What Are Hemorroids

Mention the word Hemorrhoids and most of us would rather sit in a bath of cold beans than discuss the condition in public. Did you know that Hemorrhoids affect up to 50% of over 50’s and varies from a brief short lived episode to a continuing debilitating condition?

What are Hemorrhoids? Well, inside the anus there is a soft layer called Mucosal Cushions which are soft and very vascular plus when areas of these cushions become enlarged and the blood vessels bulge, they are called Hemorrhoids.

What are the symptoms of Hemorrhoids? Well you can suffer a number of symptoms. Hopefully you won’t experience them all and hopefully you will not suffer from all of them at the same time. The symptoms of Hemorrhoids generally are Anal Itching and discomfort, an anal lump at the outer rim of your anus which might be engorged and tender, pain when you are passing stools and a feeling that you haven’t emptied your bowels after going to the lavatory. You might also notice some unpleasant marks in your underwear.

Hemorrhoids home treatment can comprise of a healthy life style schedule of a fibre rich diet, exercise, prudent use of medicinal creams and pain relief. This lifestyle can only be adopted after seeing your GP to obtain your suspected diagnosis confirmed. It is not sensible however embarrassed you might feel not to have your condition unchecked by your doctor. Lots of more serious conditions such as bowel cancer have been missed owing to shyness.

I often get asked how to treat Hemorrhoids. My answer to this is it depends as the treatment as bleeding Hemorrhoids are different from that of Thrombosed Hemorrhoid Treatment. A trip to the doctors will be required for External Haemorrhoid treatment for Thrombosis as this can be exceptionally painful and you will need the clot evacuated whereas bleeding Hemorrhoids may just require pressure. Hemorrhoids are graded and if your symptoms persist you might require hemorrhoid surgery and that can be as diverse as haemorrhoids laser treatment to haemorrhoidectomy or the up and coming treatment Doppler-Guided Hemorrhoidal Artery Ligation or the tried and tested Hemorrhoid banding. The choice is diverse but you need to check that the person doing your procedure is competent. You do not want to be somebody’s guinea pig.

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