Hemorrhoids are massive clumps or cushions of tissue caused by swollen veins in the anal canal. Most people think this condition is abnormal but it is actually very common among men and women. This problem is most often not life threatening but can be painful.
The anal canal contains a rich network of arteries that give it a constant supply of blood. This explains why bleeding from hemorrhoids is bright red rather than dark red, and why bleeding from hemorrhoids sometimes can be severe.
Types of Hemorrhoids
If the hemorrhoid occurs inside the rectum, it is referred to as an internal hemorrhoid. If it originates at the lower end of the anal canal near the anus, it is referred to as an external hemorrhoid.
Most people do not know they have internal hemorrhoids since they are painless and cannot be seen. External hemorrhoids however can get irritated and clot under the skin, causing a pain.
What are the Symptoms?
Some of the most common symptoms of hemorrhoids include bleeding during bowel movement, itching, and pain around the rectal area. You might see blood on your toilet paper or on the stool.
Physicians use a grading system to describe the severity of hemorrhoids:
1st degree – Hemorrhoids that bleed but do not prolapse.
2nd degree – Hemorrhoids that prolapse and retract on their own (with or without bleeding).
3rd degree – Hemorrhoids that prolapse but must be pushed back in by a finger.
4th degree – Hemorrhoids that prolapse and cannot be pushed back in.
What are the Causes?
A lot of factors contribute to the formation of Hemorrhoids. It could be excessive straining during bowel movement, inadequate fiber (causing hard stool), prolonged sitting, or prolonged standing. It can even be hereditary.
Child birth is a clear cause of Hemorrhoids due to the pressure or strain it causes around the veins.
Do They Come Back After a Surgery?
Sadly, the answer is yes. The anal area contains a rich network of blood vessels and any of them can swell up, causing hemorrhoids. But there are a lot of tips on to avoid them.
How to Treat and Prevent?
Preventing Hemorrhoids requires a healthy lifestyle and diet.
- Take lots of fiber and drink enough water to keep your stool soft, allowing it to pass through easily.
- Exercise daily to improve your blood flow.
- Avoid sitting or standing too long. If you have to sit while working, at least move around every 20 mins. Sitting on a donut pillow helps as well
Is there a Natural Cure?
There are a lot of products containing natural herbs that improves your blood circulation and strengthens and tones your veins. The most popular being HemClear, which received over 96% approval rating from consumers.