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Hemorrhoids are swollen veins near the anus. These veins are part of the anal sphincter, which is a muscle that opens and closes to let out stool. They can become enlarged and painful from direct pressure or straining.
Although anyone can get hemorrhoids, some people are more predisposed to this problem. About 70% of people will have the following symptoms at least once in their lives:
Many factors can cause hemorrhoids:
The symptoms of internal and external hemorrhoids are different. When hemorrhoids are internal, you can’t see them, and you also don't feel pain as the mucus membranes inside the rectum have no nerve endings. However, these hemorrhoids can bleed, and the blood can show up on toilet paper or in the toilet. They can also cause a feeling of heaviness in the rectum after a bowel movement.
When hemorrhoids are external, they are very painful. They get irritated and enlarged, can cause tingling and itching around the anus, and can bleed. You should see a doctor if they become painful, if they bleed frequently or abundantly, or if the bleeding turns dark red or almost black.
Although hemorrhoid symptoms can seem harmless, some situations require a medical consultation:
In the majority of cases, a change in lifestyle and diet is enough to prevent hemorrhoids. Here are a few tips:
Here are some recommendations to help heal your hemorrhoids.
In general, hemorrhoids go away on their own in a few days, but they can come back. Aside from surgery, no treatment can cure them. However, your pharmacist can give you advice about OTC medications available to relieve your symptoms:
If your hemorrhoids are painful or chronic, your doctor can recommend different procedures:
Don’t be embarrassed to talk to your pharmacist about hemorrhoid treatments and to get a recommendation for the best product for you. If your condition is serious, your pharmacist will let you know if you need to consult a doctor.
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