Hemorrhoids are a very uncomfortable, extremely embarrassing, and sometimes painful ailment that can appear at any age, young or old. The great news though if you suffer from hemorrhoids is that with the right treatments you can get relief from the itching, pain, and discomfort in 24 to 48 hours, and can actually cure them within 5 to 8 days!
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It is estimated that over 50% of people suffer from hemorrhoids, which is quite a staggering number (so don’t worry, you are not alone!), but what exactly are they, and what causes them?
First of all remember that hemorrhoids are most commonly referred to as “piles” by the majority of people, and that there are also a variety of spellings of “hemorrhoid” like hemorrhoids, or sometimes “haemorrhoids”, but they are all referring to the same ailment.
Hemorrhoids are caused when the veins inside your anus or rectum become swollen and inflamed, they are in essence (in the beginning at least) no more than varicose veins inside your bottom.
What is believed to happen is that sometimes these veins become engorged with blood, making them prone to stretching or damage when you go to the toilet, and also it is thought that the increased pressure within your veins when they are full of blood may add to the problem.
Ordinarily this engorgement of your veins doesn’t cause a problem, but if you are constipated or passing large, harder stools, or straining then it can damage the veins.
Many women experience hemorrhoids during pregnancy, it is believed to be a combination of increased pressure with your veins, the added weight of your baby pressing down on your anus and rectum, and even perhaps hormonal changes that affect the veins.
Other causes or contributory factors to the formation of hemorrhoids are:
- Being overweight
- Genetics (some people seem to be predisposed to developing piles)
- Age (as the veins become older)
- Chronic Diarrhoea
- Sitting for long periods of time
You may or may not know, but there are 2 types of hemorrhoid.
In some cases these varicose veins or hemorrhoids are right up inside your bottom where you can’t see them (although you may feel them), which are known as Grade 1 internal hemorrhoids, but in other cases they can distend or hang down out through your bottom, which is known as a prolapsed internal hemorrhoid.
These are known as Grade 2. They are larger than the first type of hemorrhoid mentioned above, and if you have this type of distended internal hemorrhoid then you might notice at first that they pop out when you go to the toilet, but sometimes they will spring back inside your bottom by themselves.
If not you may find that you can push them back inside with a finger, these are known as Grade 3 hemorrhoids, if they permanently hang down out of your bottom and they cannot be pushed back inside then they are classed as Grade 4 hemorrhoids.
One rarer complication that can occur with the last 2 grades of hemorrhoid is where you develop a blood clot inside the hemorrhoid itself which causes a thrombosis, making it extremely painful not just when you go to the toilet, but even just sitting down on a chair.
Although the last 3 grades of hemorrhoid mentioned above all hang outside your body either permanently or intermittently, they are still classed as internal hemorrhoids, but as you are probably well aware there is also a type called an external hemorrhoid.
The external variety are not very common, they are formed when the veins at the outside edge or the opening of your anus become swollen or inflamed, sometimes they do not even cause any discomfort or other symptoms.
However, there is the same risk with this kind of hemorrhoid that it could develop a clot and become thrombosed as with the internal variety, and if this happens then you will need to get treatment quite urgently not least because it will be incredibly painful.
You’ll be pleased to know though that even in this worst case scenario, a thrombosed external hemorrhoid will usually be completely gone within 10 to 12 days if treated properly.
Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
As noted above the most common types of hemorrhoids are internal ones, and while it may seem counter intuitive, even those that hang down and pop out of your bottom are classed as internal hemorrhoids.
External hemorrhoids tend not to have symptoms unless the vein develops a clot and becomes thrombosed, in which case they become extremely painful and you will want to go and seek treatment, which is exactly the right thing to do!
The general symptoms associated with the internal variety of hemorrhoid are:
- Bleeding; This is usually caused by smaller hemorrhoids, the blood is in the form of “spotting” which you may notice on the bowl of the toilet, or you may notice blood when you wipe your bottom. There is usually no pain associated with this, and the symptoms may clear by themselves.
- Discharge of mucus; A discharge is usually indicative of bigger hemorrhoids. It is usually a clear mucus that can be discharged when for example you break wind, it can sometimes have a small amount of your stool in it.
- “Escaping” stools; Sometimes a small piece of your stool may be left behind the hemorrhoid, which then slowly works its way through to “seep out” later.
- Itching and irritation; Itching is a common symptom of hemorrhoids, as is irritation to your anus and rectum, this can be caused by the mucus discharge.
- Discomfort and pain; Discomfort and pain is a common symptom, the kind of pain is often described as being a “sore” pain rather than a sharp one, but of course different people may experience different feelings depending on the size, number, etc of their hemorrhoids.
- Feeling of a lump; You may experience a feeling of a lump inside your anus, this can also cause the sensation that you haven’t fully emptied your bowels.
Avoiding Hemorrhoids & Piles
It’s often said that prevention is the best cure, and if you’re already suffering then this won’t be of much comfort to you, but it is well worth looking at how to avoid the development of these problems in the first place, or of course their re-occurance.
1) Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids.
While most of the fluid you drink will be passed through your body as urine, some of it will make it’s way to your gut which helps to soften your stools, making passing them far easier.
You should aim to drink (assuming you’re an adult) 2 or more litres per day.
2) Eat plenty of fibre in your diet.
Fibre (like vegetables, fruit, rice, grain, etc) is extremely important in making sure that your stools are not hard and reduce the possibility of you becoming constipated.
So make sure that you eat lots.
3) Go to the toilet as soon as you feel the urge.
Holding on until you go to the toilet can cause your stools to become larger, harder, and can lead to constipation, so make sure that you go as soon as you need to.
4) Avoid painkillers with codeine as an active ingredient.
Codeine is known to contribute to constipation.
5) Avoid Straining.
Straining when you are going to the toilet puts your veins under enormous pressure and can lead to damage, which in turn leads to hemorrhoids.
If you are already suffering then you might be interested in looking at our hemorrhoid treatments page which explains the options open to you depending on your situation.
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