Do you feel extreme irritation, itching in and around your anal area?!
Do you find blood stain in your stool or toilet paper after your bowel movement?!
Are your experiencing a painful bowel movement?!
Do you feel a painful or itchy lump near your anus?!
If your answer to the above questions is a yes and you are suffering from these issues, there is a great chance that you are suffering from Hemorrhoids, or what many even calls Piles!
But don’t worry as you are not alone. It is said that many of the adults suffer from Hemorrhoids or Piles at some point in their lives. According to a recent study, 50% of the population, by the age of 50 has experienced this painful issue and are in need of medical help. But, strikingly only 4% actually take it seriously and decide on taking medical help. Most feel embarrassed to talk or disclose about it. Thus this goes unattended for long periods of time, aggravating the problem to make it worse.
The fact is that if taken care of in its early stage, Hemorrhoids is easily preventable with just few dietary and lifestyle changes. But if ignored for an extended period of time, it can cause some really painful experiences, which may be followed by many painful surgical procedures. This can surely be avoided!
Although it is more common among adults between the age of 45 – 65, children and the younger lot is also vulnerable to it.
It is also seen that women are less likely to suffer from hemorrhoids as compared to men. But many women experience hemorrhoid pain during pregnancy quite often. The chance of suffering from this ailment increases with age due to the weakening of tissues.
Now let’s understand “What exactly is Hemorrhoids or Piles“?!
Hemorrhoids are actually veins in the anus or lower rectal region, made up of blood vessels, connective tissues and muscle, whose main function is to maintain proper fecal functioning like preventing any leakage of stool or liquid through the sphincter at the end of the digestive tract. They are like cushions that help controlling the stool. But when due to constant pressure or strain, the blood vessels gets damaged, it results in swollen and inflamed veins in your anus or lower rectum. These swollen veins are the main cause of the discomfort, itchiness or pain we experience, especially during bowel movements.
The major reasons from the increased pressure causing hemorrhoids are chronic diarrhea or constipation, putting to my strain during bowel movement or sitting on the toilet for prolonged periods of time, poor or low-fibre diet , obesity, pregnancy, aging, anal intercourse etc.
There are 2 types of hemorrhoids – Internal Hemorrhoids and External Hemorrhoids.
As the names suggests, Internal Hemorrhoids are located inside the rectum. They are usually painless until few symptoms shows up such as bright red blood stains in the stool or in the toilet paper or blood dripping out during bowel movement. It may also be associated with pain and itching.
External hemorrhoids are the type when the veins outside the rectum swell up. They can be seen and protruded lumps felt outside the anus. Few of the symptoms associated with this type is irritation and itchiness in and around the anal area, swelling, possible leakage of stool and liquid along blood stains. External hemorrhoids, when thrombosed are the most painful and the ugliest once. The pain is due to the fact that it is prolapsed and forms blood clots inside it. They may turn purple or blue in color and may even burst during excretion of solid. Although it’s not as bad as it sound as it resolves typically within 2 –3 days. The swelling may however take few more days to subside. But if the pain persists, it’s better to get medical advice asap.
Few of the things that can relief you from the pain and irritations are taking good care of your hygiene. The anal area must be kept clean and dry. Take good well-balanced healthy diet with high-fiber content and drink plenty of water. Regular exercise is also pretty helpful. We will be discussing this in greater details in the coming that will provide you with lots of natural and holistic ways to cure your hemorrhoid and live a comfortable life.
You can watch the video below that will explain you a little bit more on Hemorrhoids!
Till then, take good care of yourself! 🙂