Many people suffer from hemorrhoids and are unaware of simple treatments that can bring immediate and lasting relief. Many options are inexpensive and readily available through local pharmacies, super markets and even convenience stores.
What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids, known also as piles, are actually bulges on the blood vessels inside the alimentary canal, as well as inside or outside of the anus.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids
The usual symptoms include Symptoms include itching, tenderness, pain, swelling, bowel seepage, palpitations in the rectum, and in severe cases, bleeding.
There are many causes of hemorrhoids, but the main causes include:
- Irregular bowel movements
- Intense wiping
- Low intake of fiber rich foods
- Prolonged sitting
- Poor water consumption
- Hard physical activity
If there is blood in your stool, you should seek professional medical help, because it can be a sign of other conditions such as colon cancer.
Hemorrhoids are usually temporary and many products are available that can provide immediate relief. When combined with behavioral changes, permanent relief usually results. Many products exist in the form of creams, ointments and suppositories, the most popular being Preparation H, with the active ingredient Phenylephrine HCl. Ask your local pharmacist for his recommendation for an “over the counter” remedy.