Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that occur inside and around the anus and rectum.
Over half the population will be afflicted with hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Although, hemorrhoids can occur in people of all ages, they are most common in adults over 30.
There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal and external.
Internal hemorrhoids develop inside of the anus underneath the lining. They are usually painless and can be present for a long time without a person realizing they have them.
There are several ways to detect the presence of internal hemorrhoids. The most common is blood in the stool or on the toilet paper after a bowel movement. Other signs are the hemorrhoid protruding out of the anus during a bowel movement. When this happens, it can usually be pushed back in and causes little pain.
However, if an internal hemorrhoid becomes completely prolapsed and cannot be pushed back into place, this condition can be very painful and will more than likely require surgery.
External hemorrhoids are easier to recognize because they form little lumps outside the anus. External hemorrhoids are usually accompanied by itching and irritation but can become extremely painful if a blood clot develops inside of it. This is known as a thrombosed external hemorrhoid.
The most common cause of hemorrhoids is constipation. The straining that is necessary to pass the hardened stool plays a major role in the development of hemorrhoids.
Other common causes of hemorrhoids are pregnancy, lifting heavy objects, sitting for extended periods of time (common with desk jobs) and being overweight.
So what is the best hemorrhoid treatment available to cure hemorrhoids?
The truth is, most hemorrhoid sufferers can manage their condition with over the counter and at home hemorrhoid treatments such as; warm sitz baths several times daily, applying ice to the hemorrhoid to reduce the swelling, rubbing the area with over the counter hemorrhoid creams, utilizing all natural herbal remedies such as HemClear or Venapro and adding a stool softener and more fiber to your diet.
However, there are cases when hemorrhoids can become so severe and cause such intense pain that no over the counter hemorrhoid treatment will work. In these cases, you should seek the advice of a medical professional, as surgical removal of the hemorrhoid may be necessary.
With that said, it is always best to try all natural remedies, over the counter methods and at home treatment for hemorrhoids before opting for surgery.