Does it pain, itch, burn or bleed down there? You probably know what it is, but don’t want to admit it: hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids is one of the most prevalent ailments in the US. In fact, one in every 8 individuals develop hemorrhoids after the age of 50. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it is possible to treat hemorrhoids even though many people continue to suffer silently and unnecessarily, purely out of shame. All of us have hemorrhoid veins at the inside and outside of the anus. However, in certain circumstances, these veins become swollen and tender. If symptoms persist, a check up with a physician will confirm the presence of hemorrhoids. The two main causes of hemorrhoids are bad food habits and constipation. As you can see, these causes are interconnected. Consuming processed food lacking in fibers leads to constipation. Weak bowel movements lead to straining on the toilet, which in turn cause the veins to swell and inflame. Certain other factors like heredity, ageing, the extensive use of laxatives, frequent bouts of diarrhea also lead to the inflammation of the hemorrhoids. In women, pregnancy is a contributing factor as the fetus exerts pressure on the veins. Luckily, quite a number of cases are treated naturally when contributory factors subside. Proper bowel movements accompany a healthy eating regimen. When that happens, the body heals itself. However, hemorrhoids get worse with age. Mild cases may be treated with over-the-counter ointments, creams and pads containing topical anti-inflammatory agents. Local treatment along with daily warm baths usually relieves symptoms. In case of persistent bleeding hemorrhoids, several surgical treatments are available. All of these procedures are aimed at cutting off or shrinking the external, inflamed vein. The kind of procedure used depends on the symptoms. For example, rubber band litigation, sclerotherapy and treatment through infrared light are procedures used in the early stages. A revolutionary new technique called stapling is also being tested out. In advanced cases, doctors surgically remove the tissue. Even though there are a number of treatments for hemorrhoids, none of these is a cure. Treatment simply aims at cutting away the inflamed vein. Therefore, chances of a relapse are very high. Which is why it is often said that if you’ve had hemorrhoids once, you have it forever. One of the best ways to get long-term relief from hemorrhoids seems to be to make healthy improvements to your lifestyle. The use of natural anti-inflammatory medicines may also be effective.