Q: I’ve been very active in the yard and have recently noticed rectal burning, itching, and bleeding that I didn’t have before. Could my weekend-warrior behavior have caused a hemorrhoid?
It’s possible. Hemorrhoids are derived from anatomical structures called anal cushions—like small balloons—embedded within the wall of the anal canal. When abdominal pressure is increased—from lifting, squatting, or pushing—these cushions instantly fill with blood to form a hydraulic seal to help prevent leakage. If the anal cushions become stretched out or get irritated, they become hemorrhoids and can cause burning, itching, bleeding, or other troublesome symptoms.
You may also already have had an existing hemorrhoid that became more pronounced when the pressure of squatting to pick up debris was introduced.
The reality is there isn’t much you could have done to prevent what’s happened, but you don’t have to suffer. Addressing the problem now rather than later can keep it from getting worse.
Among the nonsurgical treatment options I offer is Infrared Coagulation. It’s quick, painless, there is no anesthesia or downtime, and the cost is covered by insurance.
With Infrared Coagulation, a high-intensity infrared light is directed at the base of the hemorrhoid, which shuts down some of the blood flow to the tissue. As a result, symptoms improve, inflammation subsides, and the hemorrhoid gradually shrinks.
First I’ll have you lay in a comfortable position to conduct a visual exam of the external area. Then, a small plastic tube is inserted to allow for an internal exam. Once the tube is in place, I’ll touch the tip of the coagulation probe to the base of the hemorrhoid. The entire procedure takes just 10-20 seconds. A brief sensation of warmth is all you’ll feel.
Most people report an improvement in symptoms as early as the day of treatment. If you need a touch-up treatment at any time, we can easily do that, too.
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