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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Arlington Heights, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

Hemorrhoids are a common condition, affecting 1 in 20 people in the United States. While the condition doesn’t always cause symptoms, the swollen veins can be irritating and painful. The gastroenterology experts at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, specialize in diagnosing and treating hemorrhoids and can provide care to ease or eliminate your symptoms. To get help for your hemorrhoids, call the office or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment today.

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids refer to swollen and inflamed veins that develop in and around your anus and rectum. Your hemorrhoids can be internal (inside the rectum and anal canal) or external (around the skin of your anus).

Excess pressure placed on the rectum causes hemorrhoids to develop. You could be at risk of developing hemorrhoids if you suffer from chronic constipation or diarrhea. Spending too much time sitting on the toilet and straining during a bowel movement can also increase your risk of hemorrhoids.

You can also be more likely to develop the condition during pregnancy or if you’re obese.

What are Hemorrhoid Symptoms?

Hemorrhoid symptoms depend on whether you have internal or external hemorrhoids.

  • Internal Hemorrhoids: Internal hemorrhoids don’t usually cause physical symptoms or pain. But the veins can bleed during a bowel movement, which shows up as bright red blood in the toilet bowl. The experienced team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group recommends you schedule an appointment anytime you see blood in your stool.
  • External Hemorrhoids: You’re more likely to develop physical symptoms if you have external hemorrhoids. With external hemorrhoids you can experience pain, itching, swelling, and bleeding after a bowel movement. In some cases, a blood clot can form in your external hemorrhoid, referred to as a thrombosed hemorrhoid. This type of hemorrhoid creates a hard, painful lump that can make it difficult for you to sit comfortably.

How are Hemorrhoids Treated?

The team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group develops individualized treatments for the management of your hemorrhoids depending on where they are and the severity of your symptoms. 

Initially, the team usually recommends at-home treatments like eating a high-fiber diet, taking warm baths, and maintaining good hygiene.

Your doctor at Illinois Gastroenterology Group might also suggest over-the-counter hemorrhoid medication like creams, pads, or ointments to help manage mild symptoms. In most cases, hemorrhoids get better on their own with these at-home treatments.

If your hemorrhoids don’t improve with at-home care, the team could recommend hemorrhoid banding or ligation. During this minimally invasive procedure, your doctor places rubber bands around your swollen vein to cut off its blood supply, which creates a scab that eventually falls off.

Hemorrhoids are common but treatable. For expert care from an experienced team, contact Illinois Gastroenterology Group by phone or online today.