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Most Common Reasons People Develop Hemorrhoids

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A hemorrhoid is a swollen vein. The condition is often referred to as piles, and they appear inside or close to the rectum. This affliction is more common than you think and is believed to affect 50% of the population.

While this condition is most common between 45-65, it can occur at any age. The good news is that they can be treated.

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Recognizing Hemorrhoids

Some people can have hemorrhoids and display no symptoms. However, you’ll notice that your anal regions have become itchy and uncomfortable in most cases. This can also be painful, mainly when you use the toilet.

If the hemorrhoid is outside your anus, then you should be able to feel a small bump. If it is interior, you’ll only feel it if it is prolapsed, meaning it is sticking out. Internal hemorrhoids are likely to bleed when passing stools. This is the only time you will usually feel pain, and it’s common to find bright red blood on your toilet paper.

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Dealing With Hemorrhoids

Any bleeding from your rectum should be checked as there are several possibilities. However, when the bleeding is a bright red, it is fresh and less concerning than dark red blood in stools.

Fresh blood indicates an issue near your anal opening and is likely less severe. That means you can afford to monitor your body, the blood, and other symptoms for a few days before visiting the doctor.

In all cases, if the symptoms are still there after seven days, you need to see a doctor. They are likely to refer you to a colorectal surgeon to get the best possible treatment.

There are several reasons why you may have developed hemorrhoids. It’s good to be aware of these before you visit the doctor as they are likely to ask and assess the following:

  • Difficulty completing bowel movements

If you are struggling to pass a stool, you will push harder and place strain on all the blood vessels in the vicinity of your anus. This can cause them to rupture, which results in piles or hemorrhoids.

  • Severe diarrhea or constipation

You may be struggling to pass stools because they are hard or simply because you are constipated, and they don’t want to come out. This can increase strain damage.

If you are experiencing severe diarrhea, your intestinal tract isn’t working correctly, and the doctor will need to investigate further.

  • Diet

Doctors always ask about your diet as a low-fiber diet results in harder stools and increase the risk of constipation and hemorrhoids.

  • Activities

Several activities will increase the likelihood of hemorrhoids. These include regularly lifting heavy weights and straining while doing so. Other activities that increase the risk include anal intercourse and even being pregnant.

The good news is that hemorrhoids can go away by themselves, or cream is usually enough. In a small number of cases, a surgeon will remove the excess tissue causing the hemorrhoids, and this should stop them from recurring.

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