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If you have painful hemorrhoids, you may be embarrassed to talk with your doctor about symptoms. But we’re here to help. You don’t have to suffer through the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids silently—there are treatments available to help you find relief.

What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that can form in the lower part of the anus and rectum. Some occur inside the rectum and are not visible from the outside, while others form externally under the skin around the anus.

Hemorrhoids result from increased pressure on the veins in the rectal and anal area, often due to straining during bowel movements, obesity or pregnancy. If left untreated, hemorrhoids can worsen, causing persistent discomfort, bleeding and prolapse. Severe cases may lead to complications such as thrombosis (blood clot formation), infection and anemia due to chronic bleeding.

Treating hemorrhoids early and making lifestyle changes are crucial to prevent complications associated with untreated hemorrhoids.

What are Hemorrhoid Symptoms?

Hemorrhoid symptoms typically include rectal bleeding during bowel movements, itching or irritation in the anal region, pain or discomfort and the presence of swollen, often tender lumps near the anus. Additionally, individuals with hemorrhoids may experience difficulty during bowel movements and a feeling of incomplete evacuation.

How are Hemorrhoids Diagnosed?

Your provider will diagnose your hemorrhoids by reviewing your medical history and completing a physical exam. Your doctor will ask about symptoms such as rectal bleeding, pain and discomfort. The physical examination involves visually inspecting the anal region and may include a digital rectal exam to assess the presence of swollen blood vessels. In some cases, your provider may recommend additional diagnostic procedures such as a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy to rule out other potential causes or to evaluate the extent of your hemorrhoids.

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Our Approach to Hemorrhoids

Inspira's commitment extends beyond the treatment room. We prioritize education, ensuring you leave with a comprehensive understanding of your condition and the tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Your well-being is our priority, and at Inspira, we strive to make your journey toward hemorrhoid relief as comfortable and effective as possible.

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