If you're reading this article, chances are you've been diagnosed with protruding hemorrhoids. This painful condition is caused when the veins that carry blood to the tissues around the rectum become swollen and inflamed, creating internal hemorrhoids, and then during a straining bowel movement they are expelled through the anal canal to form protruding or prolapsed hemorrhoids.
Doctors aren't sure exactly what causes hemorrhoids or 'piles' to enlarge. There are several theories, mainly relating to the pressure on the sphincter caused by hard stools - the kind you have if you're constipated. If the pressure is great, it can force the lining of the rectum to lose its proper position and suddenly protrude outside the body. This is known as a prolapsing internal hemorrhoid.
Often, these piles will return to the rectum on their own. If not, they can be pushed back with a finger each time the extend, until the bout of piles has ended.
If it cannot be pushed back inside, the hemorrhoid becomes strangulated and needs immediate medical attention.
If you have not been diagnosed, but just have symptoms, it's critically important that you do get an expert medical check up. The same symptoms can indicate more serious conditions such as cancer, polyps or colitis.
How Can You Prevent Them?
The best way to prevent this situation is to ensure that your stool remains soft, so that you aren't straining with bowel movements. There are a number of steps you can take to make this happen:
- drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, in addition to other beverages you may consume
- add fiber-rich fruits and vegetables to your diet
- reduce your consumption of dairy products
There is also a small field of scientific research showing that squatting, instead of sitting, when you have a bowel movement, can also help prevent protruding hemmorhoids.
How Can You Heal Them?
There are several ways to treat hemorrhoids, both surgical and non-surgical.
Surgical treatments, such as stapling, rubber band ligation, and laser surgery that can be used to treat the condition. Your physician will work with you to determine the best option for you.
There are numerous over-the-counter remedies on the market for treating the symptoms, as well. Look for a solution that contains witch hazel, butcher's broom or horse-chestnut - all three are natural anti-inflammatories.
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