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Almost all people have heard of hemorrhoids and many have actually suffered from this common and often embarrassing condition. But how many people know exactly what hemorrhoids are and the symptoms that indicate there presence. Many people may not realize exactly what a hemorrhoid is, the fact that there is actually more then one kind of hemorrhoid, and that symptoms vary for each type. It is the goal of this article to explain the different types of hemorrhoids and the symptoms you may expect for each type.

Hemorrhoids, also referred to as piles, are swollen veins in the anal and rectal region. These inflamed veins, depending on the location can cause pain, especially while sitting or having a bowel movement, itching, bleeding, and you may be able to feel a lump in the area around the anus. If you experience pain, it can range from a mild discomfort to extreme. If you notice blood, it will be bright red because it is blood that is very close to the surface of the skin and highly oxygenated. While normal bleeding from hemorrhoids is not considered dangerous, you should be concerned if there is an excessive amount of blood as this may indicate problems other then hemorrhoids. To further understand the symptoms, we need to look at the two different kinds of hemorrhoids.

As already stated, hemorrhoids are where the veins in the rectal area get inflamed and swollen. There are actually two sets of veins that drain blood from the rectal area and the first set we are going to talk about are the internal veins that are inside the anus. When these internal veins become inflamed a condition known as internal hemorrhoids develops. Because the internal veins inside the anus do not have nerve endings, they normally create no pain unless the condition becomes severe. Normally the only symptom you will notice with internal hemorrhoids is bright red blood when having a bowel movement and you will not normally be able to feel a lump in the area. Internal hemorrhoids can, however, develop into a condition that is painful.

A prolapsed hemorrhoid is where an internal hemorrhoid extends outside the anus and becomes more inflamed and has increased swelling. Normally, this type of hemorrhoid can be gently pushed back up inside the anus but if not done soon enough, it can swell to the point where it develops into a serious condition called an entrapped hemorrhoid. This condition can be both serious and very painful as the hemorrhoid is now trapped outside the anus and no longer receives any blood supply. If this condition persists, the hemorrhoid will die and become infected making it possible for the infection to spread throughout the body and can make the hemorrhoid sufferer very ill. If this condition develops, it is time to see a doctor right away. The other type of hemorrhoid that someone may experience is an external hemorrhoid.

An external hemorrhoid is where the veins that run outside the anus become inflamed and swollen. These hemorrhoids can be felt as a lump and are the type that are normally associated with pain, burning, and itching. This type of hemorrhoid will also cause bleeding and if left untreated can develop into what is called thrombosed hemorrhoid where a blood clot is formed. Once the hemorrhoid clots, the pressure will increase and the pain can become severe. As with the case of an entrapped hemorrhoid, a thrombosed hemorrhoid will also require you to see your doctor so the blood clot can be cut away and the pressure relieved.

I hope this article has given you some perspective about what hemorrhoids are and what symptoms to expect. If caught early enough there are several different treatments available to treat the symptoms and cure the hemorrhoids. But as Ive already stated, please be aware that excessive bleeding from the rectal area may be a more serious condition then hemorrhoids such as anal or colon cancer. If you have any reason to think that your symptoms are more then hemorrhoidal the please see a doctor right away.

Hemorrhoids, which are painful swollen veins, can be found inside the anus or under the skin around it, and a common cause of this symptom is constipation. Blood vessels tend to swell, causing the hemorrhoid, when they are weak or have excess pressure, likely when one is constipated. The vessel can then burst and bleed, along with other symptoms experienced with hemorrhoids, such as itching and rectal pain.

When one is constipated, that person is likely to strain when trying to pass a bowel movement, and this can cause a small amount of lining from the intestines to be pushed out from the anus. This rectal prolapse can lead to the secretion of mucus from the anus. To treat this condition, all that is needed to do is stop the straining, unless the prolapse is severe. In that case, surgery might be needed.

In addition to straining during a bowel movement, hemorrhoids can be caused by constipation in women due to water retention during the premenstrual syndrome or menstruation.

Possible ways to stay hemorrhoid-free are to keep stools soft and easily-passable, as to also avoid constipation so there is less pressure and straining. Another important action is to empty bowels soon after the desire occurs.

