How Do I Know If I Have Hemorrhoids

How Do I Know If I Have Hemorrhoids

Many people have hemorrhoids at some point in their life and they can be defined as swollen veins in the anal canal and rectum. Veins can swell inside the anal canal, but external hemorrhoids can also form near the opening of the anus. Believe it or not, it’s even quite possible for you to have both kinds of hemorrhoids at the same time. Hemorrhoids are usually caused by increased pressure on the veins in the rectal region. When the pressure increases, blood pools form in the veins and subsequently cause them to swell. A few things that can lead to increased pressure in the rectum are hurrying to complete a bowel movement or straining from prolonged diarrhea or constipation. Some women also get hemorrhoids during labor from the built up pressure in the area. While hemorrhoids can undoubtedly be rather painful, they’re usually not that all that serious. Think you may have hemorrhoids? Here’s a little information about the symptoms commonly associated with this type of vein swelling and how they are treated.

Symptoms To Check

Of course the most common symptoms of hemorrhoids are excruciating pain and discomfort. You may also notice a little bleeding during bowel movements as well as slight itching around the area. Those with external hemorrhoids are susceptible to developing blood a pool or clot under the skin referred to as a thrombosed hemorrhoid, which leads to them often experiencing a great deal more pain than those with internal vein swelling.

Some Treatment Options

Not all cases of hemorrhoids require surgery or medication. As a matter of fact, there are actually quite a few easy ways to treat hemorrhoids at home without ever having to go under the knife. Small changes to your daily bowel habits can drastically reduce swelling and relieve symptoms. The number one thing you need to do to relieve the pressure on your rectal area to reduce swelling is try not to force a bowel movement and just let it come naturally. You may also want to take an over the counter pain reliever and anti-inflammatory NSAID such as ibuprofen or naproxen to control pain and swelling.

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