What is a Thrombosed Hemorrhoid
A Thrombosed Hemorrhoid is a hemorrhoid in which the vein has clotted.
They can occur on internal hemorrhoids, or external hemorrhoids. This means they can be inside of your canal, or on the exterior of your bottom.
They can be as small as a pea all the way to as big as a golf ball. One that big would be a very extreme case and if you are suffering from something similar see a doctor immediately.
What do they look like?
A thrombosed hemorrhoid may be purple, blue, red, or just be your natural skin color. They can turn different colors because of the nature of the blood clot.
They have a possibility of bleeding too. Despite the appearance of a thrombosed hemorrhoid, they are usually not serious and should go away within a week or so.
Treatments and Prevention
Many times a thrombosed hemorrhoid will go away on its own within 7 days. However, thrombosed hemorrhoids are very painful and can be tough to deal with for even that short amount of time.
There are many ways to help ease the pain. There are many over-the-counter creams and ointments that will help with inflammation and swelling.
These can be used in conjunction with a Sitz Bath. Some other ways to help with the pain include stool softeners, increased fluid intake, and applying ice to the affected area.
Over-the-counter pain killers can be taken as well to help with the pain.
If the thrombosed hemorrhoid does not go away after a week, it is time to see the doctor. While in most cases the problem resolves itself, there are cases where surgery is needed.
Surgery will typically get you quicker results, and studies have also showed that there is less recurrence after surgery. If you have a recurring problem, surgery might be helpful.
An excision of a thrombosed, external hemorrhoid can be done by an office based practitioner. Basically this means you don't have to go anywhere special or be put under.
It is a safe procedure and has shown low recurrence and low complication rates, accompanied with high levels of patient satisfaction.
The most common advice for prevention of hemorrhoids is to keep your stool soft so it passes easily, not strain when passing a stool, and to empty your bowels as soon as the urge occurs.
These three things can help you cut down on the risk of getting hemorrhoids. Some other advice is to drink plenty of fluids, and increase your dietary fiber. All of these things will help keep you regulated, and hopefully keep your
digestive system healthy