Constipation can be avoided by exercise and fiber intake, and cutting back on alcohol and caffeine. Treatment or remedies for hemorrhoids include warm baths, ice packs and special creams. Anal fissures, or an unnatural crack or tear in the skin of the anus, can be taken care of by stretching the sphincter muscle or removal of the tissue or skin in that area.

Definition:Hemorrhoids are an overfilled blood vessel which needs to be relieved of some of the blood. Occasionally bloody streaks on the outside of your stool may come from hemorrhoids or temporary anal irritation. Hemorrhoids can present quite a bit of bright blood in the toilet or blood adhering to the stool or bright blood on the toilet tissue.A hemorrhoid occurs when a vein in the anal area becomes enlarged and irritated. This condition can occur outside of the anus, and is called an external hemorrhoid. Internal hemorrhoids, on the other hand, are located inside of the anus and are often the cause of much rectal bleeding though hardly ever any pain. Deciding how to treat hemorrhoids will depend on whether it is internal or external hemorrhoids, how large they are, and whether they are causing much discomfort. If someone suspects that they have a hemorrhoid, it is important to see a doctor first, since other illnesses tend to mimic the symptoms of hemorrhoids as well. Once a doctor has diagnosed the problem, research can be done on how to treat the hemorrhoids in the most effective way.There are a number of things that can be done at home to treat hemorrhoid symptoms and bring more pain-free days and nights. First, a dietary change may be in order to keep the digestive system running smoothly and stools soft and easy to pass. This can include increasing the amount of fiber in a diet by eating more whole grains and fruits, as well as cutting back on processed foods that can be constipating. Also increase the amount of water in take, since this will also help the digestive system to run more smoothly and prevent constipation. Keeping weight in check and getting regular exercise are also good habits, but be careful not to participate in strenuous workouts like weight lifting that could actually exacerbate the problem.How to Treat Hemorrhoids with your Doctor

If home remedies do not bring the desired relief, talk to a doctor about medical treatment options as well. These might include fixative procedures that will cause the hemorrhoid to shrink or even fall off, or surgical procedures to remove the hemorrhoid completely. When it comes to how to treat hemorrhoids most effectively, doctors will be the best source of information and advice.

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What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids (or piles are they are more commonly known) are simply the veins in your anus which have become distended (swollen with blood). This is very similar to varicose veins, where the vein becomes large and lumpy, only these veins are around the anus which makes it a bit more embarrassing.

The vein swelling can affect the part of the anal canal just above the sphincter where it is less well supported and protected causing Internal Hemorrhoids. Or it can affect the veins at the lower end of the canal causing External Hemorrhoids. Either of these types can exhibit the same kinds of symptoms and are generally quite uncomfortable in most cases.

Hemorrhoids affect approximately 50% of the population and appear to be distributed evenly across both male and females although anecdotally, it appears that pregnant women are quite susceptible to this condition.

What are the symptoms of Hemorrhoids?

There are a number of symptoms of Hemorrhoids which as is usual with most medical symptoms could be any one of a number of medical conditions. The best advice anyone could receive if they’re not sure, is to see a doctor as soon as possible. Some of the other conditions which have similar symptoms to Hemorrhoids range from things like threadworm and colon cancer. It is always best to go to your doctor and find out that you have nothing to worry about than to not go and only find out when the condition has become a lot worse than it could have been.

The main symptoms of Hemorrhoids are

Passing bowel movements are painful.

You have an itchy anus.

There are one or more painful or tender fleshy lumps in the anus area.

There is a feeling that your bowels are never empty.

Normally these symptoms are at worst uncomfortable and don’t stop you from conduction your day to day business. However, in a few rare situations, they can be very painful if they are associated with a splitting of the anus (known as an anal fissure).

What is the treatment for Hemorrhoids?

In most instances, Hemorrhoids can be treated successfully without any professional medical intervention. Despite that though, as I mentioned earlier, it is always best to consult a doctor if you’re unsure or the condition lasts for more than a couple of weeks.

Some examples of the treatment for hemorrhoids are to eat a lot of foods rich in fibre. This can help to prevent constipation which can aggravate the condition.

Closely related to constipation, is to avoid straining and to use soft toilet tissue. Then wash the area with warm water.

