How to Prevent Hemorrhoids

Understanding how to prevent hemorrhoids is fairly simple once you know what causes hemorrhoids. Basically, a hemorrhoid is a swollen blood vessel in or around your anal canal that has become enlarged due to some kind of irritation or excessive pressure.  Therefore, learning how to prevent hemorrhoids means learning how to minimize the things that can cause irritation and strain on your veins in your rectum. Practice Healthy Bowel Habits Don’t hold it.  As soon as you have the urge, you … [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...]

How to Cure Hemorrhoids: A Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is a must for those who want to permanently keep hemorrhoids away.  Diet plays a critical role in causing, and preventing hemorrhoids. Regularly eating high fiber foods can dramatically decrease the chance of hemorrhoids occurring.  A low-fiber diet or inadequate fluid intake can cause constipation, which can contribute to hemorrhoids in the following ways: It promotes straining on the toilet and it also worsens the hemorrhoids by producing hard stools that further irritate the … [Read more...]

How to Cure Hemorrhoids: 3 Mistakes to Avoid

Today, I wanted to alert you to something that will afflict 40% of the adult population (or more) at some point of their lives. It's called hemorrhoids or piles and it's basically any form of vein inflammation around the lower rectal regions. Blood on your toilet paper? Itching in your anus area? Pain during constipation? All of these are likely signs that you may have hemorrhoids and it's no laughing matter – because although common, they can be annoying and embarrassing. In the more … [Read more...]