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By GI Med Health
December 19, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Hemorrhoids  

According to statistics, about 50% of people over the age of 50 suffer from hemorrhoids. Developing when the anus has become inflamed, hemorrhoids are often the result of severe cases of diarrhea or constipation. Although this may be an uncomfortable topic to discuss, you should never be embarrassed about being proactive about your gastrointestinal health. Here at our office in Greenbelt, MD, Dr. Sushil Rattan makes gastrointestinal care as easy and convenient as possible—read on to learn how he can help your hemorrhoid issue.

What are Hemorrhoids?

Also known as "piles," these painful, veiny lumps develop around the anus when too much pressure becomes placed on the pelvis and rectum during a bowel movement. External hemorrhoids are noticeable because you can feel them bulging in this sensitive area. If you become aware of blood or mucus in your stool after a trip to the restroom, these are the signs of internal hemorrhoids. Straining these muscles during a bowel movement, labor, or sitting uncomfortably for a prolonged period also causes these painful benign lumps.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Itching
  • Blood in stool
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Swelling tissue around the anal opening

Hemorrhoids are a genetic condition, so if your parents or other family members have them, you may be at an increased risk of development.

How Does a Doctor Treat Them?

At GI Med Health, Dr. Sushil Rattan, MD, MRCP may recommend several ways to treat your hemorrhoids, depending on how chronic your condition is. Home remedies to avoid occasional flare-ups usually include getting more exercise, increasing your fiber intake, applying topical ointments, and taking sitz baths. During an appointment with our Greenbelt, MD, office, we can discuss additional treatments if your hemorrhoids do not go away on their own.

Need Care? Give Us a Call

If these signs and symptoms sound familiar, Dr. Sushil Rattan, MD, MRCP of GI Med Health in Greenbelt, MD, can help you find relief. To learn more about hemorrhoids or any of our other gastroenterology services, visit our website. For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call (301) 982-7900.

By GI Med Health
December 19, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Hemorrhoids  

Here at Gi Med Health in Greenbelt, MD, your gastroenterologists, Dr. Rattan and Dr. Mostaghim, see numerous patients who suffer from hemorrhoids. Bulging bundles of veins inside or protruding from the rectum and anus, hemorrhoids cause considerable discomfort. However, you can find relief.

How hemorrhoids happen

Hemorrhoids plague millions of Americans. In fact, Harvard Health reports that half of the adult population in the United States develops at least one bothersome hemorrhoid by the age of 50.

What conditions favor the development of these itchy, painful veins? The three most common factors are:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Constipation (and straining at stool)

Additionally, a low-fiber diet, heavy lifting, and sitting on hard surfaces for extended periods of time contribute to hemorrhoids.

The symptoms vary in intensity and frequency. However, most people report itching, bleeding, mucus production, irritable bowel movements, and pain—so much so that it can be hard to even sit or sleep flat in bed.

What to do about hemorrhoids

Whether you have one or multiple hemorrhoids, you can experience relief. Here at GI Med Health in Greenbelt, MD, hemorrhoid treatment begins with a review of symptoms, visual inspection, and a simple digital rectal examination. Sometimes, the gastroenterologist may wish to examine the GI tract above the hemorrhoids with a flexible sigmoidoscope or with colonoscopy to rule out more serious problems.

With sufficient information, Dr. Rattan or Dr. Mostaghim formulates a treatment plan to heal hemorrhoids and help prevent their recurrence. Many simple interventions work extremely well. Your care plan could include:

  • Warm sitz baths and over-the-counter medications (creams or ointments such as Preparation H to shrink the hemorrhoids and prevent further inflammation)
  • Steroidal suppositories
  • Adding fiber to your diet
  • Going to the bathroom right away if you need to move your bowels
  • Limiting strenuous lifting and other exercises that may irritate your hemorrhoids
  • In-office tying, or ligation, of swollen hemorrhoids with rubber bands
  • Surgical hemorrhoidectomy or stapling

Find out more

Hemorrhoids can cause tremendous pain, discomfort, and inconvenience, but fortunately, they can be managed. Get the help you need from Dr. Sushil Rattan and Dr. Radman Mostaghim at GI Med Health in Greenbelt, MD. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. For more information or to set an appointment, phone (301) 982-7900 today.

By GI Med Health
February 20, 2018
Category: Gastroenterology

Find out if the uncomfortable symptoms you are having are due to hemorrhoids and how your Greenbelt, MD gastroenterologist can help.

Do you notice pain or discomfort when passing bowel movements? Do you notice little specks of red blood when you wipe? While these are all issues that may feel a bit embarrassing to admit let alone talk about, these symptoms are often that of hemorrhoids, a common problem that isn’t serious. Find out more about hemorrhoids and when to see a GI doctor for help.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are inflamed or enlarged veins that develop either on the inside or outside of the rectum. There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal and external. If you have internal hemorrhoids then you may not even notice them. It’s external hemorrhoids that are the most common and can cause some minor but still unpleasant symptoms.

What are some symptoms of hemorrhoids?

If you have external hemorrhoids then you may notice discomfort during bowel movements. If they are really severe, you may have trouble sitting down without experiencing pain. Itching is also a common symptom associated with this condition. Luckily, hemorrhoids can easily be treated!

How are hemorrhoids treated? Should I see your Greenbelt, MD gastroenterologist?

In many cases, hemorrhoids don’t need any special treatment, and they can often just heal on their own. Of course, there are ways to manage your symptoms to make going to the bathroom a little easier. One at-home measure you can take is to soak in a sitz bath for about 10 minutes daily. The warm water can provide some welcomed relief from pain and itching.

Be gentle when wiping after bowel movements. Aggressive cleaning will end up having the opposite effect and can aggravate hemorrhoids. If you are dealing with swelling or discomfort that isn’t relieved with a sitz bath you can also try a cold compress to the area or take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

If you aren’t experiencing relief from your at-home care after about one week, it’s a good idea to talk to a gastroenterologist who can determine whether you may need more aggressive treatment like a rubber band ligation procedure.

If your symptoms aren’t going away then it’s time to give your Greenbelt, MD gastroenterologist a call and see what we can do for you. GI problems happen to everyone, at some point or another. Just know we are here to help whenever you need it most.



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