Hemorrhoids are swollen veins. Each of us has veins around the anus that tend to stretch under pressure. One set of veins is inside the rectum (internal), and another is under the skin around the anus (external). Hemorrhoidal tissue is thought to be helpful in holding back stool at rest and in cushioning the sphincter muscles when we empty our bowels. When these veins swell and bulge, they are called “hemorrhoids” or “piles.” Swelling can be caused by straining to move your bowels, from sitting too long on the toilet or from other factors, such as pregnancy, obesity or liver disease.
The most common symptom of internal hemorrhoids is bright red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper or in the toilet bowl. Bleeding starts when the swollen veins are scratched or broken by straining or rubbing. This can be aggravated by medicines that thin the blood. An internal hemorrhoid may protrude through the anus outside the body, becoming irritated and painful. This is known as a protruding or prolapsed hemorrhoid.
Symptoms of external hemorrhoids may include painful swelling or a hard lump around the anus that results when a blood clot forms. This condition is known as a thrombosed external hemorrhoid. Irritation around the anus can cause bleeding and/or itching, which may produce a vicious cycle of symptoms. Draining mucus or stool residue may cause itching. The technical term for this itching is pruritus ani, and it can be caused by either excessive rubbing or cleaning around the anus or poor hygiene with residual stool around the anus.
If you would like to see one of our hemorrhoid doctors Palm Beach, please visit Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches. It’s a full-service gastroenterology practice specializing in diseases of the digestive tract and liver, including hemorrhoids.
At Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches, our digestive health doctors Palm Beach are the foremost experts in hemorrhoids, digestive wellness and gastrointestinal diseases. Our GI doctors utilize a wide range of digestive endoscopy techniques.
Formed in 2005, Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches has two convenient office locations in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, as well as hospital privileges at Good Samaritan, St. Mary’s and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Our gastroenterology center is fully certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
With over 80 years of combined experience, our digestive health specialists Palm Beach perform thousands of procedures each year. Our patients are in the hands of the most qualified and highly trained gastroenterologist in West Palm Beach.
Our center for gastroenterology is a doctor’s office, as well as an outpatient endoscopic facility, specializing in hemorrhoids, colon cancer screening and gastroenterology. We take pride in providing high-quality healthcare services in a warm and welcoming environment, where guests feel comfortable and secure. The stomach specialist North Palm Beach team appreciates the confidence and trust that you have placed in us.
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