While hemorrhoids are a pain, the good news is most do not require surgery and can be managed through other treatments, changes in diet, or at home remedies.
Surgery for hemorrhoids is usually only performed for severe cases, such as when home remedies aren’t working, emergencies (such as extreme bleeding), or when they become so bothersome or painful that they impact your lifestyle.
Hemorrhoids are a pain and one of the most common ailments we hear about. Millions of Americans currently suffer from hemorrhoids and more than half the population will develop them at some point in their life, usually after age 30.
Over the counter treatments can do a good job of treating symptoms of hemorrhoids, but don’t prevent the condition from recurring.
If you are experiencing pain or itching around your rectum or seeing blood in your stool you may be dealing with an anal fissure or hemorrhoids. While the two problems are different they do have something in common – neither is any fun. But understanding the difference between the two can help you treat them more effectively and get some relief.
What Are Anal Fissures?
Anal fissures are small tears in the lining of the anus which can cause pain, bleeding and itching. If the fissure spreads downward it can result in a swollen lump. They can be caused by hard, dry bowel movements, diarrhea or inflammation of the anorectal area. Fissures can cause pain during bowel movements that can sometimes last for hours.