What are we talking about?
--> There are two kinds of Hemorrhoids: internal or external. Internal, meaning within the anus; or external, just under the skin around the anus.
Hemorrhoids is a human physical condition which involves disturbance in the veins located in the anal canal or lower rectum area. We consider the disturbance as hemorrhoids when these veins become swollen or inflamed due to several factors. Among these factors could be over straining during trips to the bathroom, pregnancy, old age, consistant problems with diarrhea or constipation, and even the practice of anal intercourse.
When should I suspect if I have it?
--> Many conditions concerning the rectal area may be mistakened for hemorrhoids so it is wise to be more aware of what is and what isn't. While hemorrhoids is not usually life threatening in nature, it is always good to know more about it so that treatment may be applied if necessary.
The condition is may be characterized depending on the kind of hemorrhoids it is. Internal hemorroids might usually comes with bloody toilet paper or blood around the stool itself or in the toilet bowl. There is, however, what is known as the protruding hemorrhoid, which, because exposed, COULD become irritated and thus, painful.
On the other hand, thrombosed external hemorrhoid IS painful and involves swelling or a hard protruding lump in the anal canal area due to blood clotting from within.
Both types of hemorrhoids are largely characterized by bleeding and/or itching and if not treated, could lead on to many other symptoms eventually.
Should any of these symptoms appear, it is advisable to see your general practitioner so that an examination of the area concerned may be performed and proper treatment applied soonest.
How is it treated?
--> Most commonly, the doctor will recommend a warm bath which may involve herbal ingredients to take care of the itching and swelling on the local area, hand in hand with a prescribed hemorrhoidal cream or suppository for a given time.
How do I prevent it from happening to me again or at all?
--> One thing for sure, is that you will need to refrain from straining that area of your body. Some good ways to accomplish this involve increasing fiber and fluids (preferably water) in your daily diet.
Some natrual sources of fiber are whole grains, vegetables and fruits. If you like, you might even pick up a fiber supplement recommended by your doctor.
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