Hemorrhoids are generally defined as inflamed or dilated veins that are found either on the outside or inside of the anal walls. Hemorrhoids normally occur when the pressure within the blood vessels increases by a big percentage. To tell if you have developed a case of hemorrhoids, check your stool for any blood traces or discomfort in the anal area.
Internal hemorrhoids often affect people who are obese, have a low fiber diet or one that has too much fat, and also those who strain when passing stool. Fiber is known as a very good food group that helps in digestion and it helps to reduce the chances of people getting hemorrhoids. If this is ignored, some patients have had to undergo surgery to correct the situation.
Although internal hemorrhoids are normally small even when swollen, some cases of large veins that sometimes bulge out the anal section have been reported. Because they are squeezed by the muscles around the anus when they bulge out, they are very painful. Because the swollen veins obstruct blood circulation, there are many people who notice traces of blood and mucus on their stool or in the toilet paper after passing stool. As noted, when pressure within the veins increases too much, people then develop cases of hemorrhoids. Pregnancy, old age, difficulty in passing stool diarrhea and constipation are the most common causes of increased pressure and therefore hemorrhoids. Other factors that are known to increase the pressure include liver cirrhosis, diets low in fiber and high in fats, obesity as well as people who have anal sex or are obese.
There are certain symptoms that one can recognize before making a definite diagnosis of internal hemorrhoids. Blood traces on the stool or on the toilet paper used after passing stool are the two most common symptoms. Other common symptoms include a feeling of fullness even after passing stool as well as major discomfort around the anal area. Unless the vein protrudes to the out part of the anus, pain is normally not associated with internal hemorrhoids. This is more commonly referred to as protruding hemorrhoids and should be treated to avoid constant pain and soiling of undergarments. The most common way to treat hemorrhoids is cutting off blood circulation and letting the veins shrivel and die.These forms of treatment include the use of infrared and laser technology, rubber bands and other chemicals. For more severe cases, sometimes the only option for them is undergoing surgery to treat their hemorrhoids.