From all pharmacies, you should be able to buy some creams over the counter called Corticosteroids which contain a local anaesthetic and will soothe the pain and discomfort. They are not recommended for long term use though.

There are three other treatments which all require you to visit a medical practitioner.

The first is where a chemical is injected into the hemorrhoid which causes them to shrivel up.

The second way, is called Banding. Where a rubber band is placed around the base of the hemorrhoid. The Hemorrhoid then shrinks and eventually falls off.

The final option is surgery called hemorrhoidectomy which is only conducted very rarely as less traumatic methods named above are used. This option would normally be used on internal hemorrhoids which are very large.


Hemorrhoids are actually varicose veins in the anus and rectum. They occur when blood vessels that are either inside the anus or around it become swollen. The more swollen they become, the more painful they are. Hemorrhoids may cause bleeding, and their constant irritation could lead to itching. However, most often itching is a sign of pinworms or an overgrowth of Candida albicans.

The following can cause hemorrhoids: constipation, chronic diarrhea, straining when you go to the bathroom, and any pressure that contributes to congestion in veins in that area (like coughing, sneezing, or sitting or standing for long periods of time). But let’s face it, if you have strong blood vessels, sneezing and sitting won’t give you hemorrhoids.

Traditional Hemorrhoids Treatment:

The first step in most doctors’ approach to treating hemorrhoids is to suggest a high-fiber diet and bulking agents, such as Metamucil. Next, they typically suggest taking laxatives for constipation. The problem is that some of the herbs used in laxative formulas, such as senna leaf, are harsh and irritating. Instead, eat a higher fiber diet and take ground flaxseed if your intestines need a little help.

Daily sitz baths can reduce inflammation. Get a large plastic basin and put it in your bathtub. Put two to three inches of hot water (110-120 degrees) in the basin and sit in it for about 20 minutes. If possible, add some hotter water in the tub so your feet are warmer than your bottom. Bring a cold washcloth with you so you don’t get too warm. Afterward, take a cool shower or splash the area with cool water and gently dry well.

Topical anti-inflammatory suppositories (such as Anusol and Preparation H) may give temporary relief. But they don’t address the problem like some herbal formulas.

Ligation is a more drastic therapy where your doctor ties a small rubber band tightly at the base of an external hemorrhoid. This cuts off circulation and the hemorrhoid falls off. Sometimes, it’s necessary to repeat this treatment.

Finally, surgery may be an option if your hemorrhoids are particularly large or painful, or if bleeding won’t stop. If you and your doctor think you have time to try other therapies, I have some safe suggestions.

An Integrative Approach To Healing Hemorrhoids:

Improve your sitz baths by adding a cup of strong anti-inflammatory chamomile or comfrey tea to the water. If you have spasms, try adding a dropper of valerian root tincture.

Two citrus bioflavonoids, diosmin and hesperidins, accelerated healing and reduced pain in a French study of 120 people with hemorrhoids. A high amount of hesperidins is in the Hot Flash Formula I helped create (800-728-2288). If you have both hot flashes and hemorrhoids, this formula would be ideal. It won’t hurt you if you don’t have hot flashes. Or take 1,000 mg of mixed bioflavonoids along with 500 mg or more of vitamin C.

Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is an herb I’ve talked about before. It, and all other herbs suggested for hemorrhoids, are approved by the American Botanical Council’s Expanded Commission E Monographs for safety and efficacy. The ABC suggests a standardized extract containing 20 mg escin, its active ingredient. Horse chestnut is often combined with other herbs that improve circulation, such as bilberry and gingko. Dose: Use according to label instructions.

Butcher’s broom (Ruseus aculeatus) is used for fragile veins and varicose veins, as well as acute attacks of hemorrhoids. It can both reduce pain and treat the source of the problem. Butcher’s broom is approved for the itching and burning from hemorrhoids. Dose: 7-11 mg of ruscogenin a day.

Witch hazel leaf (Hamamelis virginiana: This astringent herb has been approved both for inflammation and for hemorrhoids. You can use witch hazel both internally and topically. Drink an herb tea made from its bark and leaves two or three times a day between meals. Or apply an ointment or salve that contains witch hazel.