Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, is a condition where veins around the anus are ruptured or swollen. Often there is an acute burning sensation, inflammation, and sometimes bloody stools. Treatment for severe piles may require surgical removal.
What Causes Hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids are usually caused by big pressure forced upon the rectum or anus often from (but not limited to) constipation, heavy lifting, and remaining seated for very long periods of time. These things can all put stress on the rectal/anal area and cause veins to bulge. These bulging veins in the rectal area are what hemorrhoids are. When someone who has developed hemorrhoids goes to the bathroom or sits down, their condition is further aggravated and inflamed. As you can imagine this can be very frustrating since sitting and going to the bathroom are two things we all the time.
Bad Cases Of Hemorrhoids In bad cases of hemorrhoids, the inflamed blood vessels actually burst, this very painful and results in bleeding hemorrhoids (sometimes a blood clot can even develop). When hemorrhoids get to this point they are called thrombosed hemorrhoids. However, in most cases people suffering from hemorrhoids discover their condition before this happens.
Hemorrhoids removal options include the following: 1. Rubber Band Ligation – this method is less painful. It includes the use of rubber band wrapped in hemorrhoids base that leads to the disappearance of blood supply and gradual fall off of hemorrhoids. 2. Hemorrrhoidectomy – in this method the broken blood vessels are actually eliminated. That is why it is considered a direct form of surgery. 3. Laser coagulation surgery – the veins in the hemorrhoids shrink due to the use of electrical current and leads to the absence of blood supply. 4. Infrared photocoagulation – the sufferer undergoes almost the same result with the use of laser. Hemorrhoids are burned, therefore causing tissue scarring and eventually leads to removal. 5. Injection of some chemicals (Sclerotherapy) – this remedy is considered less efficient than rubber band ligation; yet, medical experts believe this is still useful in treating certain types of piles. Chemical solutions are injected in hemorrhoid membranes that cause it to shrink and die.
Prevention Even if you know how to shrink hemorrhoids, it's better to prevent them. To prevent hemorrhoids: 1. Avoid sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time. 2. Avoid sitting on the toilet for very long. 3. Avoid either constipation or diarrhea. Eat a high-fiber diet, drink lots of water and exercise regularly to prevent constipation. Avoid stimulating laxatives, which can cause diarrhea. Use bulk laxatives or stool softeners if you become too constipated.
Treatment Home treatment of hemorrhoids usually provides relief within a few days. The best hemorrhoid home treatment is based on knowing how to shrink hemorrhoids. Here are some things that help: 1. Sitting in a warm bathtub several times a day for 15-20 minutes. 2. Applying ice packs to the rectal area for 15-20 minutes two or three times a day 3. Keeping the rectal area clean and dry. Avoid soap, which is drying. Cleanse the area with plain water and gently pat dry or use a blow dryer set on low. 4. Using wipes or moistened toilet paper after a bowel movement instead of dry paper.
Whenever possible, it's best to manage health conditions with quality, effective natural products. They are gentle, well tolerated and have fewer side effects than traditional medications. Even acetaminophen and ibuprofen-which many people take for home treatment of hemorrhoid pain-have severe and sometimes fatal side effects if you don't use them carefully. NEVER exceed the recommended dosage of these medications unless your physician tells you to.
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