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...]