Do you suffer from hemorrhoids or think that you may have hemorrhoids but aren’t completely sure? Well, don’t worry as we will now look at a few symptoms of this common ailment that plagues many people. The truth is, hemorrhoids are quite an embarrassing condition since it is centered around the anus. However, it is nothing to be ashamed of and most people at some point in their lives will experience this problem.
So, exactly what are hemorrhoids? Well, they occur when the blood vessels around the anus become enlarged and start to swell and protrude in the form of bump or lumps around the anus and within it. There are two types of hemorrhoids and they can be either internal or external. The internal ones cannot be seen but the external ones are easily noticed. One of the major symptoms is bleeding from the anus when you defecate. This may or may not be painful, but is definitely cause for concern even if it isn’t painful. Other symptoms include itching, swelling and discomfort around the anus and rectal area as well as difficulty sitting due to this pain. Of course, the external protrusion of a hemorrhoid is easy to find with a mirror and varies in size depending on the severity.
Now that we have covered the major symptoms, the next thing you need to do is to see a doctor as soon as possible so that you can get diagnosed. You may think you have hemorrhoids but you won’t know for certain unless you get examined by a medical doctor. The doctor will be able to determine the cause of them and will prescribe treatments and creams in order to reduce the swelling and size of the hemorrhoid. If it is extremely big, then chances are that the doctor will have to do surgery in order to cut and remove the hemorrhoid and seal the blood vessel. This is the only way to completely cure yourself of this condition permanently.
If you need immediate relief from the pain and swelling before you see a doctor, there are many ways you can get immediate relief. One way is to get witch hazel from your local pharmacy along with cotton balls and apply to the affected area. Witch hazel will actually help to cool the hemorrhoid and also help to reduce the swelling. Another great solution is to buy a sitz bath and sit in it for a few minutes and this will also help to reduce swelling and irritability if done regularly. There are also many other over the counter creams that can be used and you can talk to your pharmacist to get some suggestions.
When it comes to hemorrhoids, the best solution is to prevent them in the first place. This can be done by increasing your fiber intake so that constipation is avoided and by drinking sufficient water on a daily basis. A high fiber diet is key and make sure to get between 25 – 35 grams of fiber every day so that you are quite regular. In closing, if you suspect that you may have hemorrhoids, then be sure to visit a doctor to get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.