HTG Cautions Readers to Know Signs of Hemorrhoids and Fistulas

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HTG cautioned readers to know and recognize symptoms of both hemorrhoids and fistulas, following Women News Network’s December 17th article titled “Women Crowd Hospital in Juba for Obstetric Fistula Surgery.”

In the wake of Women News Network’s December 17th article publication, entitled “Women Crowd Hospital in Juba for Obstetric Fistula Surgery,” Hemorrhoid Treatment Group (HTG) cautioned readers, urging them to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of both hemorrhoids and fistulas. Fistulas, one of many conditions often confused with hemorrhoids, can present serious issues and may prove fatal if not taken care of. Conversely, hemorrhoids are typically benign in nature, offering discomfort and pain rather than life-threatening consequences. Hemorrhoid Treatment Group identified some of the most important differences between the two maladies.

In the Women News Network article, Lucy Ponti discussed the treatment facilities that opened up in the Sudan in November of this year, and the countless women that rushed to take advantage of the corrective surgeries offered. Over 60,000 women are identified as fistula sufferers, many of whom never receive treatment. A rousing success, another temporary clinic is expected to begin in February.

Though there are many conditions often confused with hemorrhoids, one of the most commonly confused maladies is the presence of anal fistulas. To assist in properly understanding the key differences between hemorrhoids and fistulas, Hemorrhoid Treatment Group identified these three differences between the two conditions:

1. Appearance. An anal fistula (external) appears as a small open wound or abscess in the flesh. It may be marked by seepage or even fecal matter. External hemorrhoids, however, typically appear to be small (or large) bumps around the anus, taking the appearance of a small portion of swollen flesh.

2. Prevention. Hemorrhoids differ greatly from fistulas when it comes to preventative care. While these may be prevented through proper diet, exercise, and bathroom habits (i.e. not straining during bowel movements), fistulas do not have any known prevention methods, and instead people focus on treatment options after they have formed.

3. Treatment. Hemorrhoids have a variety of available treatments, including home remedies, basic surgeries, and various circulation therapies. Anal fistulas, however, can only be corrected through surgery, as the canal connecting the outward abscess to the internal abscess must be severed and both the internal and external wounds must be treated carefully to avoid further infection and recurrence.

Though bloody stool and rectal pain are symptomatic of both the onset of hemorrhoids and the development of a fistula, HTG has learned that these conditions are much different, in appearance, prevention, and treatment.

Lucy Ponti is a writer for Women’s News Network (WNN). WNN is an online publication devoted to providing news stories to and about the women of the world, with the purpose of empowering and fulfilling the needs of women around the world.

Though anal fistulas and hemorrhoids are two frequently confused conditions, HTG has learned that the differences between them are substantial. Hemorrhoids are generally caused by poor diet, and straining during bowel movements, resulting in enlarged and inflamed blood vessels in or near the rectum. Anal fistulas, however, have no known cause, and are characterized by a canal connecting the digestive system to the outward portion of the anus, resulting in a serious infection and the need for surgery. It is important to recognize the key differences at play between these two ailments in order to seek proper treatment. Hemorrhoid Treatment Group urged readers to familiarize themselves with the differences between hemorrhoids and fistulas to take immediate, accurate corrective action.

Information provided by the Hemorrhoid Treatment Group website is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat any condition. This information is provided purely for educational purposes. Please consult your doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment, as bleeding from the rectum may be caused by many different things including life threatening conditions.

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