Warning Signs of Hemorrhoids are usually characterized by the variety of hemorrhoid that is developing. Hemorrhoids manifest as either internal hemorrhoids, or external hemorrhoids, with each scenario presenting a particular set of symptoms and remedies. Also known as piles or emerods, hemorrhoids occur when veins in the anus enlarge and breach the anal wall
Hemorrhoids develop on a continuum of severity, and can manifest in distinct ways. Each variety of the condition has its own symptoms and respective treatments, and each condition is subject to similar preventative measures. The purpose of this article is to acquaint you with five warning signs that frequently indicate you may have developed a hemorrhoidal condition, in addition to what are the general causes and symptoms, and standard treatment options associated with resolving hemorrhoidal flair-ups.
Hemorrhoids occur when excessive pressure is exerted on the veins of the anus during bowel movements. In the course of healthy digestive functions, the tissue that forms the anal wall acts as a receptacle for blood during bowel movements, which assists the body to regulate the flow of fecal matter. Over-straining can cause veins to stay enlarged, which may result in an eventual tear in the anal wall, leading to the formation of the hemorrhoid. Other conditions such as chronic diarrhea or the attendant pressure on the pelvic region women experience during pregnancy can also contribute to the formation hemorrhoids.
•Bleeding during bowel movements and residual blood deposited on toilet paper after wiping the anus.
•Itching, burning, rectal discomfort, and pain associated with cleaning the infected area.
•Blood on the surface of the stool, mucosal residue on toilet paper following wiping.
•The sensation of fullness after having had a bowel movement.
•Severe pain if the hemorrhoid is bulging and subsequently squeezed by the anal muscles.
Hemorrhoids are typically treated first with some course of home hemorrhoid treatment. There are a number of strategies designed to address hemorrhoidal flair-ups, starting with changes to one’s diet. Increasing the amount of fiber in one’s diet, with either dietary fiber or bulk fiber, is the first course of action typically suggested, which also includes increasing the amount of water one consumes as well as taking in greater quantities of fruits, grains, and vegetables. Using stool softeners to achieve easier bowel movements and applying ointments to reduce the itching associated with hemorrhoids are also common recommendations, in addition to bathing in warm water three times a day, which helps to retard symptoms such as swelling and burning. In the event one’s hemorrhoids are of a more severe degree, a doctor’s intervention might be required. In the event one’s condition does not respond to the remedies suggested, discuss with a doctor what other courses of action are available and best suited to your situation.
In the event one is experiencing any or all of these symptoms there is a likelihood that hemorrhoids have developed. However, do not assume that hemorrhoids are present, and if possible consult with a doctor to ensure the symptoms are not the result of another condition or disorder, some of which present symptoms similar to hemorrhoidal symptoms. Depending on the kind on hemorrhoids one has, its severity and the attending symptoms, a treatment plan will likely be created to help address the specific situation. Baring in mind the importance of prevention through both dietary changes and alterations to lifestyle, being well informed is the most efficient means to properly responding to the Warning Signs of Hemorrhoids.
David Gilbert received his BA from U.C.L.A. He is currently doing graduate work in psychology at the California Graduate Institute, LA ,CA. Throughout his career in the mental health field he has worked clinically with several populations, and also contributed to academic works whose topics address both health and mental health issues
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