Hemorrhoids, What Are They

What are Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are inflammations of the anus or rectum.  These can be internal or external.  Both types can cause burning and itching.  Sometimes it is hard to have a bowel movement with hemorrhoids.  There is more pain associated with the external hemorrhoids because your stools can be hard and cause bleeding from the rectum.  If you see bright red blood in your stool, you should see your doctor to make sure that you have hemorrhoids and not a more serious condition.

The doctor can give a preliminary diagnosis with a rectal examination,  However, just be sure he may schedule an MRI.  The MRI can look inside to make sure there is nothing more serious going on.

If you do have external hemorrhoids it can be very uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time.  If you have a job where you are required to sit for 8 hours at a time, try to take short breaks from sitting by standing for 5 minutes or so.

Sometime hemorrhoids start when you are pregnant.  If this is the case you often cannot get rid of these until after the baby is born because you don't want to do anything that my injure your unborn child.

Treatment for outside hemorrhoids can include a cream such as Preparation H which can be purchased over the counter.  If the hemorrhoids are internal you may be able to use a suppository to help with internal hemorrhoids.

There are some things we can do to prevent hemorrhoids.  One of these is eating a diet that is high in fiber,  East such things as beans and fresh vegetables.  You should also make sure you drink plenty of water to help flush your system and prevent constipation.

If you think you have hemorrhoids, try the over the county drugs first.  if this does not clear up the condition, see your doctor. 


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