If you suffer from constant straining during bowel movements or often lift heavy weights, you may find yourself with swollen and inflamed veins and tissues in the lower rectum and anus. This is known as hemorrhoids or piles. Though bowel movements and heavy lifting are the most common causes of hemorrhoids, a variety of factors such as obesity, pregnancy, constipation and diarrhea can lead to this discomfort. There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal and external.
An external hemorrhoid is located around the anus. These sometimes bleed if the engorged veins are scratched or broken by straining, wiping or rubbing too hard. External hemorrhoids are often the most painful. Internal hemorrhoids are in the rectum and can cause pain and itching if it becomes prolapsed.
What causes hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids occur when too much pressure is applied to the veins. The most common causes that result in too much pressure are:
What are their symptoms?
What treatment is available?
It is important to seek care from a medical professional if you believe you have hemorrhoids, as he or she will be able to determine whether it is indeed a hemorrhoid or something more serious such as a polyp or inflammatory bowel disease. If a medical provider from MyCare Express Clinic urgent care has determined you have a hemorrhoid, treatment may include: