What Are Hemorrhoids? How Do We Prevent And Treat Them?

November 19th, 2009 | by admin |

The Encarta dictionary describes them as painful varicose veins in the canal of the anus. It’s little wonder then why so many victims of this awful infliction, also known more commonly as piles, choose to suffer in silence.

Quite often anal bleeding is a common symptom of hemorrhoids which can be either internal or external. The internal types are those which cannot be seen and have to be diagnosed by your doctor, whereas the external ones can easily be seen and identified with the naked eye.

Many folks see having piles as extremely embarrassing, and as a consequence a lot of people chose to ignore the problem and hope they will go away on their own. Sometimes this will happen, but it really is ludicrous to drag out something which can be quite often cleared up quickly and easily with over-the-counter treatments.

There are actually quite a number of over the counter hemorrhoids treatment products available and it’s important to point out that both the doctor and pharmacist have seen and heard about a lot worse conditions and complaints than a few common piles.

Don’t suffer in silence if you think you have hemroids, as it really is unnecessary. Millions of folks have had them before you just as millions more will experience them long after yours have cleared up. Just explain your symptoms specifically and the experts will be able to choose a product which is most appropriate for your condition.

There are many causes of hemorrhoids, but the good news is that most can be easily prevented by changing certain dietary habits and lifestyle. Once again, you will get a proper prognosis from your doctor or pharmacist.

Here are some of the more common causes of hemorrhoids which may help you to prevent future cases if you take the necessary precautions: Straining during a bowel movement is a common cause as it poor diet. Obesity can be a problem just as it is in most health issues in the modern world. Pregnant women can sometimes be susceptible to hemorrhoids. Lack of exercise (also linked to obesity), constipation (linked to diet), and sitting and straining on the toilet for prolonged periods of time also contribute to the development of hemorrhoids

There are more causes, but the above mentioned are among the most common. Sometimes, some people will suffer with painful piles no matter what they do to try and prevent them, but the good news is there are many products available which both relieve the pain and irritation, and cure the hemorrhoids altogether.

Don’t suffer in silence, as hemorrhoids are often very easily treatable so long as you catch them at the early stages of the condition.

Gary Tooth
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  1. 9 Responses to “What Are Hemorrhoids? How Do We Prevent And Treat Them?”

  2. By Jolly Good Fella on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    How to prevent Hemorrhoids ?
    what is the best medicine to treat Hemorrhoids ? (I Reside in India)

  3. By sunshine_today on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    eat more fiber. Sounds counter-intuitive, but the reason you get ‘roids is from too much straining on dry turds. eat enough fiber and you’ll have regular movements without the hemorroids.
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  4. By Josh on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    fiber fiber fiber
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  5. By byderule on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    dont sit on wet walls and take preperation H
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  6. By Sugar PIe on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Keep your bowels regular w/ high fiber foods. This will prevent straining with constipation, which is usually the cause of hemorrhoids. Once you’ve got them, use stool stofteners (docusate sodium) and treat them w/ something like Preparation H (not sure if available in India– Yellow tube/box/ blue writing). If they last over about 8 days, see a doctor.
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  7. By diva eva on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    eat fruit on a regular basis
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  8. By fiorisyl on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    To prevent hemorrhoids, prevent constipation. Eat whole grains,fruits vegetables and drink lots of water. Walking is good too. I treat hemorrhoids with a medication called Anusol and aloe vera is also soothing. Some people use witch hazel and there are towelettes called Tucks which are also soothing.
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  9. By a2222nath on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    The best treatment of haemorrhoids is prevention.

    The diet should be modified to increase fibre and bulk. This may be achieved using pharmacological bulking agents.

    This approach may also prevent deterioration in patients who already have piles.

