Health & Medical Hemorrhoids

Diagnosing Hemorrhoids

The symptoms of hemorrhoids are easy to recognize.
They include itching around the anus, blood on tissue paper or on stools, blood in the toilet after a bowel movement, and pain and discomfort around the anal area.
Once you think you have hemorrhoids, you start thinking about the best hemorrhoid treatment options available, but not so fast, there are some important steps to take before you just start treating symptoms.
  The best course of action to take if you are suffering from any of the above symptoms is to see a doctor.
Yes, the most likely cause is hemorrhoids but a trip to the doctor is necessary, he will need to do a more in depth exam to rule out any potentially more dangerous conditions.
Your doctor will do a basic visual exam and then, if warranted, maybe a colonoscopy or a sigmoidoscopy.
A colonoscopy is when the whole bowel is looked at with a tiny camera to check for any irregularities and a sigmoidoscopy is when only the last couple of feet are examined.
In addition to diagnosing hemorrhoids, a colonoscopy should be conducted as part of your regular health screening process.
If your family has a history of colon cancer then you should be initially screened at age 40 and then once every five to ten years if the test was negative.
For people with no history of colon cancer, screening should start at age 50 and then again every five to ten years if the test is negative.
I know it seems unreasonable to go to the doctor or get a colonoscopy just to diagnose hemorrhoids but the reason it is so important is to rule out the possibility of a more serious condition that has the same symptoms as hemorrhoids.
These conditions include colon cancer, tears and infections in the anal area, and rectal cancer.

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