What is a Strangulated Hemorrhoid?

You may have heard of a strangulated hemorrhoid, but may have asked, "What is a Strangulated Hemorrhoid?"

Strangulated hemorrhoids are hemorrhoids in which the blood supply has been cut off as a result of being trapped by the anal sphincter muscle. You are probably saying, “What does that mean?” Well before we explain exactly what a strangulated hemorrhoid is let’s first define what hemorrhoids are so you can understand what a strangulated hemorrhoid is all about.




Hemorrhoids are varicose veins that are located on the interior of the anal canal and the exterior of the anal opening. Over an extended period of adding pressure to the varicose veins they turn into swollen blood vessels which are defined as hemorrhoids. The pressure that is added to the veins comes from straining during bowel movements, passing hard stools, and other factors that contribute to pressure on varicose veins in the anal area.

Hemorrhoids can be either internal or external and a strangulated hemorrhoid is the result of an internal hemorrhoid condition that has become worse over a period of time.


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You may be asking, "What is a strangulated hemorrhoid?", but the more important question is "How the heck do I get rid of a strangulated hemorrhoid?" The information on this website can help. Strangulated Hemorrhoids are by far the most painful hemorrhoids. There are many hemorrhoid treatments available that can help relieve your pain.




Internal Hemorrhoids and Strangulated Hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids are swollen varicose veins that have formed on the inside lining of the anal canal. If you suffer from chronic constipation, are pregnant, eat a diet that is lacking in fiber, or you suffer from long bouts of passing hard stools, this can create pressure on internal hemorrhoids which causes them to rupture and bleed. If left untreated internal hemorrhoids can transition to prolapsed hemorrhoids.

  • Prolapsed Hemorrhoids

  • Prolapsed hemorrhoids are a form of internal hemorrhoids. When internal hemorrhoids are allowed to get worse, the tissue from the hemorrhoids breaks loose from the anal lining which causes the hemorrhoids to slide down the anal canal and protrude from the anal opening. If the condition is allowed to persist in can turn into a strangulated hemorrhoid.

  • What is a Strangulated Hemorrhoid?

  • Strangulated hemorrhoids are prolapsed hemorrhoids that have become trapped by the anal sphincter muscle which is the muscle that controls the opening and closing of your anal opening. When prolapsed hemorrhoids become trapped by the anal sphincter muscle it cuts off the blood flow to the prolapsed hemorrhoid and causes the hemorrhoid to become thrombosed.

    Thrombosed hemorrhoids are hemorrhoids that contain blood clots and can be either internal or external. If strangulated hemorrhoids become thrombosed they are often quite painful and uncomfortable.


Treatment for Strangulated Hemorrhoids

If you have developed strangulated hemorrhoids it is very important to seek medical treatment for this condition. Although you can seek relief from strangulated hemorrhoids through a number of home treatments more often than not this type of hemorrhoid condition requires more serious medical treatment.

Pay a visit to your physician to seek a correct diagnosis for strangulated hemorrhoids. If they have gotten to the point of being thrombosed your physician may recommend surgical removal of the hemorrhoids or at least surgery that will remove the blood clot from the hemorrhoids that have become prolapsed.

Following surgery there is a recovery period and most likely your physician will recommend a number of home treatments and over the counter creams and ointment to help with the healing process that follows hemorrhoid surgery.

Some of the ways you can prevent prolapsed and strangulated hemorrhoids in the future is to seek treatment as soon as you sense that internal hemorrhoids are present. Feel free to browse this website to find out about different treatments you can use to treat hemorrhoids and prevent the condition from returning in the future.





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