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What Are Hemorrhoids and How Can I Treat Them?

Aug 28, 2008
Hemorrhoids is a common condition and it afflicts thousands of people day in and day out. You may have never had an instance of hemorrhoids, and may be wondering if you are possibly having one now. Let's take a look at some of the indicators to tell whether you may have this affliction, and some simple remedies to deal with them. This information is given as heath and nutritional in nature, and as always, seek professional medical advice before using any information.

The term hemorrhoid refers to a condition when the veins around the anus or rectum become swollen and inflamed. This usually results in eruptions and inflammation in this area which is not only painful but typically is dry and itchy as well. Not only do you experience pain, but there is also a great deal of emotional stress. Hemorrhoids caused Napoleon to sit side-saddle, sent President Jimmy Carter to the operating room, and benched baseball star George Brett during the 1980 World Series. Over two thirds of all healthy people reporting for physical examinations have hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids are classified into four degrees, depending on severity, so that they can more easily be evaluated for possible surgery. Internal hemorrhoids occur higher up in the anal canal, out of sight. Bleeding is the most common symptom of internal hemorrhoids, and often the only one in mild cases. External hemorrhoids are visible-occurring out side the anus. They are basically skin-covered veins that have ballooned and appear blue. Usually they appear without any symptoms. When inflamed, however, they become red and tender.

There are many causes of hemorrhoids, from straining to pass stool to pregnancy, aging, constipation, and trauma or injury to the anus. Many times, this can be caused by exercise, and stress. Since the condition of hemorrhoids almost always tends to get worse over the years, safe, gentle, and effective treatment for hemorrhoids are advocated as soon as they occur.

Many pharmacies carry over-the-counter medications for hemorrhoids and most of these work quite well to quell the burning and itching feeling and to help reduce swelling and inflammation. In general, if you have minor swelling or flare ups, over the counter medications can help.

However, if you have chronic and constant flare-ups, you may want to consider if there is something you're doing to bring these on yourself and what you can do to actually stop them from happening in the first place. Think back to your current situation and see if it was your current diet, maybe stress at work, or less exercise.

If you're pregnant, keep in mind that hemorrhoids usually happen because the weight of the fetus puts strain on your digestive tract and intestines. This usually means that you have a tendency to strain when you use the bathroom, whether you're aware of this or not. For those who are usually constipated or who have problems passing stool, some changes in the diet can be very helpful.

Typically adding fiber and increasing one's water intake can go a long way toward reducing the outbreaks of hemorrhoids. Fiber helps to break food down and move it along the digestive tract and softens stools so they're easier to pass. Fiber is found in natural fruits and vegetables and whole grains; try eating more salads and fresh fruits and foods such as oatmeal or whole wheat bread.

If you don't like drinking water, try drink mixes such as Crystal Light. Switch to sugar-free and decaffeinated versions of your favorite beverages so you can drink more without gaining weight or staying up at night. Usually small changes to one's diet like these are enough to at least lessen the chances of hemorrhoids.

When it's time to use the bathroom, be mindful of your habits. Straining can cause problems including hemorrhoids. Give yourself plenty of time and privacy. And if you do all of this and still find that your symptoms consistently return, then it's time to speak to a medical doctor.

Common vitamins and over the counter products can help with the inflammation of the veins such as Quercitin, Vitamin E and Ginkgo Plus. Quercitin is a well known flavonoid. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants and can reduce inflammation boost the immune system and strengthen blood vessels and improve circulation. Quercitin is also known for its ability to block the release of histamines, thus reducing or preventing allergy symptoms. Vitamin E accelerates wound healing and aids in the functioning of the immune system. Ginkgo Plus supplies a comprehensive range of important nutrients needed for the proper functioning of the vascular system and for improving blood circulation.

Lastly, the best way to prevent hemorrhoids is to keep stools soft so they pass easily, thus decreasing pressure, and to empty bowels without undue straining as soon as possible after the urge occurs. Exercise, including walking, and eating a high fiber diet, help reduce constipation and straining by producing stools that are softer and easier to pass.
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