Dispelling 5 Common Hemorrhoid Myths

Dispelling 5 Common Hemorrhoid Myths

Myth #1: Only Older People Get Hemorrhoids

Fact: Although hemorrhoids are most common in people between ages 45 and 65, people can develop hemorrhoids at any age, and it’s not uncommon to see them in younger adults. As the body ages, the supporting connective tissue between the anus and rectum weakens, making older people more susceptible to hemorrhoids. However, many causes of hemorrhoids can affect people regardless of age, such as chronic constipation and pregnancy. Pressure on the anus from straining associated with constipation or diarrhea and pressure on the abdomen during pregnancy can both cause veins to swell and lead to hemorrhoids in younger people.

Myth #2: Hemorrhoids are Uncommon

Fact: You’re not alone. If you are suffering from hemorrhoids, you may be thinking that your condition is rare and very few others have the problem. In fact, hemorrhoids are very common in both men and women, and about half of all people have hemorrhoids by the time they turn 50. Furthermore, The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) says that more than 75 percent of people will experience hemorrhoids at least once in their lifetime.

Myth #3: Hemorrhoids Increase the Risk of Colon Cancer

Fact: There is no evidence that hemorrhoids can cause or increase the risk of colon cancer. However, the two conditions can present themselves in the same way with rectal bleeding, which is why a doctor must always check out this symptom.

Myth #4: Spicy Foods Cause Hemorrhoids

Fact: There is no evidence that hemorrhoids can be caused by hot, spicy or exotic foods. However, for people who have hemorrhoids, these foods may cause stomach upset and diarrhea, which can create increased discomfort during bowel movements and be painful during a hemorrhoid flare-up.

Myth #5: Hemorrhoids Won’t Heal and are Difficult to Treat

Fact: There a variety of hemorrhoid treatment options, from at-home remedies to non-surgical outpatient procedures or surgical procedures. The appropriate treatment will depend on the grade of the hemorrhoid, and the specialists at Avalon Hemorrhoid will recommend a particular treatment during your consultation. Avalon Hemorrhoid offers a variety of non-surgical treatments, including HET – Heath Therapy and Rubber Band Ligation.

Citation:

https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/hemorrhoids/myths-pictures/

http://hemhealing.com/myths-vs-facts/

https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/a27679/haemorrhoids-piles-myths-facts/

 

 

 

 

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