The enlarged veins located in the lower part of rectum and anus is known by the name “Hemorrhoids/ Piles” that millions all over the world suffer. No other living creatures apart from humans suffer from this painful and really embarrassing condition. Although most people think it abnormal but everyone has it in them. Its only when the hemorrhoidal cushions enlarge that hemorrhoid can cause problems or a condition.
Hemorrhoids can be of two types based on its position in the rectal area. Internal Hemorrhoids occur inside the rectum whereas the External Hemorrhoids, the thing which I’m writing on, are usually found on the opening of the anus.
Normally this ailment is more prone to happen to people covering the age of 50. Although they can be embarrassing to talk about, anyone can get hemorrhoids, even healthy young people in good shape. The people who have it have to deal with the itching, discomfort and bleeding, presence of a lump near the anus, itching or irritation in the anal region, leakage of feces, painless bleeding during bowel movements, pain or discomfort, swelling around the anus and few more humiliating signs and symptoms. External hemorrhoids are under the skin around the anus. Irritation is the default symptom of External Hemorrhoids, which can further cause itching or even bleeding. Sometimes while passing stool, blood may pool and can form a clot, resulting in a lot of pain, swelling and inflammation as well. They are also hygiene difficult and cases are there where clots can also develop because of the over straining while passing stool, which is the case after a period of constipation and diarrhea. If the vein ruptures and/or a blood clot develops, the external hemorrhoid is referred to as a thrombosed external hemorrhoid. Don’t panic by the big term, its just that, you have taken your hemorrhoids to the next level.
The causes of External Hemorrhoids are mainly due to constipation and straining during the bowel movements. Pregnancy can also be another cause. The most common cause is the prolonged sitting during a bowel movement. Sitting for long periods of time is also not at all good for External Hemorrhoids as it can worsen it. Other causes can be diarrhea, lifting heavy objects, poor posture, prolonged sitting, eating a diet low in fiber, anal intercourse, and being overweight.These conditions lead to increased pressure within the hemorrhoidal veins causing them to swell.
The best way to rid yourself of hemorrhoids is to change your lifestyle. But a lot of the time we don’t know this until we already have the hemorrhoids. If the suffering comes from sitting too long in office, then you should use a hemorrhoids pillow which are deigned to reduce pressure and can work well. Change your diet which is one of the very important things to do, have a good fiber rich diet, drink lots of water everyday. You can find fiber in large quantities in fruits and vegetables. Try to drink natural fiber laxatives everyday which will help you to make your stool softer so that not much pressure is required while passing stool.
Soaking in shallow bath with warm water will help reduce the swelling and relieve pain. Applying an ice pack on the affected area will also try to reduce the pain to a certain extent. Creams and lotions which contain hydrocortisone as the main ingredient can also be very well used which will provide instant relief from swelling and pain associated with External Hemorrhoids. Mild exercises can also be made a part of your daily routines. Use this, let the painful battle that you lead with Hemorrhoids every morning come to an end.