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5 Causes of Anal Itchiness Oct 10th, 2021

Anal itchiness causes an incessant need to scratch the anal tissue. And the more you scratch, the more you itch.  The uncomfortable sensation is a symptom of many anorectal disorders. At Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Creve Coeur, Missouri, our board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Betsy Clemens, specializes in diagnosing...

What the Color of Your Stool Says About Your Health Sep 1st, 2021

Your stool is what remains after your gastrointestinal system breaks down and absorbs all the essential nutrients and fluid from what you eat and drink. Though mostly water, your stool also contains a mix of fiber, bacteria, cells, and mucus.  Your bowel movements may not be a regular topic of...

Everything You Should Know About IRC Aug 4th, 2021

Hemorrhoids are common and not always a major medical concern. In fact, you may even get relief from your hemorrhoid symptoms with a few days of at-home treatment. However, sometimes you need medical care for hemorrhoids, especially if they cause blood in stool. Though a common symptom of internal hemorrhoids,...

Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs of Anal Fissures Jul 6th, 2021

Though often confused with hemorrhoids, an anal fissure is a tear in the sensitive tissue that lines the anus. In most cases, anal fissures heal with conservative care.  However, ignoring the warning signs of an anal fissure may prolong the healing process or turn your acute problem into a chronic...

What Truck Drivers Should Know About Hemorrhoids Jun 14th, 2021

Anyone can develop hemorrhoids. In fact, it’s estimated that about 50% of people will have the anorectal condition by the time they reach age 50.  Though anyone can develop hemorrhoids, truck drivers are at an increased risk of having the condition that causes anal itchiness and discomfort. However, it’s not...

Lifestyle Adjustments to Promote Colon Health May 5th, 2021

Your colon, or large intestine, is the last part of your digestive tract. Its primary function is to process and eliminate waste from your body.  Though you may not give your body’s waste removal system much thought, you should. There are many health conditions that affect your colon, like constipation,...

Is Anal Itchiness Ever Normal? Apr 1st, 2021

Your body uses many signals to let you know something’s wrong, including sensations like pain, burning, and itching. Though not always a serious health issue, anal itchiness isn’t normal. It’s a symptom your body uses to let you know something is off.  Like many, you may find any discomfort that...

How Your Diet Contributes to Anal Pain Mar 7th, 2021

Though you may be troubled by your anal pain, you may be reluctant to discuss your discomfort with your doctor. But anal pain is a common symptom of many benign and treatable conditions, and you shouldn’t be embarrassed to talk about it.  Here at Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center, we specialize...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Hemorrhoids Feb 4th, 2021

Though rarely a serious health concern, hemorrhoids can be a recurring and painful problem. This is especially true if you choose to ignore the symptoms of this common anorectal disorder.  But you’re not alone if you choose to suffer in silence instead of getting help for your hemorrhoids. The American...

What Could Blood in My Stools Mean? Jan 1st, 2021

Whether you discover blood in your stool after having a bowel movement or from a stool test, the symptom may leave you with fear and anxiety. Though you should never ignore bloody stools, it’s helpful to know that, in most cases, the cause isn’t a serious health issue. Here at...

Can Anything Stop My Anal Itching? Dec 1st, 2020

The intense itch and urge to scratch makes anal itchiness a difficult symptom to ignore. This may have you searching the internet looking for any remedy or treatment to relieve your discomfort.  At Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Creve Coeur, Missouri, we understand how you feel. Dr. Betsy Clemens, our...

What Caused My Thrombosed Hemorrhoids? Nov 2nd, 2020

Hemorrhoid symptoms vary depending on location. External hemorrhoids cause the most discomfort, especially when they become thrombosed, which means your hemorrhoid has formed a blood clot. Thrombosed hemorrhoids make activities like sitting an absolute nightmare, and you may wonder what caused the painful condition. At Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center, our...

Shrink Hemorrhoids with Infrared Light Oct 2nd, 2020

Sometimes called varicose veins of the anus, hemorrhoids are common, but many people suffer for too long before they seek treatment. Though home remedies can help shrink hemorrhoids, not everyone responds positively to at-home care. If your hemorrhoids aren’t improving or are causing anal pain that makes sitting almost impossible,...

When Your Anal Discomfort Needs Medical Attention Sep 8th, 2020

Though you may have a difficult time discussing your discomfort with friends and family, anal pain is more common than you might think. In most cases, the underlying cause of the discomfort isn’t serious, but the pain can be severe because the perianal region contains many nerve endings. There are...

5 Foods that Promote Bowel Health Aug 17th, 2020

Hemorrhoids are common and cause a range of symptoms, from anal itchiness to blood in stool. However, despite the variation in symptoms, chronic constipation is one of the most common causes of the embarrassing condition.  At Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in St. Louis, Missouri, our board-certified family physician, Dr. Betsy...

Tips for Dealing with Hemorrhoids in the Heat of Summer Jul 7th, 2020

Summer is prime time for vacation and relaxation. But if you have hemorrhoids, you may find the heat and humidity that comes with the season a bit more than you can handle. Though the summer heat may exacerbate your symptoms, there’s no need to spend all season soaking in a...

