Internal Hemorrhoids

Internal Hemorrhoids

Ever felt something was a pain in the butt? I am sure we have all felt this from particular individuals, but what I am talking about is something a little more literal. Quite literally I am talking about internal hemorrhoids and its symptoms. While this topic is not usually discussed openly at the coffee table, it is a serious condition that should be taken somberly. Let’s get down to the facts of internal hemorrhoid symptoms. Itching, bleeding, swelling, protrusions, and burning are often symptoms associated with internal hemorrhoids. Obviously these symptoms can be quite an annoyance. A medically trained doctor will be exactly what a person needs. Also there are life factors which may trigger similar symptoms such as stress, trauma, diet change, which are all associated with constipation and change in bowel habits.

If you think knowing these symptoms may save you from a visit to your doctor you should think again. While many are embarrassed by their condition, keep in mind there are also many conditions which have similar symptoms but are signs of something far worse such as rectal cancer and ulcer. Do not just get checked thinking it is an embarrassing hassle. Seeing a doctor for these symptoms may potentially save your life.

What are Internal Hemorrhoids?

The term internal hemorrhoid refers to medical condition where hemorrhoidal veins form hard lumps in the rectal area. These are very painful when touched by hand or feaces, making bowel movement difficult. It occurs due to inflammation of veins around the rectum and anal areas. The condition can be either internal or external.

Bleeding is the usual symptom, but it occurs only in advanced stages. Generally it is identified with itching, burning, lumps, soreness, and tenderness at the anus.

People suffering with hemorrhoids have problems in sitting, or exercising. Constipation is one of the causes. Obesity is the other common cause for hemorrhoidal problems, as the veins of these people become weak. Pregnant women are more prone to hemorrhoids. It may manifest in them because of hormonal changes, or the pressure that the baby exerts on the hemorrhoidal veins while formation or during childbirth. Luckily, this type of hemorrhoidal problem disappears after childbirth.

Home based remedies include using ice packs, sitz baths, and sitting in fairly warm water for approximately 15 minutes or so. There are some surgical suppositories, and cortisone based creams that have soothing effect. But none of these measures offer permanent cure. Surgery then becomes the other option. If successful, it may bring a long-term relief. There is, however, no guarantee that the problem will not resurface. There is also the risk that the operation is not successful or leads to other complications. To top it all it is an expensive option.

There are some natural remedies available for hemorrhoids. These are the only known permanent solutions to the problem.

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