These hemorrhoid types include:

  • Internal hemorrhoids (occur within your rectum)
  • External hemorrhoids (develop under the skin near the anal opening)
  • Thrombosed hemorrhoids (occurring when a blood clot develops in an external hemorrhoid)
  • Prolapsed hemorrhoids (develop when straining during bowel movements pushes an internal hemorrhoid outside the rectum)

Another type is a strangulated hemorrhoid, which occurs when the blood supply to an internal hemorrhoid is cut off. This can cause extreme pain.

What Causes Hemorrhoids?

It’s not always clear what causes hemorrhoids, but common factors that increase your risk include:

  • Straining with bowel movements
  • Sitting on the toilet for long periods
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic constipation
  • Frequent diarrhea
  • Routine heavy lifting
  • Low fiber diet

These activities and conditions put the veins in your rectum under extra pressure and increase the potential for excessive swelling and bulging that can lead to hemorrhoids.

What are the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoid symptoms depend on the size and nature of the bulging vein. An internal hemorrhoid, for instance, typically doesn’t cause significant pain but can cause excessive rectal bleeding when irritated. A strangulated or prolapsed internal hemorrhoid, however, can cause significant pain and often requires treatment to ease or eliminate the discomfort.

It’s always recommended that you see a physician for rectal bleeding since it can signal other serious issues besides hemorrhoids, including colon cancer.

Because of where they are, external hemorrhoids are often the most uncomfortable and can cause:

  • Severe pain, especially when the hemorrhoid forms a blood clot
  • Inflammation and swelling
  • A hard lump near your anus

The pain from hemorrhoids can make it difficult to sit, stand, or walk due to the friction and pressure these activities cause.

Don’t suffer silently with hemorrhoids. Schedule a visit to the Illinois Gastroenterology Group for an evaluation and treatment that relieves your symptoms, as well as tips on how to prevent future flare-ups. Call the office today or try the convenient online scheduling tool.