Hemorrhoids: The Basics

Painful, stressful and extremely common, hemorrhoids are a malady that affects many millions of Americans. If you suspect you may have developed a hemorrhoid (or may be at risk for developing one), read below to get the 411 on this very common affliction:

Location and symptoms
Hemorrhoids can occur both internally and externally, with both causing their own set of issues. External hemorrhoids, as their name implies, most commonly manifest as a hard, painful lump near the anus.

Internal hemorrhoids, on the other hand, may be a bit more difficult to diagnose. However, both internal and external hemorrhoids often come with rectal bleeding. If you start to see streaks of blood on toilet paper after wiping, book an appointment with your doctor immediately.

Less visible symptoms of hemorrhoids include anal itching, which is due to the mucus that most hemorrhoids seep, as well as general skin irritation.

Although hemorrhoids have gotten a reputation for affecting mainly individuals over the age of 60, the largest demographic of hemorrhoid sufferers are individuals between the ages of 20 and 50. People with a diet low in fiber or a history of constipation are more susceptible to hemorrhoids, as rectal straining can damage and swell the veins in the rectum and anus, causing a hemorrhoid.

In addition to using a natural anti-hemorrhoid product like Hem Relief, hemorrhoid sufferers can also include a number of other remedies to help them stay healthy and comfortable. Cotton underwear can allow the rectal area to breathe better, minimizing some discomfort that could occur due to sweat or mucus build up. Applying compresses with witch hazel can also soothe pain and itching.

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