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How To Get Rid Of Hemorrhoids

Updated on November 27, 2012

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, or piles as they are also known, are veins by the anus that swell due to increased pressure. As you will see, there are many different reasons why this happens. Hemorrhoids can be very painful and on many occasions people claim they are unbearable to live with. As a long time sufferer of piles I can tell you that this is absolutely true. If you are a current victim, hopefully this lens will shed some light on the problem you have and give you some alternatives for dealing with them.

Pregnant Woman (Hemorrhoids)
Pregnant Woman (Hemorrhoids)

What Causes Hemorrhoids

And what you can do about it!

As mentioned above, hemorrhoids are usually caused by an increase in pressure on the veins in the rectal and pelvic area. Blood will pool within these veins and cause them to bulge and swell. This bulging and swelling will lead to the pain and irritation hemorrhoid sufferers feel.

Causes of Hemorrhoids:

1) Excessive straining while on the toilet can lead to hemorrhoids. By squeezing too hard you can pool the blood in the anal and pelvic veins and create a hemorrhoid. What is the remedy for this? Don't strain!

2) Sitting on the toilet too long can also create piles. When your body is in that position for a long period of time gravity forces the blood to be pooled in that region. The remedy for this one is to not sit for too long. A rule of thumb is that anyone sitting for over 5 minutes is taking too long. Hey guys, read the newspaper somewhere else!

3) Pregnancy is a major factor in the development of hemorrhoids. As the baby grows in size the mother's added weight has an enormous impact on the pressure to the anal area. Unfortunately, if you want to have a child there is no way around this one although you will see later on there are many fantastic remedies for hemorrhoids.

4) Every year that goes by makes you a stronger candidate for hemorrhoids. Don't you wish that would be the same for winning the lottery? The older a person gets the greater the odds of them getting hemorrhoids. Once again there is no fix for this situation!

5) If you are overweight or obese than you also have a great chance of having hemorrhoids at some point in your life. Being overweight in the abdomen and pelvic regions increase the chances of acquiring hemorrhoids greatly. In much the same breadth as pregnancy the added weight of obesity can create a hemorrhoid. Fortunately, there are many different programs out there where overweight people can get help in losing weight.

6) Excessive anal intercourse is a definite trigger for hemorrhoids. Studies have shown that there is a vast increase in cases of hemorrhoids for people who regularly take a part in anal intercourse.

7) A poor diet can create an environment where hemorrhoids reign supreme! Diets lacking fiber rich foods like fruits and vegetables make people susceptible to hemorrhoids. Eat those fruits and veggies like mama always told you to and you'll be in much better shape.

8) Tumors in the pelvic area can increase pressure on the veins and cause hemorrhoids. Unfortunately there isn't much you can do about this outside of visiting your doctor and using hemorrhoid remedies to relieve the symptoms.

What Are Hemorrhoids | Hemorrhoids Information and Education - Hemorrhoids Video on Youtube

Hemorrhoids are swollen and twisted veins located in the anal region that can be extremely discomforting and painful.

Internal Hemorrhoid
Internal Hemorrhoid

Types of Hemorrhoids

Internal and External Hemorrhoids

Generally, doctors will group hemorrhoids into two different types, external and internal. External hemorrhoids generally are the ones that cause the most pain. They emerge form the lower end of the anus or below the dentate line. The dentate line is simply the point where the skin of the anus and the lining of the rectum meet. External hemorrhoids sufferers often have immense pain and itching.

When a blood clot arises in the hemorrhoid, an external thrombosed hemorrhoid is born. This leads to a vast increase in swelling and pain. It increases the pain further when the person attempts to sit down or make a bowel movement. External thrombosed hemorrhoids can be very serious and will often require medical treatment.

An internal hemorrhoid forms above the dentate line or at the top of the anal canal. With internal hemorrhoids, it is uncommon for people to experience pain although it is possible on occasion to have severe pain. The symptoms associated with them are bleeding, discomfort, and fullness with a bowel movement.

