Hemorrhoids in Teens
Hemorrhoids are caused when the veins around the anus become swollen from an increase in pressure in the rectum 1. This is a more common problem in older adults, but it can happen in young adults and teens, too. This is especially true if other people in the family suffer from hemorrhoids because the affliction can be inherited 1.
Causes of Hemorrhoids
Teens can develop hemorrhoids from excessive straining during bowel movements, and from chronic diarrhea or constipation, according to the Mayo Clinic 1. Obese teens are more likely to get hemorrhoids, as are pregnant women 1. In addition, teens who engage in anal sex might also be more likely to develop hemorrhoids 1. If you or the child's other parent are susceptible to hemorrhoids, your teen might develop them earlier, too 1.
Seeing a Doctor
Even if you suspect hemorrhoids are what your teen is suffering from because of her description, don't diagnose this condition in your teen yourself 1. Take her to her doctor for an examination because the pain, itching or bleeding can also be a sign of other medical conditions. It's critical that she get a correct diagnosis so she can get appropriate treatment.
In many cases, hemorrhoids aren't serious and will go away on their own 1. The real challenge is helping your teen manage the discomfort that hemorrhoids cause 1. To help the discomfort, encourage him to soak in a warm bath. Explain that he shouldn't wipe with dry toilet paper during an outbreak. Have him use wet wipes or damp toilet paper instead to keep from irritating the hemorrhoids 1. Applying ice might also help relieve his discomfort. You can also find over-the-counter remedies to help relieve hemorrhoid pain, itching or discomfort. Ointments, suppositories and medicated pads might help your teen feel better, faster.
According to HealthGuidance.org, lifestyle changes can help prevent future hemorrhoid outbreaks. Encourage your teen to improve her diet with lots of fruits and vegetables to prevent constipation, and to drink plenty of water. In addition, remind her not to spend too much time sitting on the toilet, and not to strain while having a bowel movement.
- Mayo Clinic: Hemorrhoids
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