Hemorrhoids, in general, are not a very serious condition, but you still make an appointment with your doctor so that he can properly evaluate your condition. In fact, if this is your first time experiencing hemorrhoid symptoms such as burning, swelling, anal pain or bleeding and you haven’t been previously diagnosed with hemorrhoids it’s absolutely essential to get examined by a hemorrhoid doctor. The main reason for this is because other colon diseases such as colon cancer may also cause bleeding or pain which may seem to be only related to hemorrhoids, so these more serious health concerns need to be eliminated.
Hopefully, you already have a good working relationship with your family physician at this time. One of the first things that you need to do is to tell him exactly what you are going through. Most people are embarrassed by this condition, but you are not the only one with this embarrassing condition. Trust me when I say your doctor has seen and heard it all before, in fact, he’s probably had this conversation with dozens if not hundreds of other patients. I know this isn’t a conversation that most people look forward to, but the sooner you get diagnosed, the sooner you can get on the path to hemorrhoid relief.
Once your doctor determines that your symptoms are indeed related to hemorrhoids there are several excellent treatment options available. For minor hemorrhoids, usually over the counter medication are enough to reduce swelling and minimize symptoms while more advanced conditions may require prescription strength medication or even surgery in the worst cases. More likely than not, your doctor will also recommend improving your diet with more fiber, this is good for all grades of hemorrhoids. Fiber is both a preventative measure as well as a potential treatment, it helps to reduce straining which is the leading risk factor for hemorrhoids, plus it helps to soften stools which is gentler on already existing hemorrhoids.