The development of hemorrhoids in the body is usually only an annoyance. Unfortunately, it will sometimes become more than just annoying; it might become painful as well. Among the reasons that a hemorrhoid might become painful is when a thrombosed hemorrhoid occurs.
What a Thrombosed Hemorrhoid is:
Understanding the term “thrombosed” and how it relates to the hemorrhoid is a first step in minimizing the development and treating the problem. A thrombosed hemorrhoid occurs when the swollen vein and blood vessels of the hemorrhoid develop blood clots.
Once the blood clots form, the otherwise pain-free and minor annoyance of the hemorrhoid usually becomes painful. In most cases, the hemorrhoid will heal naturally on its own and will not require medical assistance. Sometimes, it might become large enough or painful enough to require surgical removal or the assistance of a doctor.
Cause of Thrombosed Hemorrhoids:
A thrombosed hemorrhoid will only occur if the hemorrhoid already exists. It is a severe form of hemorrhoids and will usually develop later.
The main reason the hemorrhoid becomes thrombosed is due to straining or adding pressure to the area. By doing so, the blood does not flow back to the upper body properly and clotting is able to occur.
Straining might occur during constipation when having a bowel movement, while giving birth, during pregnancy due to the growing uterus or during weight lifting. Any strain that adds pressure to the lower body might result in the development of this type of hemorrhoid.
Preventing Thrombosed Hemorrhoids:
Preventing is one of the main keys to avoiding this potentially painful condition. Though it is not a serious problem and will usually not have complications, the pain of a thrombosed hemorrhoid is enough to take measures to prevent its development.
The best way to avoid this type of hemorrhoid is taking measures to prevent any type of hemorrhoid from developing. A high fiber diet is particularly useful due to the loosening of stools. Combining high fiber with water for hydration will put less strain on the body while using the restroom and will minimize the risk of developing constipation.
Staying active and avoiding a long period of sitting will also help because some hemorrhoids might develop while sitting inactively for long periods of time. If you are unable to avoid sitting, stand up every hour and stretch.
Treating the Hemorrhoid:
The discomfort associated with this type of severe hemorrhoid is possible to minimize while the body heals. It is also possible to help the healing along.
Taking an anti-inflammatory medication will often help relieve some of the pain while also lowering the amount of inflammation and thus taking down the swelling. While it is not recommended for a long-term solution, for the short term it will help the situation.
Applying ice to the hemorrhoid will also help alleviate some of the pain. The ice numbs the area while also taking down some of the swelling.
A warm water soak will also help by minimizing the feeling of pain.
Getting some exercise while healing, such as walking around for 20 minutes when the pain is bearable, will help get the blood flowing from the lower half of your body and thus will help break up the clotting and heal the hemorrhoid.
While this is a serious form of hemorrhoids, it will usually not require a doctor’s assistance. If the pain becomes too much or the swelling is extreme, seeking medical help might become a necessity. Usually, it will heal within a week on its own.