Picture of Hemorroids
Unlike many other medical conditions, if you have hemorrhoids you know it. Most people don’t discuss their hemorrhoids with anyone, not even their doctors. So many suffer quietly and needlessly until they can’t stand it any longer and have to seek help. If that’s why you are looking for hemorrhoid information and a picture of hemorrhoids, I certainly hope you get the information and relief you need here.
What Causes Hemorrhoids?
The condition (also called piles) is caused by an enlarged blood vessel in the anal canal that has become inflamed and swollen because of increased pressure on the veins. The affected area contains a network of blood vessels called the internal and external rectal plexus. The blood vessels enlarge due to pressure on them—from events such as being overweight, pregnancy, strenuous physical activity (lifting too heavy objects), straining during bowel movements, and chronic constipation.
There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids remain inside the anus or lower rectum underneath the rectal lining. External hemorrhoids extend to outside the anal opening. You can have both kinds at the same time.
Who Gets Hemorrhoids?
Eighty percent of Americans suffer from hemorrhoids. That figure alone will tell you that we’re almost all good candidates for the condition. Men and women, professionals and laborers, and those of us from all walks of life.
Americans in general tend to eat low fiber diets—and an increasing number are overweight. If you are one of these candidates, or if you find yourself straining during bowel movements, remember that you are putting a lot of pressure on those delicate tissues.
Women are most subject to hemorrhoids during pregnancy. The pressure on their bodies from the growing baby combined with increased constipation challenges are the ideal conditions for hemorrhoids to form.
What Do Hemorrhoids Look Like?
It’s hard to get a clear picture of hemorrhoids from personal experience. They are what we tend to call geographically undesirable, and downright hard to see. So here’s a picture of what you are dealing with.
Normal, non-inflamed anus:
Picture of hemorrhoid:
The diagram below explains how the gland becomes enlarged under pressure and can eventually herniated externally through the rectum.
The picture of hemorroids you are personally dealing with depends on the severity of your condition. There are four stages to hemorrhoid development:
In Stage One, blood is the main symptom, and there is no anal prolapse. (Blood may also be a symptom of other medical conditions and should be monitored carefully.)
In Stage Two, the hemorrhoid prolapses during bowel movement, then retracts back inside the anus when you’re finished.
In Stage Three, the hemorrhoid protrudes during bowel movement, but it does not return inside without pushing it with your fingers.
In Stage Four, the hemorrhoid is always protruding outside the anus, even without any bowel movement.
What Can You Do About Hemorrhoids?
Now that you have a clear picture of hemorrhoids, what can you do make them go away? The first thing you need to do is to determine the cause of the hemorrhoids, then alter that behavior or condition so that they don’t just return. Remedies focus on immediate relief of burning and itching and then shrinking the hemorrhoid.
As mentioned before, one of the most common problems in the modern diet of most cultures is simply not enough fiber. A high fiber diet is very beneficial and is even more important when dealing with hemorrhoids. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lots and lots of water are essential to preventative maintenance of hemorrhoids and other medical conditions.
Hygene is critical to lessen the burning and itching symptoms. Be careful to cleanse the entire anal area after each bowel movement.
It is very important not to strain during bowel movements as straining forces hemorrhoids to swell. Use a bulk fiber laxative to soften stools and help them pass easier. It is also important to pass bowel movements as soon as possible when you feel the urge. The pressure of the waste in the rectum can cause and irritate hemorroids.
For temporary relief, sitting on a doughnut-shaped cushion will relieve pressure on the hemorroids when sitting. Make sure to stand for at least five minutes of every hour of prolonged sitting, and when sitting, shift your weight from side to side on your buttocks to relieve constant pressure on the rectum.
Avoid lifting heavy objects if you have hemorrhoids. Always exhale when lifting and make sure to never hold your breath when straining your body. Holding your breath just builds up more internal pressure.
Seeking Medical Attention
If you can’t get relief from hemorroids with preventative maintenance and over-the-counter remedies, you may need to see a doctor. The doctor will examine the external and internal structures with a gloved hand, then possibly use an anoscope--a small tube that allows the physician to see inside the anal canal.
Even though most hemorrhoids can be treated by changing our diet and nutritional habits, practicing good “hemorrhoid sense” combined with home remedies, and with over the counter medications, sometimes more drastic measures need to be taken. There are several surgical techniques used to ease hemorrhoids. These procedures can be performed as an outpatient.