Hemorrhoids: What You Should Know

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pilesAlthough having hemorrhoids certainly isn’t the end of the world, it can be somewhat isolating. For the most part it’s more annoying and embarrassing than serious and at times you may feel like you’re the only one with this embarrassing condition, but nothing could be further from the truth. Just because no one is talking about hemorrhoids, doesn’t make it a rare complaint. In fact, hemorrhoids are surprisingly common, with literally millions of people having them at some point in their life. Anal swelling, bleeding, itching, burning, and pain are some of the embarrassing symptoms associated with hemorrhoids.

The symptoms a hemorrhoid will exhibit depends largely on its location in the anal canal. The anal has two separate and distinct regions and is divided by a line called the dentate line, with the upper 2/3rds of the anal canal having no pain receptors and the final 1/3rd portion of the anal canal having pain receptors. So, this generally means that hemorrhoids located in this upper region will not be painful; therefore they are harder to detect. With hemorrhoid located in the upper region, bleeding may be the only symptom. However hemorrhoids located in the lower portion of the anal canal may exhibit a whole host of symptoms. This is especially true of external hemorrhoids, or hemorrhoids which are situated right at the anal opening, this type of hemorrhoid is typically the most painful due to the fact that it is constantly under stress from clothing rubbing, working out, sweat, sitting, air, using the bathroom and just general everyday activities.

It’s important to note that it’s never a good idea to simply ignore hemorrhoid symptoms and hope they clear up on their own. While hemroids are typically a minor condition, it’s quite possible for complications to result that may become increasingly painful and ultimately require surgery. A couple possible complications that can result as a lack of treatment are prolapse and strangulation. Left untreated, an internal hemorrhoid may continue to get larger, eventually it becomes so large that it exits the anal canal, this is called prolapse. In the early stages, the swelling may go down on its own, so that the hemorrhoid then shrinks back into the anal canal, but it then may progress to the point that it then needs to be manually placed back within the canal. One step beyond this is the strangulated hemorrhoid; this is when a prolapsed hemorrhoid is stuck outside the canal. Obviously, once a certain level of swelling is reached, surgery becomes all but inevitable; this is why early intervention and hemroid treatment is so essential.

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