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What are causes and symptoms of hemorrhoids?

• Hemorrhoids are also known as piles.
• This is a condition in which veins in the lower rectum and anus have become swollen and inflamed.
• During a bowel movement certain pressure is applied on this region.
• This is as the veins in the region inflame and stretch.
• The veins in the rectal area begin to bulge.
• They bulge when exposed to such excessive pressure on a regular basis.

Types of Hemorrhoids or Piles

Hemorrhoids are mainly of two types:
– Internal hemorrhoids : Internal hemorrhoids build inside the hemorrhoid area.
– External hemorrhoids : External hemorrhoids are located beneath the skin, around the anus and hence can readily be experienced.

Hemorrhoids can lead to:
• Chronic blood loss
• Strangulated piles
• Tissue death
• Gangrene

Signs and Symptoms of Hemorrhoids or Piles

• A painful lump near the anal opening
• Bleeding during bowel movements
• Leakage of feces
• Irritation and itchiness near the anal region
• Light-headedness
• Dizziness or bouts of passing out
• Appearance of blood clots during a bowel movement
• Seeing blood mixed with stools
• Passing stools that are black, tarry or maroon in color

External Symptoms
• Painful
• Pain typically resolves in 2 – 3 days
• The swelling takes a few weeks to disappear.
• A skin tag may remain after healing.
• Irritation of the surrounding skin
• Itchiness around the anus.

Internal Symptoms
• Painless, bright red, rectal bleeding
• Bleeding during or following a bowel movement
• Blood typically covers the stool
• The stool itself is usually normally coloured.
• Mucous discharge
• A perianal mass if they prolapse through the anus
• Itchiness
• Fecal incontinence
• Painful if they become thrombosed or necrotic.

Causes of Hemorrhoids or Piles

• irregular bowel habits
• constipation
• diarrhea
• lack of exercise
• nutritional factors – low-fiber diets
• increased intra-abdominal pressure
• ascitis
• pregnancy
• genetics
• absence of valves within the hemorrhoidal veins
• aging
• obesity
• prolonged sitting
• chronic cough
• pelvic floor dysfunction

Some more causes
• Sitting in the toilet for a long period of time but unable to pass stools
• Engaging in anal intercourse regularly
• Suffering from digestive problems

Individuals with Hemorrhoids are prone to conditions of:
• Infections
• Inflammation
• Injuries
• Other similar problems

Diet for Hemorrhoids

• Digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea can aggravate hemorrhoids.
• Consume at least 8 to 10 glasses of water each day.
• This will ensure bowel movements also to maintain the stools soft.
• Hence, in order to prevent hemorrhoids it is very important to follow a suitable diet.

Some of the foods which should be incorporated in a food plan for people with hemorrhoids:
– Spinach
– Raisins
– Prunes
– Bran and other breakfast cereal
– Vinegar
– Whole grained bread
– Potatoes
– Broccoli
– Brown rice
– Oats
– Oranges
– Beans
– Papaya
– Grains
– Apples
– Nuts
– Peas

Fiber
• Fiber is a vital nutrient factor in food plan for hemorrhoids.
• This helps in adding bulk to stools.
• Fiber also softens them.
• Avoid straining to pass stools.
• Straining worsens hemorrhoids.

Raise the amount of fiber by taking in larger quantities of:
– fresh fruits
– vegetables
– grains
– cereals
– beans

Some of the common food items that lead to digestive problems are:
– Spicy food
– Alcoholic beverages
– Caffeinated beverages like coffee and aerated drinks
– White bread
– Pasta
– Bakery items like pastries, cakes and pies.

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