Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy – What To Do About It

Getting hemorrhoids during pregnancy or from delivery is a very common occurrence that many women unfortunately experience. Soon to be mothers that experience this for the first time in their lives may be surprised to discover they have hemorrhoids.  However, there is nothing to fear or worry about.  Hemorrhoids affect millions of people each year and can be easily treated. Usually they are just bothersome more than anything else. Why Hemorrhoids Occur During Pregnancy? To understand why … [Read more...]

Prolapsed Hemorrhoids

In simple terms, a prolapsed hemorrhoid is an internal hemorrhoid that has slipped down from within the anal canal and is protruding out of the anus.  They are classified as either 2nd, 3rd, or 4th degree hemorrhoids. 2nd Degree Hemorrhoids:  These are a common type of internal hemorrhoids that usually prolapse during bowel movements, but retract inside the anal canal on their own.  They also may at times bleed (but not always). 3rd Degree Hemorrhoids:  These hemorrhoids prolapse, but they … [Read more...]

Hemorrhoids Symptoms

The primary hemorrhoids symptoms are itchiness in and around the anus area, anal pain, and bloody stools or anal bleeding from bowel movements.  If you experience any of these symptoms then there is a very good chance that you have hemorrhoids.  It is always advisable to seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment, but these symptoms are commonly associated with hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are typically classified into two main groups: external hemorrhoids and internal … [Read more...]

Choosing the Best Hemorrhoid Cream, Gel, or Ointment

With all of the different hemorrhoid creams, gels, and ointments that are available on the market, it can be difficult for a person to know how to choose the best one for them. In short, selecting the best hemorrhoid cream depends on what kind of hemorrhoid you have, how severe it is (or they are), the type of skin you have, what kind of other health conditions you have, and lastly, whether you want to use a natural or pharmaceutical product. When thinking about a hemorrhoid treatment, … [Read more...]

What Causes Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen or inflamed blood vessels that can sometimes form in and around your anal canal. There is not 100% clear agreement from the medical community as to what causes these veins to enlarge, however, many people believe that the primary cause is from some kind of pressure or strain. To control your bowel movements, the tissue inside the anal canal fills with blood.   When there is increased pressure, for example with passing difficult stools, it causes the veins in this … [Read more...]

Hemorrhoid Cream & Ointment

Hemorrhoid cream is usually the first treatment people turn to when trying to eliminate hemorrhoids.  This treatment method is very popular because hemorrhoid cream is easy to use, easy to get, and generally provides fast relief.  Moreover, many of the creams don’t require prescriptions and can be purchased over the counter at your local drugstore. What is Hemorrhoid Cream? In short, a hemorrhoid cream is a water based product that contains certain ingredients that help relieve symptoms … [Read more...]

How to Cure Hemorrhoids: Sitz Bath

A sitz bath is a warm water bath used for healing hemorrhoids and for cleansing purposes. It consists of using lukewarm water in a water pan or bath tub and simply soaking the bottom there. You can also buy specially designed tubs called Sitz Baths at leading medical stores or online at amazon.com. Some people like to add baby oil or salts to stimulate nerve endings that have been strained or worn out (for instance with piles). It's recommended to take a Sitz Bath regularly such as … [Read more...]

External Hemorrhoids

External Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels around the lower part of the anus.  They can be felt as lumps or bulges around the external opening of the anus and can be painful as the skin around them is sensitive.  Most of the times, however, they are just bothersome protrusions that make hygiene and personal care difficult. Sometimes external hemorrhoids develop blood clots inside of them (a condition known as thrombosis). This can cause problems as thrombosis of an external hemorrhoid can … [Read more...]

Internal Hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids are simply hemorrhoids that are inside your rectum.  They are often small and most people don’t even know that they have them. Internal hemorrhoids can get large and painful, however, if they are not treated. Untreated internal hemorrhoids can lead to a severe form of hemorrhoids called prolapsed hemorrhoids.  This is when the hemorrhoid pulls down a part of the lining of the rectum, loses its normal anchor, and gets pushed outside the anus.  The prolapsed hemorrhoid can … [Read more...]

What are Hemorrhoids?

In simple terms, hemorrhoids or “piles” are swollen veins in the anal canal. They can be very discomforting and painful, but the good news is that they are usually not serious…if properly treated. Basically, a hemorrhoid forms when a vein in the rectal area has swollen due to some kind of force or pressure (e.g. constipation, diarrhea, pregnancy, see more causes here). When there is too much pressure on the veins in the rectal area, hemorrhoids can form. Hemorrhoids come in two forms: … [Read more...]