When Should I Call a Doctor to Treat My Hemorrhoids?
If you suffer from hemorrhoids, you’re not alone. Over 10 million Americans experience hemorrhoid symptoms on a daily basis. And while sometimes the symptoms are minor enough to be managed with home remedies you can pick up at any local drug store, it’s important to know when you need to call a doctor.
For the majority of hemorrhoid cases, using at-home treatments will only bring you relief for a short period of time while prolonging the problem. Talking to a doctor can put you on track toward the treatment that will relieve you of your painful, inflamed hemorrhoids for good. Plus, hemorrhoids can be a sign of more serious health issues, such as colon cancer or rectal cancer – so it’s important to get them checked out by a physician.
Contact a doctor to treat hemorrhoids if:
- You experience rectal bleeding, even when you’re not having a bowel movement.
- Rectal bleeding changes from bright to dark red.
- Stools become snake-like or about as narrow as a pencil.
- You experience bloating in the abdominal area along with diarrhea or constipation.
- Stools become black.
- You notice a lump at the anal opening that is not tender to the touch.
While at-home treatments typically only address the symptoms rather than the root cause of hemorrhoids, non-surgical hemorrhoid treatments like the CRH O’Regan System are quick, simple, and virtually pain-free. So even if you begin experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s easy to locate a CRH O’Regan partner physician near you who can put you on the fast track toward convenient, minimally invasive hemorrhoid relief.
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