What we need to know about Hemorrhoids

Often times, people gets embarrassed talking about having hemorrhoids. What they actually don’t know is that this is one of the most common known ailments to date. When the tissues that contain veins which are located in the wall of the rectum and anus swells it will result to a person to have Hemorrhoids. This normally occurs when the said tissues enlarge, weaken, becomes inflamed and gets detached from their supporting structure.


What most people don’t know is that Hemorrhoids are unique to humans – no other living organism can have this kind of ailment. They are very common. In fact, there is a report made that up to 86% of people has been reported to experience having this some time in their lives. They usually become common to humans once they reach the age of 50. They are common though to younger women most especially to those who are pregnant.

There is no exact known cause for having this kind of ailment, however, many studies conducted said that putting too much force on the veins in our rectal and pelvic area causes this. Stretching muscles in order to move the stool, having different types of intestinal problems may add pressure to the veins in our anal canal and can also lead to having hemorrhoids. Not having adequate in the diet can also lead to having this ailment. Spending too much time on the toilet for long periods are also said to have been one cause for having hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids are also very common to pregnant women. Based on some clinical studies conducted, this is very common during the last 2 trimesters of a woman’s pregnancy. The cause of this is the increased force being placed on the blood vessels in the pelvic area. Forcing to push the baby out during child labor can lead to the worsening of the hemorrhoids.

Obesity, aging, anal infections, having liver cirrhosis, heredity, faulty bowel function and having allergies to some foods are also known to add stress to the rectal veins and might eventually lead to having hemorrhoids. There were also studies conducted who said that eating spicy food is also one reason in having this.

There are 2 known types of Hemorrhoids: Internal Hemorrhoids and External Hemorrhoids which actually refers to its location. Some people are reported to have both at the same time.

Hemorrhoids which are located inside the rectum are known as Internal while those which are located or have developed under the skin around the anus are known as External.

Internal Hemorrhoids occur inside the anus, at the beginning of the rectum. They are described as tiny, overblown veins that are often seen at the wall of the anal canal, there are times when they can also be large and saggy veins that swells out of the anus. Painless bleeding may be experienced once you have this, but once they were pushed out by the anal muscles it may start to become painful.

External Hemorrhoids develop near the anus and are covered with very sensitive skin. It may swell and the area around it might become firm and sore, there were instances when it might turn blue or purple most especially when blood clot develops. The person who has this might experience burning sensations, itch and can be swollen, inflamed and extremely painful. Having this is the most common cause of bleeding during bowel movement.