Pain & Discomfort from Hemorrhoids?
Unfortunately, hemorrhoids can often cause considerable pain and discomfort.
Also often referred to as piles, hemorrhoids are vascular structures in the anal canal.
When normal, they are the cushions that help with stool control but they become a problem if they are swollen or inflamed.
The signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids depend on the type of hemorrhoid
- Internal hemorrhoids often result in painless, bright red rectal bleeding when passing a stool.
- External hemorrhoids often result in pain and swelling in the area of the anus and if bleeding occurs, it is usually a darker color..
- Symptoms frequently get better after a few days.
- Interestingly, a skin tag may remain or occur after an external hemorrhoid has healed.
What are the factors that can lead to hemorrhoids?
While the exact cause of hemorrhoids remains unknown, there are a number of factors that increase pressure in the abdomen.
- Lack of exercise
- Low fiber diet
- An absence of valves within the hemorrhoidal veins,
- Prolonged sitting and obesity
- A chronic cough
- Sitting on the toilet for long periods
- Pregnancy when pressure from the fetus on the abdomen (as well as hormonal changes) can cause the hemorrhoidal vessels to enlarge. During labor, there can be increased intra-abdominal pressures. The good news is that pregnant women rarely need surgical treatment, as symptoms usually resolve after delivery.
How common are hemorrhoids?
Some fifty to seventy percent of adults have problems with hemorrhoids at some point in their lives with males and females being equally affected and most often between the ages of forty five and sixty five years.
How to prevent or help with hemorrhoids?
- Sitting in a bowl or basin of warm water for ten to fifteen minutes at a time will help to soothe the pain and discomfort. Repeat several times a day.
- Increasing the fiber in your diet to prevent constipation with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and wholegrains. Doing so softens the stool and increases its bulk, which will help you avoid the straining that can worsen symptoms from existing hemorrhoids. Just remember to add fiber to your diet slowly to avoid problems with gas.
- Drinking plenty of fluids especially water to maintain good hydration.
- If needed, taking an oral pain reliever temporarily to help with the pain and discomfort.
The perfect way to avoid the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids is to use our
H-Hemorrhoids Formula to give relief for the symptoms of both internal and external hemorrhoids. It is easily applied topically to the area, helping to provide fast pain relief and shrink those unwanted hemorrhoids by reducing swelling.
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