Hemorrhoids are an often painful condition that affects an estimated fifty to seventy-five percent of Americans and nearly one-third of the population at least once. In most cases, hemorrhoids are caused by an increase of pressure on the veins of the anus as well as the rectum. The veins become swollen and inflamed because of [...]
Hemorrhoids are things that not too many people like to talk about. Even the very name is forbidden in some circles. Although people don’t like to talk about them, they’re very common. According to statistics, more than half of Americans over the age of fifty have hemorrhoids and young people get them as well. Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed vein tissue in the rectal area.
The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids are pain in the rectal area, burning, itching, blood on toilet tissue, blood on the toilet bowl, or the surface of the stool after a bowel movement. The anal area may show signs of round swellings or bulges. Although the symptoms are straight forward, there are other more serious conditions that have the same symptoms; therefore it is very important that you see a physician to get the right diagnosis.
Why do people get hemorrhoids and is there anything that can be done to prevent them? Experts believe that hemorrhoids are a result of genetic weaknesses of the veins in the rectal area. They can also be caused by sitting or standing for too long, and anything that puts increased pressure in the veins such as giving birth, lifting heavy items, and frequent straining during a bowel movement. Eating a Western diet that’s low in fiber and high sugars and fats has also been said to be a cause. See your doctor immediately if there is severe pain, excessive bleeding (so excessive that it could put you at risk for anemia), or so much swelling that having a bowel moving is difficult.
There are treatments that you can get over-the-counter to reduce the pain and the swelling of hemorrhoids, but they do nothing to address the cause. Thankfully, there are certain herbs as well as other botanical medicines that help strengthen and tone blood vessels, reduce the swelling, and stop the bleeding. They’re also extremely helpful in alleviating the constipation that sometimes accompanies a flare-up.
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They’re many veins that are present in the anal canal. However, these veins can become swollen like balloons causing you to experience bleeding, itching, and sometimes burning, that’s when you know that you have hemorrhoids. What causes the veins in the anal cavity to become so irritated? The main reasons are internal pressures or the [...]