Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are also called piles are swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum and anus. Sometimes the walls of these blood vessels stretch so thin that the veins bulge and get irritated, especially when you poop.

Hemorrhoids are one of the most common causes of rectal bleeding. They’re rarely dangerous and usually clear up in a couple of weeks. But you should see your doctor to make sure it’s not a more serious condition. He can also remove hemorrhoids that won’t go away or are very painful

Classifications of hemorrhoids

  • Internal hemorrhoids are far enough inside the rectum that you can’t usually see or feel them. They don’t generally hurt because you have few pain-sensing nerves there. Bleeding may be the only sign of them.
  • External hemorrhoids are under the skin around the anus, where there are many more pain-sensing nerves, so they tend to hurt as well as bleed.

Sometimes hemorrhoids prolapse, or get bigger and bulge outside the anal sphincter. Then you may be able to see them as moist bumps that are pinker than the surrounding area. And they’re more likely to hurt, often when you poop.

Prolapsed hemorrhoids usually go back inside on their own. Even if they don’t, they can often be gently pushed back into place.

A blood clot can form in an external hemorrhoid, turning it purple or blue. This is called a thrombosis. It can hurt and itch a lot and could bleed. When the clot dissolves, you may still have a bit of skin left over, which could get irritated.

Some people may be more likely to get hemorrhoids if other family members, like their parents, had them.

A buildup of pressure in your lower rectum can affect blood flow and make the veins there swell. That may happen from extra weight, when you’re obese or pregnant. Or it could come from:

  • Pushing during bowel movements
  • Straining when you do something that’s physically hard, like lifting something heavy

People who stand or sit for long stretches of time are at greater risk, too.

You may get them when you have constipation or diarrhea that doesn’t clear up. Coughing, sneezing, and vomiting could make them worse.

Hemorrhoids don’t always cause symptoms, so you may not realize you have them. Most commonly, you could:

  • Feel discomfort, itching, or pain around your anus
  • See blood on the toilet paper or in the toilet bowl when you go to the bathroom
  • Get moist, pink bumps around the edge of or bulging out from your anus (These may look purple or blue, too.)

Prevention

High-Fiber Diet

It’s the best thing for hemorrhoids: A diet rich in high-fiber foods and with few processed foods. Eat mostly vegetables, fruit, nuts, and whole grains to avoid constipation.

If you can’t get enough fiber from food, your doctor may want you to take a fiber supplement or stool softener. Don’t take laxatives, because they can cause diarrhea that could irritate hemorrhoids.

Drink seven to eight glasses of water each day, at least a half-gallon total. If you’re very active or you live in a hot climate, you may need even more.

Even if your doctor prescribes medication or suggests surgery, you’ll probably need to change your diet. Introduce new foods slowly to avoid gas.

Treatment

Basing on our past experience at Crest Natural Health Centre we have treated many cases of nature without surgery.