Hemorrhoids: Symptoms and Treatment

Hemorrhoids, almost everyone has had them or will have them at sometime in their life. So, just what is a hemorrhoid? A hemorrhoid is nothing more than a swollen vein that are in the anus or outside of the anus. Hemorrhoids are simply varicose veins of the anal area. A person can have hemorrhoids outside of the anus, inside the anus, or a combination of both inside and outside the anus. These veins become swollen for a variety of reasons. Most women have heard tales of how bad hemorrhoids are when they are pregnant. This is because of the pressure caused by the stomach as the women grows larger. These hemorrhoids may get worse at delivery time due to the straining to give birth. Being overweight can be a cause for hemorrhoids. Other causes can be work related. A person that is continually lifting weights have hemorrhoids due to the increased pressure to the pelvic area. People that sit for long periods are prone to develop hemorrhoids. Any time there pressure that causes an increased blood flow to the pelvic and rectal area the veins become larger and hemorrhoids may develop. Constipation or diarrhea is another cause for hemorrhoids, both inside and outside of the anus. By straining at having a bowel movement or straining during diarrhea, the veins in and around the anus can become filled with blood and get larger. When the walls of the veins stretch they can become weaker and bleeding may develop. The highest incidence of hemorrhoids can be seen between the ages of 20 through 50. It is hard to determine the number of people with hemorrhoids because the majority of people are self medicating and treating themselves at home.

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

The most common complaint or symptom is itching of the anal area. Bright blood may be seen on the tissue upon cleaning after a bowel movement. There may be mucus on the bowel movement or it may be seen on the tissue paper after cleaning the anal area. If a large amount of blood is seen on the tissue paper or in the toilet bowl this can be a symptom of another disease. If a large amount of blood is seen seek immediate medical attention. Another symptom that many report is a feeling of fullness in the rectum, even after having a bowel movement. Pain is usually not seen, but can occur. A blood clot can form in these veins. If this occurs, there is pain and a hard lump forms that is easily felt. Report this to your doctor.