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How do we get hemorrhoids?

By November 29, 2008 - 3:40pm
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Is it possible to have hemorrhoids and not even know it? How do you actually get hemorrhoids?

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Hi, I have to agree with Susan. You can have hemorrhoids and now it. well some of the symptoms can be pain and blood in the stool. For many in begging they don't even notice that they have them and this can be a big issue. The sooner you notice them the easier will it be to cure them. Not if you even think that you have them you should immediately stop eating spicy food or if you are stop practicing any anal sexual activities. I have read that people who are practicing this can easily get hemorrhoids.
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So the important thing is to take good care as soon as you notice that something is wrong.

February 2, 2010 - 5:41am
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Hi Cindy!

Hemorrhoids are swollen (varicose) veins in the rectal region that cause discomfort during bowel movements or even sitting down at times and can also itch. They can be internal or external.

Lots of ways to get hemorrhoids, I'm afraid. Pregnancy is a major factor - in fact, up to three quarters of pregnant women can suffer from them, due to pressure of a growing baby in the uterus, and constipation - another common issue with pregnancy. Straining during childbirth also causes them, as well as constipation after birth, particularly after a c-section.

It is also thought that general constipation (not pregnancy related) is to blame as well as a diet lacking in fiber. Dehydration may also be a factor, so drink plenty of water.

There is no definitive cause or solution to hemorrhoids. Although it is thought that the factors listed above are directly related to hemorrhoids, they essentially remain one of natures horrid little mysteries. They can cause bleeding, severe discomfort and can actually cause a person to become constipated from an emotional reaction to them. People are literally too afraid to move their bowels.

If you do suffer from them, there are some ways to help.

A sitz bath is often recommended for pregnant women and anyone can take one. You simply use a small basin, like a portable potty, and sit in it with warm water inside. Some people prefer a saline solution but salts or scents or bubble bath solution is not recommended. Plain water will suffice.

Ice packs can help to shrink the veins.

A diet filled with water and fiber.

Stool softeners.

A doctor can prescribe a foam that is inserted into the rectum with something resembling a tampon applicator, and the foam helps to shrink the veins.

There are over-the-counter creams that can relive the symptoms of hemorrhoids.

Surgery is an option for some. A hemorrhoidectomy (cutting away the hemorrhoids) was often used but this painful method is being use less, in favor of newer methods that are less invasive and cause minimal discomfort. A PPH (Procedure for Prolapse and Hemorrhoids) is a new way to reduce blood flow to the veins and essentially shrink them within a few weeks.

To answer your question - yes, it's possible to have hemorrhoids and not know it. They do not all cause bleeding, nor do they all cause discomfort. In fact, many go away on their own.

However, any kind of rectal bleeding should be taken seriously and a medical professional should be consulted. It may be something as 'simple' as hemorrhoids, or it may be something that needs prompt attention.

November 29, 2008 - 7:16pm
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