    The time spent defecating should be minimised.
    Bulk-forming laxative agents include:

    bran
    ispaghula husk
    methylcellulose
    sterculia granules
    Bulk-forming laxatives:

    have been shown to decrease abdominal pain and improve stool consistency
    bulk-forming laxatives they are only required if dietary fibre cannot be increased sufficiently – an effective bulk-forming preparation is unprocessed wheat bran (taken with food or fruit juice)
    not appropriate for acute relief, as they may take several days to work, but they are a good option for long-term control
    bulk-formng agents increase stool bulk. The increased stool bulk then stimulates peristalsis. Clearly to prevent obstruction, fluid intake must be maintained
    it is essential to drink adequate amounts of fluid when using bulk-forming laxatives to avoid intestinal obstruction.
    flatulence and abdominal distension are the most common side effects.
    Bulk forming laxatives are contraindicated in patients with existing bowel obstruction or faecal impaction.
    Laxatives are agents which promote bowel evacuation.

    They may be overused and abused. In excess, they may cause diarrhoea, dehydration, hypokalaemia, atonic bowel and weight loss.
    Most authors agree that low-fiber diets cause small-caliber stools, which result in straining with defecation. This increased pressure causes engorgement of the hemorrhoids, possibly by interfering with venous return. Pregnancy and abnormally high tension of the internal sphincter muscle can also cause hemorrhoidal problems, presumably by means of the same mechanism. Decreased venous return is thought of as the mechanism of action. Prolonged sitting on a toilet (eg, while reading) is believed to cause a relative venous return problem in the perianal area (a tourniquet effect), resulting in enlarged hemorrhoids. Aging causes weakening of the support structures, which facilitates prolapse. Weakening of support structures can occur as early as the third decade of life.

    Straining and constipation have long been thought of as culprits in the formation of hemorrhoids. This may or may not be true. Patients who report hemorrhoids have a canal-resting tone that is higher than normal. Of interest, the resting tone is lower after hemorrhoidectomy than before. This change in the resting tone is the mechanism of action of Lord dilatation, which is most commonly performed in the United Kingdom.

    Pregnancy clearly predisposes women to symptoms from hemorrhoids, although the etiology is unknown. Notably, most patients revert to their previously asymptomatic state after delivery. The relationship between pregnancy and hemorrhoids lends credence to hormonal changes or direct pressure as the culprit.

    Portal hypertension has often been mentioned in conjunction with hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoidal symptoms do not occur more frequently in patients with portal hypertension than in those without. Massive bleeding from hemorrhoids in these patients is unusual. Bleeding is very often complicated by coagulopathy. If bleeding is found, direct suture ligation of the offending column is suggested.

    Anorectal varices are common in patients with portal hypertension. Varices occur in the mid rectum, at connections between the portal system and the middle and inferior rectal veins. Varices occur more frequently in patients who are noncirrhotic, and they rarely bleed. Treatment is usually directed at the underlying portal hypertension. Emergent control of bleeding can be obtained with suture ligation. Portosystemic shunts and, more recently, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS) have been used to control hypertension and, thus, the bleeding.

    Attention to regular and soft bowel movements is important. Bulk agents (eg, psyllium seed) and oral fluids are important. Bathing in tubs for comfort and hygiene is part of the routine. Judicious narcotic administration relieves pain
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  10. By heartbroken on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    The best way to prevent hemorrhoids is to keep stools soft so they pass easily, thus decreasing pressure and straining, and to empty bowels as soon as possible after the urge occurs. Exercise, including walking, and increased fiber in the diet help reduce constipation and straining by producing stools that are softer and easier to pass.

    …tub baths several times a day in plain, warm water for about 10 minutes
    …application of a hemorroidal cream or suppository to the affected area for a limited time

    Preventing the recurrence of hemorrhoids will require relieving the pressure and straining of constipation. Doctors will often recommend increasing fiber and fluids in the diet. Eating the right amount of fiber and drinking six to eight glasses of fluid (not alcohol) result in softer, bulkier stools. A softer stool makes emptying the bowels easier and lessens the pressure on hemorrhoids caused by straining. Eliminating straining also helps prevent the hemorrhoids from protruding.

    Good sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. In addition, doctors may suggest a bulk stool softener or a fiber supplement such as psyllium (Metamucil) or methylcellulose (Citrucel).
    References :
    http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/hemorrhoids/#treatment

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