Hemorrhoids, when the fever invites: What to do?
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Hemorrhoids are already a rather troublesome disease; it is hard to walk, sit, go to the toilet … in short, life is not pleasant with a hemorrhoid crisis. So if you add a fever, you can easily panic and wonder how you can cure it.
The first thing to understand is whether a fever is a normal component of hemorrhoids, why it is triggered and finally, how it can be treated.
Do hemorrhoids cause an illness?
Hemorrhoids, regardless of their seat, present themselves with five symptoms:
- An itchy sensation at the anal level (around the anus or inside if they are internal)
- Pains in the anus. These strains are usually present at the time of defecation, rarely permanent, but you may feel a sensation of heat or gravity instead of these pains.
- Rectal bleeding. In some cases, stool removal or peeling may cause rectal bleeding that can be noticed when going to the toilet (either in the toilet bowl or on the toilet paper). This blood must be bright red (if the color is darker or even blackish, it is a bleed that originates from a higher area of the digestive tract, such as the colon, intestines or even the stomach and should The subject of an emergency consultation) and moderate bleeding.
- A small protrusion towards the outside of these vessels. This exteriorization will usually reintegrate on its own, but if it does not and you want to “put it back” on its own, pay attention to the rules of sanitizing by wearing sterile gloves and washing your hands properly.
- Problems of defecation which are usually manifested by false needs. The swelling of the blood vessels gives you the impression of having to go to the toilet even if in reality, there is nothing to expel.
You will have understood, the symptoms of hemorrhoids are exclusively local, and they have no physical manifestation outside the anal area. Then a warmth at this level is perfectly healthy. A generalized fever, on the other hand, is not.
If you take your temperature and notice that it is above 38 degrees, especially do not say “this is normal, I have hemorrhoids” because it is not.
In which case can a hemorrhoid crisis cause fever?
Now that you have understood that a hemorrhoidal attack is not supposed to increase your body temperature, it is time to figure out under what conditions a fever can accompany this crisis.
What you should know is that a fever is never the translation of a localized disease, that a political attack in a part of your body will very rarely give rise to a high body temperature. What can cause this is an infection.
Recall that a fever is a normal sign, usually benign and transient, that represents your body’s reaction to infection. However, the fever may not be mild and may be the first sign of an even worse ailment. The point is therefore to determine the degree of gravity which this excitement translates to act accordingly.
In the case of a hemorrhoidal attack, two things can cause a fever greater than 38 degrees: either the prolapse or the abscess (even if it is not technically hemorrhoid).
For prolapse, they are veins that “come out of their place,” protruding outside the body.
Of course, these veins will not go out alone, but surrounded by “skin,” or more exactly, the epithelial tissue that covers the inner face of the anus. However, this fabric is not as impermeable as the skin itself to the pathogens that are found in the outside world (microbes, bacteria …) or even to the dust and dirt that are found everywhere.
Thus, when these veins come out of the body, they are vulnerable to all these threats. Add to this that this tissue is already fragile, even with some wounds, and you will get an unexpected chance for these pathogens to enter our body and begin to multiply.
This causes an infection, and our body will try to fight it, which will lead to an increase in body temperature, but also to a swelling of this prolapse because the blood will begin to flow to the site of infection To bring back the white cells that will fight the pathogens, which gives a feeling of pain at that level.
Abscess of the anal margin
As for the abscess of the anal margin, it is not a complication of a hemorrhoidal crisis, but it can easily be confused with a hemorrhoidal attack.
Both have almost the same appearance, and both give a feeling of pain and “ball at the anus, ” but it is critical to differentiate between the two.
An abscess is a collection of pus in the anal canal. It is caused by the infection of the glands located in the upper part of the anal canal and which form folds by ending at the surface. By becoming infected, they become blocked, perforating the rectum wall and contaminating all the fat that surrounds it. They give the anus a swollen, red or even slightly cloudy appearance, which could lead us to believe that this is an average hemorrhoidal attack.
The difference lies in two things: the nature of the pain (the pain of the abscess is vivacious, pulsatile and that could prevent you from sleeping at night) and the presence of fever (unlike hemorrhoids which, like you Have seen, should not give rise to a fever)
How to treat a “hemorrhoidal crisis” with fever?
When you hear “fever and infection” you tend to think “antibiotics,” but remember, antibiotics is not automatic. You are strongly advised not to take antibiotics on your own, without the advice of a doctor because you will tend to take antibiotics that will kill all the microorganisms present, the problem is that your digestive tract naturally contains Contain) beneficial organisms. Abusing antibiotics can kill these beneficial organisms and expose you to some serious diseases.
So learn to manage these fevers without going through the automatic antibiotic box.
The case of prolapse
The best way to control the infection caused by prolapse is to minimize the contact of these veins with the external environment that is hostile to them. Clean the prolapse properly. If you want to “put the ball back in place” without waiting for it to resolve itself, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly and use sterile gloves.
Finally, you can do seat baths with hot water, but not too hot to avoid the risk of irritating this area again.
However, you should see a doctor if symptoms persist.
The case of abscess of the anal margin
Here, the first thing to do is to identify that it is indeed an abscess and then to go to an emergency to see a doctor. No antibiotic will allow you to cure a sore; the treatment is purely surgical.
If in doubt, visit a doctor anyway because any fever that persists can be a very alarming sign.