Hemorrhoids

You may not be aware that hemorrhoids are one of the most common complaints seen in any doctor's surgery and yet sufferers are often embarrassed to talk about this condition. At least fifty per cent of people suffer from them at some point in their lives. So if you are suffering from hemorrhoids, you are certainly not alone and you will be pleased to read that the symptoms are easy to treat.

Hemorrhoids are swellings that develop from the cushions of tissue that form part of the anal canal. These cushions are perfectly normal and act as a lining when the anus opens and closes in order to prevent any leakage. However, these cushions are rich in blood vessels and anything which increases the pressure on them can cause the blood vessels to swell. Some of the factors causing this pressure are constipation, being overweight and the later stages of pregnancy.

Hemorrhoid Discomfort

Some of the pain and discomfort suffered by those with hemorrhoids are from the 'piles' which may appear at the opening of the anal passage after straining when having a bowel movement. These are usually soft lumps in bunches but they may become hard if thrombosis occurs. There is a mucus covering to these piles and this can become damaged quite easily from a bowel movement thereby causing some bleeding.

Very occasionally, there is severe bleeding. When the hemorrhoids are small, they are not usually painful. It is when a hard lump starts to protrude from the anus, signaling thrombosis, that a severe pain can be felt. Hemorrhoids can be extremely itchy but at all costs avoid the temptation to scratch as this will only make the problem worse.

Some will disappear without hemorrhoid treatment but in any event, it is important to improve your diet so as to avoid constipation in the future. Drink lots of water and fruit juice and include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet. It is advisable to increase the fiber content with more cereals, nuts and wholewheat breads.

If your hemorrhoids do not go away on their own, despite diet changes, and continue to itch and burn and cause pain, it may be advisable to opt for a less invasive and effective natural treatment for hemorrhoids as opposed to getting on a waiting list for a lengthy hemorrhoids surgery.

Take fiber supplements, start a program of regular exercise such was walking, cycling or swimming several times a week as this helps to keep the bowels regular. This exercise will have the added advantage of helping with weight control as well as making you sleep better at night. The important thing is to avoid constipation which can even be caused by taking those pain killer medications which contain codeine.

Hemorrhoid Pain Relief

If these measures are not helping your hemorrhoids, and you find that they are getting worse over time, then you would obviously seek specialized treatment. Even after successful hemorrhoid relief, it is wise to improve your lifestyle with the suggested diet and exercise mentioned above in order to avoid a recurrence of any pain and discomfort in the future.

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