Everyone knows, or has at least heard of, the existence of hemorrhoids. However, many people have no clue as to what they are and how to treat them. They are conditions that develop from the veins around the anus and/or lower rectum, where there is inflammation and swelling. One can acquire this condition through exertion when going to the bathroom. There are several other factors that can cause the creation or emergence of hemorrhoids, and they are aging, constipation, pregnancy, and diarrhea. When someone develops a case of this condition, the location is typically around the skin of the anus or just inside it.
Men and women are equally as likely to get hemorrhoids, and about half the world’s population will have had them by the age of 50. They are probably most common amongst pregnant women. This is caused by the pressure of the fetus combined with the hormonal shifts, and these cause the vessels that cause the condition. Fortunately, for women who develop this condition during pregnancy, it is usually temporary and they will go away after pregnancy.
Most medical treatments for relieving the condition of hemorrhoids are targeted at the beginning stages of the condition. They try to reduce symptoms through processes such as several baths in a tub each day for about 10 minutes with warm water, and the use of a hemorrhoid ointment and/or suppository that will target the specific area for a brief time.
The prevention of hemorrhoids does require that there be no exertion when using the bathroom. It is highly recommended that during this time there be an increase of dietary fiber, as well as six to eight glasses of water per day, both of which shall result in decreasing the need for exertion while using the bathroom. Eliminating exertion can help to prevent hemorrhoids from increasing and adherence to this practice can help to prevent future outbreaks.
Most problems that come about from hemorrhoids are in the forms of itching and irritation. They are not life threatening, and most of the known cases of this condition should go away within two to four days of an outbreak. Not everyone will always experience the same symptoms, but a lot of people will experience the symptom of finding blood on the toilet paper and in the toilet bowl. This represents an internal form of hemorrhoids. If these become external problems, then there might be lumps and more pain associated with them. You must then consult your physician if pain becomes unbearable.
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