More than seventy-five percent of people age forty-five and older have hemorrhoids (0r piles) in their lives. Although this condition is common, many people don’t know it. It’s only when hemorrhoids flare up by itching, bleeding, swelling or protruding that people realize they have them. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins near the anus and inside the rectum. Although hemorrhoids are rarely dangerous, they can be recurrent and very painful, but there is a lot that can be done about them. How do you get hemorrhoids is a good way to start.
Eight out of ten people get hemorrhoids. The problem is caused by pressure on the rectal veins because of constipation, diarrhea, pregnancy, or excess straining on bowel movements. Other reasons are, sitting or standing for long periods, and anything that causes increased pressure in the veins such as heavy lifting, and a low fiber diet. The main reason to seek medical attention is severe pain, severe bleeding which may cause anemia or swelling that can prevent you from passing your stool.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids
Symptoms of hemorrhoids are a rectal pain, burning or itching, and a bright red blood seen on toilet tissue, or in the toilet bowl, or on your stool after having a bowel movement. Swelling or protrusion may also be present in the anal area. Because these symptoms can be caused by other serious conditions, a doctors diagnosis is important to find out if your condition is hemorrhoids. Most people don’t suspect they have a problem until they see blood in the toilet or in their stool or experience pain when they have bowel movements. If you experience pain or bleeding, see your doctor. Rectal bleeding can be a sign of cancer of the rectum or anus according to reports.
There are two kinds of hemorrhoids, internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids develop from within the rectum and may bleed during bowel movements. If they become enlarged, they may protrude from the anus and become constricted and painful.
External hemorrhoids develop on the anus and may appear as a reddish mass of skin outside the anus. It may not cause any pain or bleeding unless a vein acquires a blood clot or raptures.
Who are at risk
Hemorrhoids are more common in women during late pregnancy and immediately after delivery. Young people who are engaged in heavy lifting and exercise and college students who do not eat balanced diets are at risk for hemorrhoids.
What to do to lower your risk
To lower your risk, use the toilet as soon as you feel the urge to go because waiting too long lets the stool harden and this will make it much more difficult to pass. Don’t rush to finish your bowel movement as this will make it worse. Eat plenty of fiber and drink lots of fluids especially water, these will make the stool softer and will be much easier to pass without straining. You can get fiber in your diet from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A fiber supplement such as Metamucil is recommended. (Follow the label). If you have heavy or long-lasting bleeding, notice any changes in the color of your stool, develop a lump that does not go away, feeling dizzy, or fainting spells, see your doctor right away. Don’t delay.
Hemorrhoids usually go away within a week or two, but if you are having discomfort, here are ways to help you for immediate relief. You may find relief from over-the-counter ointments or suppositories to help reduce the pain and itching. Use alcohol-free baby wipes instead of toilet paper for a few days to prevent irritation and bleeding. Take warm baths instead of showers. Soaking the area in warm water for 10 minutes 2 to 3 times a day will help to shrink swollen tissues, stimulate circulation, and reduce your discomfort.
Set a time for bathroom use
Use the bathroom right after breakfast as this is when the body’s urge to go is strongest. You will probably have to strain more which at a later time which will increase the risk of hemorrhoids. The more time you spend on the toilet, the more likely you are to suffer from hemorrhoids. According to research, you should not have to sit on the toilet for more than a few minutes to have a bowel movement, so it is important to eat foods with bulk to keep your bowel active. Exercise can also help with constipation and will prevent you from straining. A footstool will also help, prop your feet up a few inches during bowel movements. Sitting on a cushion rather than on a hard surface helps reduce the swelling and prevent the formation of new ones.
Change your lifestyle to control hemorrhoids
One of the major causes of hemorrhoids is straining during a bowel movement, so don’t rush, and don’t sit too long on the toilet either. It is better to get regular through other changes than forcing it. Adjust your diet. Your doctor will discuss a diet plan which can help to improve your condition. This will be eating a diet consisting of lots of fiber from bran, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These will soften the stool and relieve the pressure on your hemorrhoids. Drink as much as you can. It doesn’t have to be just water as long as you are getting the required amount of fluids each day (six to eight glasses) to flush out your digestive system. Stay away from alcohol, this helps to prevent dehydration.
If you have hemorrhoids it should not restrict your normal exercise routine. It is very important to stay active and keep your body fit. Doing regular physical activity will improve your bowel function. Being overweight is often time a consequence of an inactive lifestyle and poor diet. Changing these habits in your life will not only improve your health and the condition of your hemorrhoids but also reduce the excess weight on your body.
Hemorrhoids can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. They can bleed and turn bowel movements into painful experiences for many people. Prolonged sitting or straining often associated with constipation or diarrhea, and may lead to hemorrhoids. If the intensity or duration of the pain is too much, seek professional help. Rectal pain and bleeding can be cancer of the rectum and anus according to research. If you don’t get the cause of bleeding checked, your health could be at risk. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that this is hemorrhoids when it is a more serious problem. Your life could depend on this, so take action before it’s too late.
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