Are you experiencing persistent constipation that doesn't go away? Are you feeling pain and discomfort in your anus that prompts you to sit down on a hard chair? If yes, you might be suffering from or are susceptible to hemorrhoids.

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What is hemorrhoids?

The condition of swollen veins around the anus or in the lower rectum is known as hemorrhoids. It has been found that approximately 50 percent of adults have symptoms of hemorrhoids as they reach 50 years of age.

Hemorrhoids are also commonly called piles. It may not occur in every adult, but when it does, it is one of the most bothersome health conditions. It causes pain, severe itching, and trouble sitting. The good news is that there are hemorrhoids treatments at hand that can help you get rid of this condition.

What causes hemorrhoids?

Excessive pressure on vessels around your anus can cause hemorrhoids. Factors that can increase pressure include:

Types Of Hemorrhoids

There are two main types of hemorrhoids; internal and external.

Internal Hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids are present deep in the rectum and cannot be seen from the outside. Generally, this type of hemorrhoid is painless. Most often, the initial sign of internal hemorrhoids is rectal bleeding. However, internal hemorrhoids can sometimes get pushed due to straining while passing a stool, such that it protrudes out from the anus. This is also known as a protruding or prolapsed hemorrhoid. This condition can be painful.

External Hemorrhoids

External hemorrhoids are found underneath the skin surrounding the anus and are thus visible from the outside. As this part of the body contains sensitive nerves, external hemorrhoids are typically more painful. Straining during a bowel movement can lead to bleeding. Thrombosed hemorrhoids are a kind of external hemorrhoids that occur due to the pooling of blood, leading to clot (thrombus) formation.

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Last updated: 8/14/2022, 7:53:17 AM