Symptoms And Prevention Of Hemorrhoids
Aristotle and Napoleon shared a common problem. Both suffered from hemorrhoids, a condition still common today. Some stories say that on his last stand at Waterloo he was suffering badly and that perhaps history changed due to such a small affliction. However, those with serious hemorrhoids do not describe the condition as small.
The word comes from Greek, haima, meaning blood, and rhein the word for flow. Individuals experience itchiness, pain and bleeding due the swelling of veins in the rectum and around the anal area. In the age group of 45 – 65 approximately half will experience some level of this condition known, in slang, as piles.
Symptoms: The most disturbing symptom is discovering blood in the toilet. Even if this is not a new occurrence, an appointment with a doctor is recommended to determine that there are no other causes. Hemorrhoids can be external, causing painful bowel movements and itching. Internal types are not as painful on a daily basis but have the possibility of other complications and possibly a need for surgery. Pregnant women who have otherwise no record of the problem experience pain during gestation. The cause is generally attributed to the pressure of the foetus on the intestines and to hormonal changes. When postnatal regular bowel movements return.
Prevention: Most people do not drink enough water. This, combined with the low fiber diet of fast food, high coffee and sugar consumption is the greatest culprit for hemorrhoids. When dehydrated the body cannot move the stool smoothly through the bowel. A stool should be no less in diameter than a thumb and soft enough to prevent straining. Sitting on the toilet for long periods causes further irritation.
Beginning and ending the day with a natural fiber powder or liquid will soften the stool. As well, remember the food groups of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Individuals who travel frequently, particularly by air, should consciously attempt to keep hydrated. Invariably a change in climate and food affects the digestive system. Travel time is meant to be pleasant, but sitting for long periods can aggravate an existing condition. When possible move around, and use the toilet at the first sense of urge. Most medical practitioners agree that regular exercise contributes to the health of all organs, including the bowel.
After the diagnosis by an MD, an appointment with gastroenterologist may be necessary. Further examination will determine the severity of the condition and define the most effective treatments. The options for long term solutions are greater than only a decade ago. Neo Healar seems to be very effective.
According to the diagnosis, treatments can vary in intrusiveness and speed. For people with internal aggravation, one option is Rubber Banding, a day procedure at the medical office done with minimal discomfort. A specifically designed tool attaches vary small rubber bands around pieces of inflamed tissue. The dead tissue is eventually sloughed off and leaves the bowel with normal elimination.
Commonly uncomfortable and far too common most hemorrhoids can be prevented. Though many treatments, including suppositories and creams are available, the best decision is good health. Consult your doctor for advice. The battle for Napoleon is done, but your challenge to successfully avoid hemorrhoids remains.