Internal Hemroids

Internal Hemorrhoids: Overview and Treatment

Overview of Internal Hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids, also called hemroids, are those hemorrhoids that form on the interior walls of the lower rectum and anal canal.  Because they are interior to the body, internal hemroids can be difficult to diagnose and treat.  More often than not, a doctor must confirm the presence of internal hemorrhoids, either by using a gloved finger to palpate the tissue, or by inserting a scopy into the anus and rectum to view them.

Symptoms of Internal Hemorrhoids

In their early stages, internal hemorrhoids present as small lumps in the tissue of the anal walls.  They can often itch, and the fact that they are internal and cannot be scratched can be very frustrating.

Internal hemorrhoids are not usually painful, unless they are left untreated and develop into larger, lumpier tissue.  Once that happens, they can become very painful and uncomfortable.  Again, since internal hemroids are not usually detectable to the human eye, it is easy to overlook symptoms to the point that the hemorrhoids grow larger.

The larger the internal hemroids get, the more likely they are to cause discomfort.  Larger internal hemroids can interfere with bowel movements, causing sufferers to feel like they have to pass stool again even when they have just completed a bowel movement.

Larger internal hemorrhoids can also become prolapsed, meaning they sag or protrude from the anal opening.  Even though they are then exterior to the body, they are still considered internal hemroids, however, and not external ones.  Prolapsed internal hemorrhoids can be very painful, as the muscles in the anal area can squeeze and further irritate them.

Internal hemorrhoids have a few common symptoms that are good indicators that internal hemroids are present:

  • The urge to pass stool after completing a bowel movement
  • Feeling full after completing a bowel movement
  • Itching
  • Bleeding
  • Pain

Treatment of Internal Hemorrhoids

There are a number of different approaches to treating internal hemroids.  In addition to the wide selection of hemorrhoid remedies on the market today, simple lifestyle changes can be very effective in treating internal hemroids.

  • Increase your water intake – Increasing the amount of water you consume daily will help keep your stools soft and will prevent the straining during bowel movements that can cause internal hemroids and exacerbate the symptoms of existing internal hemorrhoids.
  • Increase your fiber intake – Like increasing your water intake, adding more fiber to your diet can also help improve overall bowel health and eliminate the digestive issues that can contribute to internal hemroids.  More fiber in the diet helps bowel movements occur more easily.  A good way to add fiber is by increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Exercise regularly – Following a regular exercise routine can also help improve bowel health, by stimulating the urge for bowel movements and making stool pass more easily.

These simple lifestyle changes can not only help prevent internal hemroids, but can prevent further worsening of the symptoms of existing internal hemorrhoids.  The added benefit is you will improve your overall health by adopting these relatively easy modifications to your habits.