The_Truth_About_Hemorrhoids by andissswin

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The Truth About Hemorrhoids

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Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are an incredibly common medical
condition and yet it is something which is rarely talked about. It is
believed that 50% of Americans have this condition by the time they reach
the age of 50 and yet only 500,000 of these people seek medical help for
the problem. Of these, between 10 and 20% require surgery to have their
hemorrhoids removed.

Hemorrhoids are caused by the veins in the rectum and anus becoming
swollen and inflamed. The locati...


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Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are an incredibly common medical
condition and yet it is something which is rarely talked about. It is
believed that 50% of Americans have this condition by the time they reach
the age of 50 and yet only 500,000 of these people seek medical help for
the problem. Of these, between 10 and 20% require surgery to have their
hemorrhoids removed.

Hemorrhoids are caused by the veins in the rectum and anu s becoming
swollen and inflamed. The location of the piles can be internal or
external and the symptoms vary dependent on this. If the hemorrhoids are
internal, they can go undetected as pain receptors are not present
internally. The only evidence of the problem can be blood in the bowel
movements as they pass through the area. External piles are widely known
to resemble a bunch of grapes and can be extremely painful for the
sufferer. Of the two types, it would appear that internal hemorrhoids are
the better of the two to have as you may not even know it. However,
external piles can be easily treated whereas internal piles, when left
undetected, can result in more serious complications.

If an internal hemorrhoid becomes severely distended over time it can be
pushed out of the anus and so be visible externally. This is very
unpleasant as it means that the internal passage is obstructed, making
passing bowel movements difficult and painful. This is called prolapsed
hemorrhoids. Once this has happened it is quite common for the anus to
spasm and the sphincter can then trap the prolapsed hemorrhoid outside of
the body. This then prevents the blood supply from reaching it and it
becomes a strangulated hemorrhoid.

Causes of hemorrhoids can be due to genetic tenden cy or environmental
factors. Some people are born with weak veins in their rectum and so
there is little they can do to prevent it from happening. However, for
others there are more wide ranging reasons behind the condition.

Pregnancy is widely acknowledged to exacerbate the prevalence of
hemorrhoids. During childbirth itself, the excessive straining can cause
the problem to occur. This can also be the case when straining forcefully
whilst in the bathroom. This can be prevented by increasing fibre in the
diet, upping your water intake and reducing that of diuretic drinks. A
diuretic generally contains caffeine and this actually dehydrates the
body by the intake of the fluid. It is also recommended that you do not
sit on the toilet for longer than necessary, for example if you are
reading in the bathroom. The position in which you sit on the toilet can
also increase the problem.

Many people find that outbreaks of piles can be treated by undertaking
the same habits as I suggested to prevent them in the first place.
Topical creams are also available which can soothe the area and encourage
a reduction in the swelling. Once the swelling has gone down, the
hemorrhoids are able to retreat back into the body. However, should these
treatments not work within a matter of days, or should you experience
prolonged or regular bouts of haemorrhoids you should seek medical
attention from your doctor.

								
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