Frequently Asked Questions About Hemorrhoids

Are hemorrhoids in children common?

Hemorrhoids in children are less common. In children, the condition can still develop. The condition can be due to problems such as constipation and chronic straining during bowel movements. It causes bleeding in stools rather than appearing when he/she passes motions. Take your child to the pediatrician to check whether it is rectal prolapse or not.

There are natural and effective methods to treat hemorrhoids in children. Use cold compresses on the affected area, which helps to soothe and relieve from swelling. Give warm bath to your child and make sure to keep the affected area dry between baths.

Do hemorrhoids flare up and cause discomfort during pregnancy?

Hemorrhoids during pregnancy result from blood vessels in the vagina or rectal areas that become overly swollen. Frequent constipation during pregnancy is one reason that can cause hemorrhoids. Straining during bowel movement is one of the main causes of hemorrhoids and can aggravate them as well. Some women experience rectal bleeding along with pain.

Flare ups and discomfort are common when this condition is not treated. You can relieve from the condition by avoiding constipation. If the treatment is not taken early, large clots form in the dilated vein and then surgery is done during pregnancy.

What are bleeding hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids that bleed whether they are located internally or externally are called as bleeding hemorrhoids. Rectal bleeding indicates that something is wrong. It is important to know the cause of rectal bleeding because sometimes, it may be sign of rectal cancer.

Both internal and external hemorrhoids bleed, especially during bowel movements. Your stools may be streaked with bright red blood or blood may show up in the toilet.

Hard stool is difficult to push out and straining caused by this is responsible for hemorrhoids swelling with blood even more. It can easily tear open the already injured, inflated hemorrhoid tissue and cause bleeding. If you have bleeding hemorrhoids, it needs immediate medical attention.

Do hemorrhoids lead to cancer?

It is thought that there is no relationship between hemorrhoids and cancer. However, hemorrhoids symptom, particularly bleeding, is similar to that of colorectal cancer and other digestive system diseases.

Therefore, it is important that all the symptoms are investigated by the physician who is a specialist in treating colon and rectum diseases. Do not depend on over-the-counter medications and self treatments. See the specialist immediately after detecting the symptoms for effective hemorrhoids treatment.

How do exercises help in getting rid of hemorrhoids?

Exercise increases your blood circulation. When blood circulation is increased, the nutrients which are needed are transferred smoothly to each part of the body including anus. These nutrients strengthen the rectal veins and alleviate the inflammation.

Improved blood circulation through exercise eliminates toxins in the anus, which keep the rectal veins weak. Exercise also helps to lose weight, which is another cause of hemorrhoids.

The basic form of exercise is walking or jogging for 20 to 30 minutes daily. Yoga is another good option for hemorrhoids as it helps to stretch muscles and revive circulation.

Is there any special hemorrhoids diet that can help to avoid painful symptoms?

There is a special diet that can help you to avoid painful hemorrhoids symptoms. The diet includes whole grain foods such as bran cereals and breads made with whole wheat grains; fresh fruits including skin and pulp, root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and turnips; dried fruits such as apricots, raisins, and prunes; and raw and fresh vegetables such as cabbage and lettuce.

Drink plenty of water, fruit juices and vegetable juices. Eat slowly and chew the food thoroughly to allow the saliva and digestive juices of the stomach, liver and pancreas to break down food more easily. Eat smaller meals at regular intervals.

Are hemorrhoids treatment creams and pills safe?

Yes, most hemorrhoids treatment products comprise of natural ingredients that do not include any harmful chemicals, steroids, hormones, or drugs. They must be taken as directed on the label. No side effects have been reported. But, the hemorrhoids treatment creams should be used when your doctor prescribes it.

Are there any natural remedies for curing hemorrhoids?

There are many natural remedies for hemorrhoids treatment. Natural remedies are safer than other commercial medications.

Fiber is one of the natural remedies for hemorrhoids which help in relieving hemorrhoid symptoms and bleeding. Fiber helps to soften the stools and increase its bulk, which helps in reducing strain. You can get fiber from foods such as whole grains, vegetables, psyllium and flaxseeds.

Horse chestnut is often used when there is poor circulation in the veins or chronic venous insufficiency. It helps to relieve symptoms such as swelling and inflammation and to strengthen blood vessel walls. It can be taken in tea or capsule form. It can also be applied as a compress. If you have allergy with horse chestnut, have bleeding disorders or using blood thinners, then you should not take horse chestnut.

Bioflavonoids help to stabilize and strengthen blood vessel walls and decrease inflammation. Bioflavonoids are helpful to reduce anal discomfort, pain, and anal discharge during acute hemorrhoid attack. Flavonoids are found in citrus fruits, herperidin, and oxerutins.

Is hemorrhoids surgery a last option if there are major flare ups?

Most hemorrhoids do not require surgery. Surgery is considered if the condition is severe and there are major flare ups. Surgery is done if all the other options have failed, if symptoms become so bothersome that your lifestyle is affected and if uncontrolled bleeding or blood and pus at the anus along with severe rectal pain results.

External hemorrhoids are not removed usually with surgery except if they are very large and uncomfortable. For internal hemorrhoids, surgical removal is the last resort. Hemorrhoids surgery or Hemorrhoidectomy is the most successful way to treat internal hemorrhoids, especially if there is a problem after treatment that cut off blood flow to hemorrhoids have been tried.

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