haemorrhoid symptoms

Haemorrhoids are a common condition that can cause discomfort and itching around the rectum. While they are not typically harmful, they can be frustrating to live with. They can also secrete mucous.

Some people may not experience any symptoms and their haemorrhoids may clear up by themselves. However, others may experience some degree of symptoms, and will require treatment.

So, how do you treat the symptoms of Haemorrhoids? Find out everything you need to know below.

What Haemorrhoid symptoms might you experience?

The symptoms you might experience will depend upon whether you have an internal or prolapsed haemorrhoid. Internal haemorrhoids don’t tend to cause pain and you often won’t even realise you have one. However, they can produce the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Itchy anus
  • A soft or firm lump that can be felt in the rectum
  • Discomfort or throbbing
  • Difficulty cleaning yourself after opening your bowels

If your haemorrhoid has prolapsed, you will clearly be able to see and feel it. These types of Haemorrhoids also tend to be the most uncomfortable. You can typically push them back in, though it is recommended you leave this to a professional.

Most Haemorrhoids won’t go away without treatment. There is also the chance they could reoccur. So, even if your Haemorrhoids aren’t causing any distressing symptoms, it is still a good idea to get them treated.

How to treat Haemorrhoid symptoms

The type of Haemorrhoid you have and the severity if the condition will determine the type of treatment you require.

If your Haemorrhoid is causing painless bleeding but it is only mild, non-invasive treatments may help. These include increasing the amount of soluble fibre in your diet, getting plenty of regular exercise, and avoid straining when using the toilet. If the bleeding doesn’t clear up, surgical intervention may be required, especially if it is related to Anaemia.

Rubber band Ligation can be an effective treatment for mild Haemorrhoids. It is an alternative to intensive surgery, though it does come with some very small risks. Many will, experience some level of discomfort after banding that usually lasts a few hours.

For those with a prolapsed Haemorrhoid with skin tags, an Excisional Haemorrhoidectomy is an effective treatment option. You may experience pain for a couple of weeks after the procedure, but medication can be prescribed to help.

There are a lot of other treatment options for patients. These vary on efficacy and recovery needed. Most will require a non-surgical treatment plan. However, it is important to talk over your treatment options with a specialist before deciding which one is right for you.

If you are suffering with Haemorrhoid symptoms, call us on 01926 492969 to book a consultation now to determine the best course of treatment.