You think you may have hemorrhoids, but you aren’t sure exactly what they are or how to tell? It really isn’t that complicated. Hemorrhoids are simply irritated veins, just like varicose veins in the legs, only these are in the rectum, the anal canal, or just outside the rectum.
External hemorrhoids are hemorrhoids that are outside the rectum. There are risk factors that may give you a greater chance of deceloping hemorrhoids. Some of them you have complete control over and can change easily, other risk factors may take more work to change, but overall you should be able to get control of the situation and either prevent or heal external hemorrhoids.
The most common risk factor that every person faces at one time or another is bowel habit problems. Constipation and diarrhea can cause irritation to the vein and all the surrounding tissue. When the vein becomes inflamed, it usually reaches the hemorrhoid condition. Sometimes the inflammation is very mild and can heal on its own. Other times it may take a little bit of work on your part to help it along.
Another big risk factor for external hemorrhoids is pregnancy. The weight and pressure on the anus, and the additional stress in your body may make it more likely that you will develop a hemorrhoid when you are pregnant. Doing your best not to add any stress or strain to the area, and being careful about straining when you go to the bathroom may help prevent hemorrhoids from occurring.
As people age they are more likely to have a problem with hemorrhoids. As a matter of fact, more than fifty percent of people over age fifty will have a hemorrhoid problem. Doing all you can to keep regular bowel habits, and drinking plenty of water may help you avoid it.
Anal intercourse can cause hemorrhoids. The rectum is supposed to have something coming out of it, and when something is put in it, the veins can become irritated and inflamed. If you practice this type of sexual behavior, using enough lubricant and taking it extremely slow is essential for not injuring the area with hemorrhoids or worse.
Obesity is another risk factor for hemorrhoids. The pressure of weight that is too much for you may cause the rectum to react with hemorrhoids. Losing weight could reduce your risk of hemorrhoids, as well as improve your overall health.
External hemorrhoids can be treated with simple home remedies and over-the-counter medication if they are mild. Taking the precautions to keep them from becoming severe will help them heal faster, and help you feel better sooner. You can take control of most of the situations in your life, and become less likely to have a hemorrhoid problem.