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What You Need To Know About Hemorrhoids
This summer, think carefully before you bring out and wear those tight-fitting thongs and other bathing suits and wear them in public. You may find yourself being a spectacle (in not a good way) when you start acting on (meaning scratching) the severe itches and irritations you feel on your buttocks.
Each year, millions of Americans suffer from and develop hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids or piles are swollen veins found in the anus or in the lower part of one’s rectum. Almost all people can develop this particular kind ailment and adults who are between the age of 45 and 65 are more prone to contract it.
Types Of Hemorrhoids
There are two types of hemorrhoids:
Internal hemorrhoids – under this type, the hemorrhoids develop and grow swollen within the anus.
The symptoms include:
- The presence of bright red blood on the stool, toilet paper or in the toilet bowl after bowel movement
- General feelings of pain, discomfort and itching on the anus.
External hemorrhoids – under this type, the hemorrhoids develop outside the anus. This is the most common and prevalent type of hemorrhoids.
The symptoms under this type include
- Blood clotting
- Bleeding, irritation and painful swelling around the anus
- The presence of a hard lump around the anus
Common Causes Of Hemorrhoids
There are several ways you can develop hemorrhoids. Below are the usual causes
- Prolonged diarrhea or constipation
- Physical strain during bowel movements
- Prolonged sitting on the toilet bowl
- Lack of fiber in one’s regular diet
- Wear and tear of the connective tissue in the rectum and anus. This happens as a person ages
- Pregnancy. The additional pressure in the woman’s abdomen can cause the veins in the anus and rectum to swell and hence, lead to hemorrhoids.
Though hemorrhoids are not life-threatening and most of the time they go away, a lot of people cannot stand the irritation, itch, discomfort and pain it causes them. And sometimes, they don’t go away easily; the symptoms simply persist and linger. In such circumstances, there is a need to get medical treatment.
The popular types of effective hemorrhoids treatments include:
• Rubber band ligation. In this treatment, the doctor puts a special rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid, which cuts off circulation and causes the hemorrhoid to subside.
• Laser hemorrhoids treatment. Also called laser hemorrhoidectomy, this out-patient, non-surgical treatment involves the use of laser to “vaporize” the swollen hemorrhoid.
• Sclerotherapy. A chemical solution is skillfully and carefully injected into the blood vessels to shrink the hemorrhoid.
Learn more about hemorrhoids and how you can avoid them from developing or swelling on this link.