Are you familiar with the definition of hemorrhoid? The word hemorrhoid is derived from the Greek word “haimorrhoides” which means veins that discharge blood. Simply put, hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectum and anus.
Types of Hemorrhoids you must be aware of
The number of people in the US suffering from hemorrhoids is estimated to be around 10.4 million and 1 million new cases occur each year, making it one of the common problems. This paved way for more number of Google searches regarding Hemorrhoids.
||TYPES OF HEMORRHOID
||Type of Hemorrhoid
a) Internal hemorrhoids lie inside the rectum.
b) You can’t see or feel these hemorrhoids.
c) They usually don’t cause discomfort.
d) Straining or irritation when passing stool can injure hemorrhoid’s delicate surface and cause it to bleed
|| External Hemorrhoid
a) External hemorrhoids are under the skin around your anus.
b) When irritated, external hemorrhoids can itch or bleed.
c) Blood may pool in external hemorrhoid and form a clot (thrombus), resulting in severe pain, swelling and inflammation.
Data gathered from Google searches show that interest in the term "hemorrhoids" is increasing year by year.
The possible reason behind ‘Hemorrhoids’ being most-searched term online can be that people may be embarrassed to talk about them openly. The person suffering from hemorrhoids also suffer from one biggest misconception that 'nobody has it but me.'
However, there is nothing to be embarrassed by hemorrhoids as they can attack anyone at any age of his/her life.
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The disease is common but there are myriad of queries floating in the mind of people regarding hemorrhoids. The article shares the answer to few such queries.
- What does hemorrhoid look like?
A normal hemorrhoid tissue is not visible from a naked eye and it becomes inflamed or develops clot to cause symptoms. However, a thrombosed hemorrhoid is visible as it takes a form of lump at the anal verge, protruding from the anus. The thrombosed hemorrhoid is usually dark bluish in color because of the blood clot contained inside the swollen blood vessel.
What hemorrhoid pain feels like?
Formation of a blood clot inside external hemorrhoid will definitely cause sudden and severe pain. The clot usually gets dissolved itself, leaving behind a skin tag. This skin tag may be itchy or irritating that can be reduced using hemorrhoid cream providing you with instant relief. For instance Dr. Numb with 5% lidocaine content is a topical anesthetic product that provides temporary relief of local discomfort or itching pain.
However, contrary to external hemorrhoid, internal hemorrhoids are usually painless even they may cause bleeding too.
- How much is hemorrhoid bleeding normal?
When your hemorrhoid bursts, a bright red, fresh blood from the rectum will be excreted during the bowel movement. However, hemorrhoid can not only be the reason for the bleeding, there are a number of other serious issues that can cause rectal bleeding. This is especially true of blood or discharge that isn't bright red.
- How can you stop bleeding hemorrhoid?
Prevention is better than cure. However, if still, you experience bleeding from hemorrhoid, try to change your lifestyle and diet. Go ahead with the following changes:
- Eat high-fiber foods. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains;
- Consider fiber supplements;
- Go as soon as you feel the urge;
- Don't strain;
- Drink plenty of fluid and;
- Avoid long periods of sitting.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), you are at increased risk of getting hemorrhoids if you:
strain during bowel movements
- sit on the toilet for long periods of time
- are older than age 50 (due to the weakening of the supporting tissues in your anus and rectum.)
When is hemorrhoid dangerous?
You may be aware of the fact that by age 50, about half the population has experienced one or more of the classic symptoms, which include rectal pain, itching, bleeding, and possibly prolapse (hemorrhoids that protrude through the anal canal). Although hemorrhoids are rarely dangerous, they can be a recurrent and painful intrusion.
“The most important advice when it comes to hemorrhoids is listening to your body. If you think you might have hemorrhoids, make an appointment with your doctor for speedy treatment.”