Hemorrhoids can be an embarrassing problem. If you are struggling with hemorrhoids, you might be reluctant to seek medical help. While hemorrhoids are a common condition and many people find relief using over-the-counter products, others will need to see a doctor for proper treatment. Keep reading to learn when to seek professional help for your hemorrhoid problem.
When Over-The-Counter Creams Aren’t Enough
Even though hemorrhoids can be extremely painful, they are a common condition. Because of this, it’s easy to find hemorrhoid products at the pharmacy or supermarket. These products can be very helpful for those with mild hemorrhoids. However, if these products do not bring you relief, you may need medical care. Call your doctor if your symptoms don’t improve within one week of trying these over-the-counter remedies.
If You Experience Rectal Bleeding or Bowel Changes
If you notice bright red blood in the toilet or on your toilet paper after a bowel movement, you should see a medical professional immediately. However, you should also know that not all blood shows up as a dramatic bright red. If you notice that your stool is dark red or maroon in color, or if it has a sticky or tarry consistency, it could be a sign of deeper bleeding inside the rectum. Any sign of bleeding due to hemorrhoids is a good reason to call your doctor.
At the Gastroenterology Diagnostic Center, we help people struggling with many different types of GI conditions. For compassionate care and pain relief, call us at 281-357-1977.