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Facts about Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids or piles are condition affecting the bloodvessels in the rectal area of the body. Swelling of these blood vessels may beeither internal or external.

Internal hemorrhoids are characterized by the swelling of theveins inside the rectum. The condition is known to cause pain and in some casesveins might get pushed outside the rectum. This problem is called prolapsedinternal hemorrhoids and hemorrhoids can be seen as lightly red soft tissue aroundthe rectum.

External hemorrhoids are normally located on the edge of theanus, and when these veins become inflamed or swollen. Doctors usually see brownbumps around the opening of the anus. Exposure and friction may causeirritation, itchiness and many patients suffering from external hemorrhoidsalso reported the bleeding and pain. Further worsening of this conditioninvolves blood clots and thrombosis of these hemorrhoids.

Treatments may include drugs or homeopathic remedies. There aremany OTC (over the counter) creams and gels for hemorrhoids and they usuallycontain substances with anti-itching and numbing effects. On the market thereare also various products to relieve the pain caused by hemorrhoids. Butcher’sbroom tea or capsules are found to be effective treatment for hemorrhoids as well.

Cold compresses or ice packs on the affected area mayresolve the pain and inflammation, at least for some time and especially beforethe bowel movement. Hemorrhoid cushions are very useful if the person suffersfrom hemorrhoids and needs to sit all day at work. They take away the pressurefrom that particular part of the body and hemorrhoids can heal much faster thatway.

Diet changes are also proven to be beneficial, so peoplesuffering from hemorrhoids should use food rich in fibers. Dates, prunes, peas,spinach and broccoli are loaded with fibers and these patients should use themas much as possible. Also, there are plenty of fibers in cereals, brown rice,whole grains and whole wheat pasta and breads. Psyllium is known as fibersupplement, so hemorrhoid sufferers may also find and use it.

Duration of Hemorrhoids

It is not easy to answer to the question how long do hemorrhoidslast. Doctors need to take into account many different factors and even then,they can’t say for sure when they will pass in your case.

In general, it can be said that lasting of hemorrhoids dependson the severity of the problem and the pain it causes. There are patientssuffering just a week or so from this problem, and there are others, experiencinghemorrhoid problems for several years. Hemorrhoids are very common amongpregnant women, but this condition is transient and usually resolves after thechildbirth.

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