Hemorrhoids Causes, Prevention, Treatments
What are Hemorrhoids?
The term hemorrhoids (also called piles) refers to a condition in which the veins around the anus are abnormally swollen and inflamed. This disease can occur in both men and women but is more common in women during pregnancy, people with sedentary habits and those who have a chair-bound job. Hemorrhoids are usually very painful and troublesome but not life-threatening or contagious. The condition usually worsens with passage of time. Hemorrhoids can be internal (inside the anus), external (outside and around the anus) or combination of both. Those may also be categorized as bleeding or blind (non-bleeding) hemorrhoids. In some cases, chronic blind piles may become painless over a period of time but do give a feeling of uneasiness.
Signs and Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
There are other anal troubles like fissures, fistula, abscesses and itching that have nearly similar symptoms and may be mistaken for hemorrhoids. Therefore, physical examination is advisable for proper diagnosis.
Causes and Prevention
There are several factors that can cause hemorrhoids. Common causes include persistent constipation, straining at stool even though the stool may be soft, chronic diarrhea, acidity due to excessive use of acidic food items and sedentary habits. The most important step for prevention is to make sure that your stomach works fine. Preventive measures are nearly the same as for constipation.
Treatment of Hemorrhoids
One can quickly get rid of hemorrhoids through modern medical procedures and return home happily after spending few days in the hospital but such treatment does not remove the cause and does not therefore provide permanent cure. They may recur after some time.
Herbal treatment is quite effective but homeopathy has great reputation for permanent cure of hemorrhoids. Homeopathic medicines can effectively cure all types painlessly along with cure of the cause. No surgery is required. Fresh hemorrhoids can be cured in shorter time ranging from few days to few weeks whereas chronic cases may take longer time for complete and permanent cure depending upon the condition.