Have hemorrhoids caused you enough suffering, pain and embarrassment? About one in every twenty six Americans suffers from the discomforts caused by the condition that usually manifest as intense itching, pain and difficulty in sitting. Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins in the anus or lower part of the rectum. Internal hemorrhoids cause less discomfort because they are located within the lining of the rectum and most of the time, painless. Its presence is usually known because it can cause bleeding during bowel movement. When the internal hemorrhoids begin to protrude through the anus, it becomes externally bothersome and may cause intense itch, pain and bleeding.
Causes of Hemorrhoids
The most common cause of the condition include intense straining during bowel movement, constipation and pregnancy. The enlarged uterus during pregnancy can put some pressure over the veins that causes it to swell. Profuse diarrhea can also contribute to the occurrence of hemorrhoids. Other conditions that can cause pressure over the veins include chronic liver disease. The condition is not life threatening, but it can cause significant discomfort to the person affected and most of the time can be a cause of embarrassment, especially when external hemorrhoids can cause pain and make sitting difficult.
Managing your symptoms and getting rid of hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are treatable and manageable. A prolapsed internal hemorrhoid can form a lump protruding the anus. You can gently push it back inside the anus and this can help eliminate the risk of irritating the prolapsed veins that may cause it to enlarge further. An external hemorrhoid can form a clot that will make it more swollen, but usually resolves on its own. However, you need some treatment in order to ease the discomforts caused by hemorrhoid symptoms.
You are likely to experience pain when you get an external hemorrhoid that can restrict your movement. You can take pain medications to relieve the pain and may soak the affected area in a tub with warm water at least once a day for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Sitting on a warm bottle is an alternative. Medications in the form of suppositories, creams or ointment can also offer pain relief over the affected area. Constipation is your greatest foe when you have hemorrhoids. Excretion of your bowel makes the condition more painful. A remedy for this is to increase your dietary fiber intake to promote smoother bowel movement. Foods that are great sources of fiber include carrots, whole wheat, bran, brown rice, oatmeal and pears. Taking a fiber supplement will also help soften the stool.
Because sitting becomes difficult if not impossible, your best remedy is to find a rubber donut to sit on. By making yourself active through exercise, you are also promoting a better digestion that can prevent constipation. Wear loose pants or shorts and underwear in order to avoid putting more pressure over the protruding vein.
A surgical procedure is often prescribed in case the swollen vein becomes further irritated and no enough blood supply reaches the affected vein. Once infection also sets in, your doctor may find it best to remove the vein by surgery to prevent further complications to your condition. In case of thrombosis where a clot forms in the veins, the blood clot is removed by creating a small incision over it. During the surgical procedure, a local anesthesia is applied and you will experience mild bleeding for a few days. Pain medications and a warm bath can help manage your discomforts after the surgery.
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