INTERNAL & EXTERNAL HEMORRHOIDS
Hemorrhoids, (haemorrhoids - UK spelling) also known as piles, are swollen and/or inflamed veins in the rectum and anus. Some are found inside the anus. These are called internal Hemorrhoids. Others are found protruding around the anus and are known as external hemorrhoids. Sometimes a person may have both internal and external hemorrhoids. The picture on the right shows both internal and external hemorrhoids. Thankfully, there are ways that we can say goodbye to hemorrhoids.
How Common are Hemorrhoids?
At some point in time in our lives, almost every person in the world suffers with either internal or external hemorrhoids or both. You should therefore know as much about them as possible. We should familiarize ourselves with the best ways of treating them. Even more importantly we should know what are the best ways of preventing or minimizing their occurrence. Hemorrhoids are common in both men and women. It is estimated that by age 50, most Americans will have had hemorrhoids. It is further estimated that most of the world’s population, are affected by hemorrhoids at some time in their life.
What Causes hemorrhoids?
Several factors contribute to produce hemorrhoids. Frequent constipation is one of the main causes of developing internal and external hemorrhoids.
Constipation often leads to straining and this more than anything else is the chief cause of hemorrhoids. The additional pressure causes the veins to enlarge. Constipation usually develops from an imbalanced diet.
On the other hand, chronic diarrhea can also lead to hemorrhoids as this weakens the lining of the area, along with the natural increase of blood to the area.
Pregnant women very often develop hemorrhoids as there is increase pressure and flow of blood to the area.
So generally speaking, irregular bowel movements, and imbalanced diet, and anything that causes undue stress in the area, can be the cause of internal and external hemorrhoids.
What are the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids?
You may have hemorrhoids right now and yet you may not know it. The most common symptom of internal hemorrhoids is bright red blood accompanying the stool. Hemorrhoids that bleed are known as thrombosed hemorrhoids. If you have internal or external hemorrhoids, then the passing of stool causes irritation, pain and itching. Sometimes these occurrences are not dangerous and the symptoms may go away in a few days.
If, however, the symptoms persist then the hemorrhoids (internal or external) must be treated to avoid further deterioration and additional complications.
How we say Goodbye to Internal and External Hemorrhoids?
First, there are several hemorrhoid home treatments. Also there are herbal treatments that are readily available. To treat external hemorrhoids, creams and ointments are very popular. For internal hemorrhoids the use of suppositories are recommended. Often prescribed medication is needed in one form or another.
If the internal and external hemorrhoids are very bad, then there are several costly methods such as laser surgery. By using any or some of the above methods it is almost always possible to say goodbye to hemorrhoids.
If you suffer with hemorrhoids you need to be kept up-to-date with the various treatments. The following are links to excellent resources, relating to the treatment of internal and external hemorrhoids. Now is a good time to grab one of these books in order to say goodbye to hemorrhoids.