By Rex Walters
Hemorrhoids are abnormally swollen veins in the anus and rectum. When these veins are irritated, they cause surrounding surfaces to swell, burn, itch, become distressing, and even bleed.
Hemorrhoids bleed when the arteries rupture, for example from straining in a bowel movement. Because bleeding can be suggestive of cancer of the colon or colon polyps, you need to talk with your doctor whenever you have bleeding from the rectum, blood on your stools, or blood in the toilet after a bowel movement.
Risk factors and causes in addition to bowel problems and straining with bowel movements include constant sitting, gut rot, dreadful or protracted coughing, pregnancy and childbirth, or heavy lifting.
Conservative measures are successful in assuaging symptoms for most patients with hemorrhoidal illness :
Clinical tests have proven that adding fiber to the diet through augmentation with psyllium or acceptable commercially available fiber preparations may noticeably reduce bleeding episodes connected with hemorrhoidal disease. Psyllium as well as methylcellulose adds bulk to stools, making them softer and easier to pass.
Irritation and itching ( pruritus ) :
Irritation and pruritus associated with hemorrhoids may be treated by numerous measures including the following :
Warm sitz baths – During sitz baths, the rectal area is submerged in warm water for approximately ten to 15 mins two to three times daily. Sitz baths are available in most drugstores ; additionally, conveyable bowls are commonly available that allow for their use at work. The usefulness of warm sitz baths may be due partly to relaxation of the internal anal sphincter.
Fiber supplementation may help to diminish itching probably related to fecal soilage, since their bulking effect may reduce leakage of anal contents.
Application of varied pain-relieving ( drug ) creams :
Creams and suppositories, especially hydrocortisone, should not be used for longer than one week unless directed by your doctor, since they may lead to certain complications, such as skin rash and inflammation ( contact rash ) with pain-relieving creams or skin wasting ( atrophy ) with steroid creams.
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