External Hemorrhoids --
What Can You Do for
External hemorrhoids can cause a
lot of suffering, so if you have them -- you need
help. An external
hemorrhoid may be a hard lump caused by a blood clot
within a vein which is created when a swollen vein in the
area ruptures. It's very unpleasant to experience this
condition as it might bleed and itch. Think of it as
varicose vein outside the anus.
This area can become very irritated
When a blood clot becomes enlarged, you'll probably find
that walking becomes painful. You'll also have trouble going to
the restroom and even sitting. The skin around the anus is
extremely sensitive as well.
If you have external hemorrhoids, you're not alone
because a lot of other people suffer with them too.
There does seem to be a genetic basis when it comes to
developing hemorrhoids since this disorder seems to run in
families. But you can protect yourself to a certain extent by
having enough fiber in your diet and getting proper
If you have external hemorrhoids, your treatment
options are different than if you have internal ones.
You can try to see if the external hemorrhoids that have
blood clots in them will go away by themselves by being
absorbed by the body. If you take hot baths and use topical
treatments, that just may help. But many health experts feel
that it's best to remove the blood clots through surgery.
If you opt for surgery, your doctor may cut a small slit
over the clot and then squeeze out the contents. This is
quickly done by your doctor, but it might not work in all
cases. That's because the blood clots can return and even make
more blood clots. Or your doctor may choose to remove both the
blood clot itself as well as the hemorrhoid's blood vessels.
This may be a more permanent your but it is more involved
probably requiring stitches.
This surgery requires a period of time to
fully recuperate from the process and you need to be very
careful about what you eat and drink to avoid becoming
constipated. To heal properly and to avoid pain, you need to
make sure that you soften your stools while you are recovering
from surgery. To avoid future hemorrhoids, you need to make
sure that you avoid becoming constipated in the future as
If you suffer from external hemorrhoids, there is help
available. But it's best to avoid getting hemorrhoids in the
first place by drinking plenty of water, exercising, avoiding
prolonged sitting, and being sure to add enough fiber to your