What are hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids are veins in the rectum or around the anus that have been damaged over time due to constant strain.
When this constant pressure and strain on the area causes these blood vessels to swell this is known as hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids can occur for a variety of reasons to include; constipation, poor diet, lack of exercise, pregnancy, obesity, aging, chronic diarrhea or sitting for prolonged periods of time.
Over 50% of the population will suffer with hemorrhoids at some point in their lives.
So what causes hemorrhoids and how can you determine if you have hemorrhoids? Below we will discuss the two types of hemorrhoids and the symptoms associated with each.
Internal hemorrhoids are located inside the rectum. Many people have internal hemorrhoids for years without ever knowing because they are usually painless and have no noticeable symptoms.
The way most individuals find out they have internal hemorrhoids is that they may have a bowel movement and notice some spots of bright red blood on the tissue.
If this occurs and you are a relatively healthy person, more than likely its hemorrhoids but when any type of bleeding is present you should visit your physician just to make sure it is definitely hemorrhoids and not something more serious.
External hemorrhoids are a lot easier to diagnose as they are located outside of the rectum around the anus.
They usually appear as small lumps around the anus. Some of the symptoms that accompany external hemorrhoids are; irritation and itching around the anal area, pain, swelling and lumps in the anal area, possible leakage of stool and sometimes bleeding.
If you discover you have hemorrhoids and they are fairly mild or moderate, simple at home remedies such as warm sitz baths or applying ice to the area are excellent external hemorrhoid treatments and will more than likely clear them up.
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