Hemorrhoids Specialist

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Coleman Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Sterling, VA

Many people just deal with hemorrhoids on their own, but fortunately, there are effective medical solutions available if you’re suffering from the discomfort of hemorrhoids. At Coleman Primary Care in Sterling, Virginia, internal medicine physician Linda Coleman, MD, has many years of experience treating hemorrhoids. Dr. Coleman and her team also provide useful information on preventing hemorrhoids in the future and comprehensive evaluations to gain a clear picture of your digestive health. Take the steps to improve your health by scheduling an appointment online or by phone today.

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, or piles, are a fairly common occurrence where you have swollen veins in your lower rectum or anus that are similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoids can develop inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or underneath the skin around the anus (external hemorrhoids).

Some people don’t have any symptoms with hemorrhoids and others experience itching, bleeding, and discomfort. In some cases, a clot can turn into a hemorrhoid — a painful condition called thrombosed hemorrhoid.

With hemorrhoids, you might experience:

  • Discomfort or pain
  • Irritation or itching in the anal region
  • Swelling around the anus
  • A lump near the anus that might be painful or sensitive

You might also have painless bleeding during your bowel movements.

If you have concerns about any part of your digestive health, you should visit Coleman Primary Care for an evaluation, testing, and treatment.

What causes hemorrhoids?

There are various causes of hemorrhoids, but the most common cause is heavy lifting and straining during bowel movements. Pressure on the affected veins from pregnancy can also cause hemorrhoids.

The veins around the anus can stretch or swell under pressure, and also due to:

  • Obesity
  • Anal intercourse
  • Long periods of time sitting on the toilet
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Low-fiber diet

Hemorrhoids become more common with aging as well.

What are the treatments for hemorrhoids?

Your provider at Coleman Primary Care usually conducts a physical examination and performs a range of tests to evaluate your digestive health and rule out more serious conditions.

To treat hemorrhoids, they might recommend eating high-fiber foods, soaking regularly in a warm bath, using certain topical treatments, and ensuring adequate hygiene.

The team provides effective medications for hemorrhoids and can also teach you valuable ways to improve your lifestyle and general health to try to prevent more hemorrhoids from occurring in the future. They provide referrals when necessary and help you decide the right treatment for your hemorrhoids as effectively and efficiently as possible.

You don’t just have to accept living with hemorrhoids and the discomfort that often comes with them. For high-caliber health care to get rid of your hemorrhoids and improve your general wellness, call Coleman Primary Care or book an appointment online today.