Some simple ways to prevent hemorrhoids from developing are to one, consume enough fiber in your diet anywhere from 20 to 35 grams of fiber in a given day. Make sure you consume enough liquids. Okay. This will help you avoid becoming constipated. When you are on the commode doing your business, don't stay for prolonged periods of time, avoid straining. If necessary, you may need to use some stool softeners, but these are some very basic things that you can do to avoid having issues with hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids in general, are a benign condition. They're more of an annoyance, that is, you may experience burning, itching, in some cases, streaking of blood on the toilet tissue or in the commode. However, it's important that if you experience bleeding, you should definitely bring this to the attention of your physician.
Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from hemorrhoids. That's approximately 4 to 5%. Persons who are at greater risk of hemorrhoids tend to be a little bit older. We're talking 45 to 65 years of age. However, in the younger age group, one out of three athletic males may experience hemorrhoids, and as far as women go, that hemorrhoids are very common during pregnancy because of increased intraabdominal pressure, which is then translated down to the a rectal area.
A hemorrhoid is a dilated rectal vein. As you can imagine, you have blood vessels in every part of your body, but a hemorrhoid is located primarily in the anorectal region. And most of the Times you're not aware of veins in that area until they become inflamed or enlarged, and then they can cause pain, discomfort, and in some cases, bleeding.
In reference to a cure for hemorrhoids, technically, yes, there are cures for hemorrhoids in that, if one considers that the hemorrhoid is a dilated vein, and if you destroy the vein or remove the vein, therefore hemorrhoids can occur. But oftentimes that's not necessary because there are effective treatments for hemorrhoids. For example, if a patient can avoid becoming constipated by consuming a high-fiber diet or taking in sufficient fluids, that's a very effective way of avoiding the development of hemorrhoids are also some medications which can be used.
To summarize, hemorrhoids are dilated veins. And some of the simple things that one can do to help relieve the symptoms are one, avoid being constipated. Therefore, it's important to consume a sufficient amount of fluids per day. Also, it's important to consume a certain amount of fiber. Anywhere from 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day should do the trick. There are a number of over the counter remedies for simple hemorrhoids. You can apply topical ointments to help relieve pain and inflammation. There are also some categories of agents which contain steroids to treat inflamed and dilated hemorrhoids. Now mind you, it's very important that if you use that type of over the counter medicine with steroids, you should not use it for more than a week outside of the instruction of a physician. There are other ways to treat hemorrhoids, which would actually help remove hemorrhoids. Band ligation where you place a rubber band on a dilated hemorrhoidal vein. It cuts through the vein sequentially and you ultimately pass it when you have a bowel movement. Surgical removal of hemorrhoids is a little bit more invasive procedure, and that's usually for patients who are failures in reference to medical therapy or who, for whatever reason, either do not wish to undergo a course of medical therapy, or who cannot undergo a course of medical therapy given their particular health history.
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