What are Hemorrhoids?

what are hemorrhoidsIn 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: internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids.

There are a number of hemorrhoid treatment methods and the method chosen will usually depend on the type and level of severity of the hemorrhoid.


What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are usually associated with the following symptoms:

  • Itching or burning around your anal
  • Bleeding during a bowel movement
  • Pain during a bowel movement or in your rectum
  • Anything that feels like a lump outside your anus

Click here to see more on hemorrhoids symptoms

How common are hemorrhoids?

Most people think hemorrhoids are abnormal, but the truth is they are present in everyone.  It is only when the hemorrhoidal cushions enlarge that hemorrhoids can create problems.  Hemorrhoids are common in both men and women and are most common between people of 45 and 65 years of age.

How to Cure Hemorrhoids

Fortunately, there are many effective ways to treat hemorrhoids – and most don’t require hemorrhoid surgery.  Two effective natural treatments are the H-Miracle System and Hem-Relief .  However, there are others. Click how to cure hemorrhoids to see a list of treatment methods.


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