Hemorrhoids Specialist

Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C.

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Centreville, VA & Sterling, VA

Hemorrhoids are a common problem that causes a wide range of symptoms. You can treat hemorrhoids at home. However, you should schedule an appointment with the team of expert gastroenterologists, including Lance Lasner, MD, and Nisha Chand, MD, at Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C. if your at-home treatments fail to improve your hemorrhoids. To get help for your hemorrhoids, call the office in Centreville, Sterling, or Chantilly, Virginia, or schedule a consultation online today.

Hemorrhoids Q&A

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the anus and lower rectum. The anus and rectum are the last part of your large intestine and responsible for holding and eliminating stool. 

Pressure and stretching of the tissue in your rectum and anus causes the blood vessels to stretch, expand, and weaken. Over time, the continued pressure causes the blood vessels to protrude. 

There are many factors that contribute to the pressure that leads to hemorrhoids, such as constipation, straining during a bowel movement, and spending too much time sitting on the toilet. 

What are the types of hemorrhoids?

The location of your hemorrhoids determines the type and symptoms. Types of hemorrhoids include:

External hemorrhoids

External hemorrhoids occur underneath the sensitive tissue in the anus. These types of hemorrhoids may itch or burn. 

You may also develop a blood clot in an external hemorrhoid — thrombosed hemorrhoid, causing sudden, intense pain that makes it hard to sit. 

Internal hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the rectum. These hemorrhoids cause painless rectal bleeding. 

Internal hemorrhoids may prolapse, or protrude. Prolapsed hemorrhoids cause severe pain.

When should I seek help for my hemorrhoids?

You should seek help for your hemorrhoids if they cause any type of bleeding or severe pain. Though hemorrhoids are the most common cause of minor rectal bleeding, colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may also cause this symptom.

Anytime you have rectal bleeding or blood in your stool, you need to see the team at Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C.

You should also seek help for your hemorrhoids if your at-home treatments fail to relieve your symptoms within a week. 

During a hemorrhoid evaluation, the Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C., team reviews your symptoms, usual diet and bathroom habits, and medical history. They also examine your hemorrhoids. 

What treatments can improve my hemorrhoids?

There are many effective treatments that can improve your hemorrhoids. The team at Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C., may first recommend medical interventions such as:

  • Adding more fiber and fluid to your diet
  • Using a stool softener
  • Limiting the amount of time you spend sitting on the toilet
  • Soaking your hemorrhoids in a sitz bath
  • Using over-the-counter (OTC) hemorrhoid creams or pads

If conservative care fails to ease your hemorrhoid symptoms, the team may suggest procedures such as rubber band ligation, infrared coagulation, or sclerotherapy. In severe cases, the team may recommend surgical removal of the hemorrhoid.

For personalized hemorrhoid solutions from a compassionate team, call Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C., or schedule an appointment online today.