Hemorrhoids: Why They Happen And How To Heal
It’s a little-known fact that everyone has hemorrhoids…because hemorrhoids are actually just small pads of tissue in the rectum that assist with continence. When they’re behaving properly, you won’t even know they’re there, but all too often, people develop hemorrhoidal disease that makes them hard to ignore. When people talk about “hemorrhoids,” chances are they’re referring to this disease, which affects a large percentage of people in industrialized nations.
Although the condition is frequently associated with aging, 35% of cases afflict people younger than 50. This means that there are a variety of factors that contribute to the development of hemorrhoids, and while age is one of them, it’s certainly not the only one.
In this article, we’ll explore some of the reasons people develop hemorrhoids, as well as strategies for combating the disease in yourself.
Some of the major causes of hemorrhoids:
- Genetic predisposition: if your parents or other relatives have a history of suffering this disease, you’re more at risk
- Improper nutrition: consuming foods that are harsh to the digestive system (like coffee, alcohol, spicy food, fried food, etc.) and not getting enough fiber
- Frequent bouts of constipation or diarrhea
- Laxative overuse/abuse
- A sedentary lifestyle lacking frequent movement
- High-impact sports that put stress on the abdominals
Pregnant women are also at higher risk for hemorrhoids, but for different reasons:
- Extra weight pressing on the uterus, slowing blood flow and contributing to varicose vein development
- Sudden drastic increase of abdominal pressure during delivery
- Alteration of hormones that affect vascular tissue
If any of these factors describe you, you should be extra-alert for signs of hemorrhoids. Common symptoms include:
- Rectal pain or uncomfortable pressure
- Prolapsing hemorrhoids (at more severe stages)
- Bright red blood during defecation
Many people experience no pain with internal hemorrhoids, especially at first. Bleeding is the most frequent signal and often the only noticeable one.
Which symptoms you experience will also depend on whether your hemorrhoids are internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids are located inside the rectum, are not visible, and are typically not painful. External hemorrhoids are small, hard nodules outside the anus that are more commonly responsible for itching and pain.
In order to prevent hemorrhoids from affecting you, you’ll need to address the factors that put you at risk. The only foolproof method for healing lies in prevention, so using natural lifestyle adjustments is your best bet.
Since improper diets and inadequate exercise are two of the major reasons people experience this unpleasant disease, you should be conscious of this in your everyday life. Eat foods that are kind to your digestive system, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, to prevent issues like constipation and gastrointestinal pressure (laxatives are incredibly harsh and only make things worse). Also get up and move around throughout the day to keep your blood flowing!
If your hemorrhoids are already severe and it’s too late to immediately address them with lifestyle changes, you should consult your family doctor, who may recommend you to a proctologist. There are various outpatient techniques that have proven effective in addressing hemorrhoidal disease, although these are much more expensive and uncomfortable than simple natural prevention!
In the most serious cases, surgery is an option as well. There are several different types of surgery, corresponding to the seriousness of your problem, that your doctor will be able to direct you to if this proves necessary.
However, keep in mind that even surgery will not prevent a relapse! It will address your problem for the short term, but do nothing to give you the permanent results you want.
The same applies to local treatments and medicines like ointments, creams, and salves, whether prescription or over-the-counter. These do provide quick relief, but don’t contribute to sustainable healing. Additionally, they can have unpleasant side effects if overused.
All of this goes to illustrate that if you’re susceptible to hemorrhoids, nothing short of changing your lifestyle will banish them for good. You can’t live an unhealthy lifestyle and expect medicine or surgery to fix you after the damage has been done!
Above all, if you think you have hemorrhoids, don’t ignore the symptoms. Don’t worry about being embarrassed, because the longer you wait, the more potential there is for your situation to worsen. Address the problem immediately; consult a doctor and take steps that very same day to address the underlying causes at play in your disease.
Hemorrhoidal disease is annoying, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. Natural remedies are the best way to heal your symptoms for good, without damaging your body or experiencing unpleasant side effects. Take your health into your own hands and you could be hemorrhoid-free for the rest of your life!