Top Signs of a Thrombosed Hemorrhoid Jun 10th, 2020

Hemorrhoids are a common condition that affect millions of Americans on a daily basis, according to the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons. If you’re like most, you may suffer with your hemorrhoids longer than necessary before seeking medical help.  Though hemorrhoid symptoms vary and may even be mild...

Myths and Facts about Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids May 6th, 2020

Hemorrhoids are common, but they can be an embarrassing health problem. The good news is, you can treat your hemorrhoids at home. However, not all home remedies for hemorrhoids work as well as some internet sites may claim. Dr. Betsy Clemens, our board-certified family physician at Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center...

The Most Common Causes of Anal Fissures Apr 13th, 2020

At Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in St. Louis, Missouri, our board-certified family physician, Dr. Betsy Clemens, knows how uncomfortable it can be to talk to your doctor about things like anal pain. But millions of people in the United States experience this type of pain, which may occur for a...

What to Wear, How to Sleep, and Other Practical Tips for Hemorrhoid Sufferers Mar 11th, 2020

From chronic itching to excruciating pain, your hemorrhoids may cause a lot of discomfort that can affect your day-to-day activities, as well as your sleep.   At Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Creve Coeur, Missouri, our experienced physician, Dr. Betsy Clemens, has more than two decades of experience helping those...

What to Expect Before, During, and After Infrared Coagulation Feb 10th, 2020

You may find hemorrhoids an embarrassing problem, but the condition is very common, affecting nearly half of all Americans over age 50. In most cases, you can treat your hemorrhoids at home. But if your hemorrhoids aren’t improving with at-home care, or if they’re a recurring problem, you may need...

Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center: Is My Rectal Bleeding Coming from a Cut or Something Inside? Jan 9th, 2020

It’s understandably alarming to see blood smeared on your tissue or dripping into the toilet bowl after a bowel movement. But rectal bleeding is more common than most individuals realize. The cause is typically traced to an issue within the rectum or lower colon, but may also occur outside the...

What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Anal Health Dec 1st, 2019

Are you experiencing pain or discomfort while defecating or when you sit for long periods? You may have hemorrhoids or anal fissures, which can be a concern for pregnant women. Anal health issues during pregnancy are common, as hormonal shifts can increase your risk of developing them.  Hemorrhoids are enlarged...

Is It Normal to Have an Itchy Anus? Nov 18th, 2019

Seemingly everyone experiences an itchy anus from time to time. Your anus is the opening at the bottom of your gastrointestinal tract, where your waste leaves your body as stools or feces. When you have anal itching, the sensation can occur inside or around your anus. In many cases, your...

What Skin Conditions Cause Anal Pain? Oct 17th, 2019

Pain anywhere in your body is tough to deal with, but anal pain presents its own set of unique challenges. The difficulty of trying to deal with a condition that you can’t outwardly address is bad enough, but the pain can have a surprising impact on your life, making even...

5 Simple Ways You Can Prevent Hemorrhoids Sep 11th, 2019

Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins located in the lowest part of your rectal canal and anus. Often due to increased pressure in the lower rectum, they can become quite painful and bleed when irritated as the vein walls enlarge.  The inflamed veins associated with hemorrhoids are often due to...

Best and Worst Foods for Hemorrhoids Aug 7th, 2019

Hemorrhoids are a common occurrence that’s often related to the characteristics of your stool and how easy it is for your bowels to pass said stools. So, what’s food got to do with it? The foods you eat and the liquids you consume help determine the nature of your stools....

Why Is There Blood in My Stool? Jun 18th, 2019

The sight of blood is cause for concern under normal circumstances, but when it shows up in unlikely places, like your stool, you might be especially alarmed. It may help you to know up front that the presence of blood in stool isn’t all that uncommon. And the conditions that...

When to See a Doctor About Constipation May 27th, 2019

Constipation is a fact of life for most of us, striking for any number of reasons, from temporary dehydration to simple nerves. But ongoing problems with constipation that cause a good deal of physical discomfort and stress is another kettle of fish that will benefit from our help. At Midwest...

Not Sure if Your symptoms are Hemorrhoids? Come See us for a Consultation Apr 16th, 2019

We understand that anal discomfort and hemorrhoids aren’t exactly topics suited for the dinner table or office, but these are legitimate medical issues that could use a little expertise. Here at Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center, headed up Dr. Betsy Clemens, we provide a safe oasis where you can address this...

What is Infrared Coagulation (IRC) and How Does it Remedy Hemorrhoids? Mar 14th, 2019

Hemorrhoids are a common malady that medical experts estimate three out of every four adults on the planet will experience at some point in their life. Sometimes a hemorrhoidal flare, related to swollen blood vessels in the rectum and anal region, will come and go without too much fanfare. Often,...

Understanding the Difference Between External and Internal Hemorrhoids Feb 21st, 2019

It’s true that the symptoms you’re having help identify which type of hemorrhoid you’re experiencing. The good news is that treatment exists for all types, and it may be easier than you believe to get rid of the pain and bleeding that often accompany this fairly common problem. Betsy Clemens,...

4 Signs Your Hemorrhoids Require Medical Intervention Jan 7th, 2019

You may, understandably, not like to talk about it, but hemorrhoids are pretty common. They affect about 10 million adults in the United States annually. It’s estimated, in fact, that as many as three in four adults will experience problems with hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Take a...