101 hemorrhoids

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are located inside your rectum or on your anus. This area is covered in blood vessels which if swollen can cause tiny tears and bleeding from them, and these are called hemorrhoids. Even though hemorrhoids can be very painful, usually this condition is not serious. There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal, which are located inside your rectum and external, which are located on your anus. Both types are alike in symptoms and require the same treatment, they are merely different by the place of their location.

Who can get haemorrhoids?

At some point in their lives on a lot of people will experience having hemorrhoids. Too much pressure in the anal area can cause of the veins to swell and cause hemorrhoids. Pressure on the veins can happen especially to people who have a difficulty of passing stool and strain this area for a long time before passing stool, or those who have diarrhea. Also, pregnant women are likely to develop hemorrhoids, since they are straining this area, in particularly during labor. People who are overweight have higher chances of getting hemorrhoids, again due to the veins which are strained.

How will I know I have hemorrhoids?

You will recognize the symptoms of hemorrhoids if you are having bowel movements followed with bleeding. While seeing blood on your toilet paper might cause a lot of people to panic, it is probably just the blood from hemorrhoids. Another common and recognizable symptom is itching and burning of the rectal and anal area. Also, people who have hemorrhoids will experience rectal pain, especially upon cleaning and wiping this area and after a bowel movement.

What can I do about hemorrhoids?

hemorrhoids-s24-illustration-of-stapled-hemorrhoidectomyHemorrhoids, although painful and uncomfortable, are usually not a dangerous medical condition. Healthy eating habits can prevent you from getting hemorrhoids, or developing worse hemorrhoids. You should watch your diet and eat foods which have a lot of fibers in them, such as vegetables, fruits – this will give your stool the right consistency and your will not suffer from constipation or diarrhea, which both might lead to the development of hemorrhoids. Prevention is the best medicine, but still if you find that you have hemorrhoids, you should not despair. There are numerous home treatments and things you can do to alleviate your symptoms and reduce the rectal and anal discomfort. Ice treatments can alleviate some pain, also you can get quick showers instead of irritating the area with wiping. If it is necessary that you wipe the area you can use baby wiping tissues, or just blot the anus with toilet paper. In addition to these methods you should relieve the pressure from the anus and rectum, by avoiding standing for a long time or sitting on hard surfaces. If you have to sit for a long time, try to find a pillow to sit on.

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