Hemorrhoids: A Condition You Need to Know More About.
What is a Hemorrhoid?
Hemorrhoids are a painful condition that affect many people, and it’s something you should know about more.
On a basic level, hemorrhoids are veins centered at your lower rectum and anus, which are swollen to the point of pain. Close to 50% of adults experienced hemorrhoids symptoms while closing into their 50s.
That is a lot of people, and in fact, it can affect younger people too.
The condition can be external or internal. The external version is the most widely spread and is also the most painful. With the internal version, it develops include the rectum and anus, but this is rarer.
Regardless, hemorrhoids cause pain, sitting issues, and severity in itching. Fortunately though, the condition can be treated.
But before we get into further details, we want to emphasize the dangers. Hemorrhoids are a very common cause of rectal bleeds. While they rarely get to a point of danger, you need to cure them as fast as you can. If it is not for the bleeding, then at least it is to remove the pain.
Internal and External Hemorrhoids.
Levels of pain differ between external and internal hemorrhoids. To be specific, external hemorrhoids are more painful, since it does affect the anus’s skin. This is where a lot of pain-sensor nerves are situated, so they hurt and bleed at the same time.
External hemorrhoids can also create blood clots, where the color turns blue or purple. Medically, this is named a thrombosis. This could lead to more pain and itching, or excess bleeding can result. After the clot goes away, some skin may be left over, which may be irritating.
With internal hemorrhoids, they are usually unseen, and are much less painful. You can only know about their existence through bleeding.
Often, hemorrhoids can get larger, and appear out of your anal sphincter. You’ll see them as minor bumps in that case, with a pink color. They’ll also be more painful, especially when you’re taking a dump. Fortunately, large hemorrhoids diminish on their own, and return inside. If they don’t, you can softly push them back in.
Some symptoms include…
- Anal itching.
- Anal pain and irritation.
- Painful and itching lumps, swollen close to the anus.
- Fecal Leaks.
- Digestive Pain.
- Tissue bleeding after bowel movements.
While hemorrhoids are quite painful, they’re not fatal, and the condition can end without needing treatment. Regardless, you may develop anemic problems with too much hemorrhoids, examples including pale skin and weakness. This is usually rare.
Causes of Hemorrhoids.
Anal and rectal vein swellings lead to hemorrhoids. There are many factors that can lead to such swelling, and we’ll mentioning some of those below.
- Sitting or Standing for a Long Time.
- Toilet Straining
- Excess diarrhea and Constipation.
- Consuming Low Fiber Diets.
Diagnose and Treat Your Hemorrhoid Problems.
You can diagnose and treat hemorrhoids at a doctor, or on your own at home.
To reduce pain as much as possible, dip yourself in a warm water tub for a minimum of 10 minutes per day. You can also put a warm water bottles under the afflicted area for pain relief of external hemorrhoids.
You need good hygiene too reduce the condition. Use warm water to clean your anus each time you shower or bathe. But, you should avoid soap as it can cause even more hemorrhoid problems. You should also avoid rough toilet paper as much as possible after using the toilet.
If you can’t tolerate the pain, you can get a suppository ointment from a pharmacy, or you can use creams to reduce the itches and burns.
If you suffer from constipation, you can get pharmaceutical fiber supplements for stool softening. Methylcellulose and Psyllium are 2 supplements you can use.
At Home Remedies.
Back to pharmaceuticals again. You can get OTC treatments, such as creams and hydrocortisone, which can reduce hemorrhoid discomfort.
Additional pain relief methods include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
You can always go for a doctor if your hemorrhoids aren’t healed with home treatments. Through a doctor, you can get a rubber banded ligation. Through the litigation, a rubber band is used to cut circulation off the hemorrhoids, forcing a shrinkage of the blood vessel.
Obviously, only a doctor should do this, so don’t do this at home.
Alternatively, you can go for an injection therapy, which reduces the hemorrhoid size through a chemical injection.
The previous 2 methods are much faster than home remedies, so if you’re in severe pain, you should visit a doctor.