Hemorrhoids in Teens, Are They Dangerous?
by Sue Bristol, R.N.
Hemorrhoids rear their ugly heads in all places! Moms, dads, infants, pregnant ladies...and youngsters.
For essentially the most part the care of hemorrhoids is similar for the teenager as for anybody else.
Nevertheless, there are just a few factors that create the next danger in the teen population insofar as hemorrhoids are involved.
For starters, the very last thing your teen needs to speak about with you is his or her hemorrhoids!
Mo-om! DA-advert! How embarrassing! They do not even need to speak to you in regards to the time of day so they are not going to be eager to talk about a problem "down there"!
And that is what makes for dangerous territory. Just because teenagers feels that they are invincible, does not imply they are.
If your teen is having rectal bleeding, it needs to be investigated as soon as doable. You want a definitive prognosis so as to ensure that you're not dealing with a extra severe challenge.
However how on the planet will you find out? What can lead you down the trail of even broaching the topic?
Note his behavior when he is watching TV, or consuming. Is he squirmy? Jumpy? Reluctant to sit down nonetheless within the chair?
Sitting on one side of his buttocks? Maybe you've got noticed blood on his underwear? And is he scratching his bottom every time he thinks nobody is watching?
Does he take longer than "his flip" in the rest room? This might signal constipation, a condition that goes hand in hand with hemorrhoids.
Have there been hemorrhoids in the household? (Hemorrhoids should not inherited however there appears to be a familial predisposition toward growing them in addition to towards constipation.)
And what has his weight loss plan been like? If he does have hemorrhoids, he wants a special eating regimen and another modifications in his life with a view to get the scenario underneath management.
However he isn't too likely to institute these changes himself. It will be robust but you're the one who has to seek out out.
If you have cause to assume that he might have a rectal disorder, he should be seen by the physician, who can then take a couple of simple measures to assess the state of affairs. The MD will do a blood count (to guarantee that bleeding has not been extreme).
He'll do a couple of different lab exams to make sure his organs are all functioning effectively...his liver, pancreas, kidneys and so on.
He'll do a visual inspection of the anus to look for external hemorrhoids (those who develop around the anus). He'll in all probability use a small, lighted instrument, called an anoscope, to examine the inside of the rectum for internal hemorrhoids.
He'll search for fissures (cracks), pores and skin infection (pruritis ani), fistulae (tunnels from one tissue to another.
And he'll most likely take a stool specimen to examine for blood. If the examination does not present evidence of hemorrhoids, your Teen should be checked further.
If the examination confirms the presence of hemorrhoids, adjustments in his lifestyle should be made (water, fiber, bowel habits).
Your Teen is not going to like this one bit! Not one bit! Nonetheless, in case you have cause to suspect he could have something irregular occurring in his lower abdominal region, it's incumbent upon you to take the situation in hand.
He is bought to see the physician whether or not he needs to or not. Use no matter power you might have over him...whether or not it is the automotive, the insurance coverage, a journey to the game, TV, computer restrictions...or even bribes..."you know that ipod you have been wanting?"
This might be a matter of life or demise.