Bleeding Hemorrhoids:

It's Time To See The Doctor

Cure your hemorrhoids forever.

Never assume that bleeding when you have a bowel movement is the result of hemorrhoids. Other digestive diseases, including colon cancer, can lead to bleeding in your rectal area. Polyps, which can become cancerous if not removed, are another possible cause.

Although you may be shocked by the sight of your own blood after wiping your bottom, it's important to pay attention to everything you see there. During an examination, your doctor will ask you several questions to try to gauge whether you have bleeding hemorrhoids or something more serious.

For example, your doctor will probably ask whether the blood you saw was bright red or a darker red. The darker color may indicate a more serious problem needing immediate attention, so don't put off seeing the doctor.

When It's Time To Call The Doctor

Here are some other things that indicate it's time to call the doctor:

If you experience any of these conditions, consult your doctor. If you're bleeding excessively from your hemorrhoids, get to the doctor's office immediately. Chronic bleeding from hemorrhoids can lead to anemia and other complications, so don't ignore this.

Get Regular Checkups For Your Colon Health

Make it a point to get regular checkups and talk to your doctor about the health of your colon. Doctors recommend having a colonoscopy every 10 years after age 50. African Americans have a higher risk for colon cancer and are advised to begin having colonoscopies after age 45. If you have a family history of disorders of the colon, including colon cancer, you should begin after age 40.

During this outpatient procedure, the doctor can see all of your digestive tract through a tiny lighted scope inserted for that purpose. This is one of the best ways to spot any problems that could develop into a cancer of the digestive system.

Because talking about hemorrhoids can be embarrassing, many people avoid going to the doctor even when they see blood on their toilet paper. Some people are afraid they'll receive bad news from the doctor, so they just decide not to go. The good news is that if you have a serious condition, such as colon cancer, it has a high cure success rate when treated early. So if you think it's serious, that's even more reason to schedule your appointment as soon as you can.

In most cases, bleeding hemorrhoids are simply bleeding hemorrhoids. But don't assume anything. Talk to the expert, identify what you actually have, and then treat it.

How To Prepare For Your Doctor's Appointment

You can help your doctor by being prepared with as much information as possible. Your doctor will have many questions, and you'll get the most out of your visit if you're prepared with the answers. Typical questions your doctor might ask:

If your hemorrhoids are bleeding, or you are experiencing any of the conditions discussed here, let your doctor rule out anything serious. Once you know you don't require surgery or cancer treatment, you can focus on natural cures, diet, and prevention.

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