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Hemorrhoids

Samuel Cho, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

Samuel Cho, MD

Gastroenterologist located in Flushing, NY

Hemorrhoids are common, affecting nearly 75% of adults from time to time. These swollen, inflamed veins near your lower rectum or anus may cause unpleasant symptoms if left untreated. At his practice in Flushing, Queens, board-certified gastroenterologist Samuel Cho, MD, and his experienced team use simple treatments to eliminate hemorrhoids, so you can live symptom-free. Call the New York City, office today to learn more about hemorrhoid treatment, or schedule an appointment online.

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins similar to varicose veins and develop near your anus or rectum. They might occur from:

  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Pregnancy
  • Older age
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Chronic constipation
  • Sitting for long periods
  • Obesity
  • Anal intercourse
  • Heavy lifting
  • A low-fiber diet

Sometimes the cause of hemorrhoids isn’t always entirely clear.

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

If you experience the following signs and symptoms, you may have hemorrhoids:

  • Bleeding during bowel movements
  • Swelling near your anus
  • Anal itching or irritation
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Severe pain in some cases
  • Inflammation
  • A hard lump near your anus from a clot

If you have rectal bleeding, it could be a sign of a serious health condition, such as anal or colorectal cancer. That’s why seeing a doctor for symptoms that persist more than a few days is crucial to your overall health.

How are hemorrhoids treated?

To treat hemorrhoids, Dr. Cho reviews your medical history and symptoms and may complete a digital exam or visual inspection. 

If you have symptoms of digestive health problems or are at risk of colorectal cancer, he might suggest a colonoscopy. Your personalized hemorrhoid treatment plan may include:

At-home remedies

Dr. Cho might recommend increasing your fiber intake or taking warm baths. He may suggest over-the-counter pain relievers to ease hemorrhoid discomfort.

Topical medications

Hemorrhoids might go away within a week with at-home remedies, but if not, Dr. Cho may recommend topical ointments, creams, medicated pads, or suppositories to relieve pain and itching.

Minimally invasive surgery

If you have painful hemorrhoids or a blood clot, Dr. Cho might suggest minimally invasive surgery to shrink or get rid of hemorrhoids and ease pain. Dr. Cho works with you to determine which minimally invasive procedure is right for you.

Can I lower my risk of hemorrhoids?

There are several ways you can keep your stool soft and lower your risk of hemorrhoids. Examples include:

  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids
  • Consider fiber supplements
  • Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and other fiber-rich foods
  • Consume at least 20-30 grams of fiber daily
  • Don’t strain during bowel movements
  • Make a bowel movement when you feel the urge to go
  • Avoid long periods of sitting
  • Get regular exercise

Even if you take the proper precautions, hemorrhoids may still occur. Call Samuel Cho, MD, PC, if you have rectal pain or bleeding, or book an appointment online today.

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