A prolapsed internal hemorrhoid occurs when a hemorrhoid protrudes through the anus, usually during a bowel movement. When you go to the bathroom the stool pushes against the hemorrhoid upon exiting. This can cause bleeding and sometimes even pain. Generally, the hemorrhoid will retract into the anal canal or can be pushed back in. When it gets stuck outside the anus it is called incarceration of the hemorrhoid. This can require medical treatment as well.

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Quick Relief Tips

Always Consult Your Doctor First!

1) Eat fruits and veggies!

2) Purchase an over the counter hemorrhoid cream or something with hydrocortisone in it!

3) Drink lots of water

4) Take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

5) Use a cold ice pack to numb the area and reduce blood flow.

6) Take a luke-warm bath, just be sure not to have the water too hot or this could be very uncomfortable.

7) Exercise and take frequent walks.

8) Do not strain on the toilet.

9) Do not sit on the toilet or anywhere else for extended periods of time.

10) Use wet or moist towels when wiping!

Link List

Here are the best links for hemorrhoid information. Please take a look and let me know what you think

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      rockysharon1 4 years ago

      The pain is really very painful it is unbearable and some time it become very difficult so a proper care should be taken on time so as to protect the body from further damage.

      medication

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      cruzbecker21 6 years ago

      @julianbernar821: yup

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      NewDomainGuy 6 years ago

      @BestBizGuru: Aloe vera, garlic, and witch hazel are all good home remedies!

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      NewDomainGuy 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you I enjoyed your lens on the Russian language as well!

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      NewDomainGuy 6 years ago

      @willardchand24: Thank you very much!

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      julianbernar821 6 years ago

      @johnnysmith6956: Really not funny at all I hope you realize how serious this problem can be for some people who are unfortunate to get this and have to deal with it in their lives.

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      willardchand24 6 years ago

      great lens good infos

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very helpful lens. Thanks for informing us. Liked it!

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      franco1 6 years ago

      Hemorrhoids are the worst!!! Nice lens as it contains a lot of info people probably have no idea about. I know they are hereditary too cause my dad had them as bad as i do.

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      johnmarkusen 6 years ago

      @junebug65: do you still have them or have you gotten rid of them?

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      johnnysmith6956 6 years ago

      @lallaig19: he he they are.....

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      lallaig19 6 years ago

      @BestBizGuru: yes, eating fruits and drinking lots of gatorade, plus use an anti-itch cream

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      lallaig19 6 years ago

      @johnnysmith6956: ?.... they are not funny....

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      johnnysmith6956 6 years ago

      he he hemorrhoids ha ha!

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      BestBizGuru 6 years ago

      anybody know of any good home remedies?

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      markrecham 6 years ago

      Nice lens, check mine our!

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      lallaig19 6 years ago

      @samsarah: I got hemorrhoids when i was pregnant too

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      junebug65 6 years ago

      @johnmarkusen: agreed

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      probert1234 6 years ago

      great info!

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      NewDomainGuy 6 years ago

      @writerkath: Thank you. I read your lens on getting a job after prison and really liked it. Also, your blog is great too. I really enjoyed the giving and receiving article. Thanks :)

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      massygal12 6 years ago

      @writerkath: Yeah it is difficult. Had them when I was pregnant. Good lens!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      It's always difficult to bring up topics like this, but you undoubtedly are helping a lot of people by bringing it into the open! Nice lens!

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      BestBizGuru 6 years ago

      @marianne sequeira: yeah i know

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      BestBizGuru 6 years ago

      Interesting lens, I have about half those factors looks like I need some work!!!

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      marianne sequeira 6 years ago

      I did not know there were so many factors that contributed to Hemorrhoids, interesting lens

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      samsarah 6 years ago

      Had hemorrhoids when I was pregnant, ughh it was so annoying!!!!

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      pippin1212 6 years ago

      never had hemroids but i found this lens to be really interesting....

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      johnmarkusen 6 years ago

      hemroids are some of the worst things ever and its unimaginable how bad they really are. if you ever had them then you know what i'm talking about if you haven't consider yourself lucky.