Whats a hemorrhoids and how to get rid of it?
One of the most well known diseases of the “embarrassing” kind is hemorrhoids. Swollen veins around your anus. Doesn’t sound very appealing does it? The anus is a very sensitive and private area so many people are reluctant to seek help. There are several levels of hemorrhoids. Some are uncomfortable and cause slight anal bleeding while defecating, and some make your life living hell, to the point of being unable to poop, walk or sit even. In extreme scenarios patients might even need surgery.
What are hemorrhoids?
Let’s start with the definition of hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around your anus and inside your rectum. Since we all poop, sooner or later you might be faced with these swollen veins. These swollen parts are very prone to irritation and are very likely to hurt. The pain ranges from mild to very severe. When torn, these swollen veins can get infected and bleed profusely. These are of course extreme scenarios that can easily be prevented by a bit of “rectal knowledge”.
There are two types of hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids, as you would expect, are inside the rectum and you usually cannot feel them directly. They mostly don’t hurt because you don’t have a lot of pain receptors in that area. They do bleed however, which is a good indicator but a bad omen. External hemorrhoids are the ones that people generally think of when they hear the word hemorrhoids. They are veins under the skin that bulge outwards creating a fleshy appearance. These are the ones that can cause severe pain and discomfort. They might greatly impact your everyday life, preventing you from doing perhaps the simplest of tasks. These bad boys are the ones that make you dread going to the toilet.
What causes hemorrhoids?
You might be surprised to hear that there is a genetic part to hemorrhoids too. If your daddy or mommy get hemorrhoids often, chances are you are going to get them at some point of your life too. Hemorrhoids during pregnancy are not rare, since pregnancy takes a big toll on a woman’s body. Obesity, bad diet, stress, overexertion when lifting heavy weights, pushing too hard on the toilet and long toilet sessions are also big contributors to hemorrhoids.
How to prevent hemorrhoids?
The best cure is prevention as always. Staying well hydrated, daily exercise, weight control, having a fibrous diet and hitting the toilet ASAP when you need to can greatly reduce the risk of getting hemorrhoids. Even if you do have hemorrhoids, following these steps will make your life a lot easier.
As embarrassing as it might be, hemorrhoids is no joke. Never be afraid to seek medical help. Even if it is just a tiny vein bulging out that is making you anal bleed a bit, getting the opinion of your doctor is never a bad idea. Regardless of the severity, proper medication can make the healing process a lot faster and less painful.