Hemorrhoids are a common condition that can affect a variety of people from different cultures, sex and age. They can be very painful whether external or internal. Hemorrhoids occur when there is a lot of pressure in the anal canal vessels. Strain is the number one cause for hemorrhoids and can be produced through constipation, heavy lifting, pregnancy, poor nutrition, liver disease, and a lack of exercise. Symptoms of hemorrhoids can include itchiness, bleeding, burning, and a lot of pain. The pain can be caused when the hemorrhoids are rubbed either by wiping or when moving your body. Hemorrhoids are not something that is contagious and you cannot pick them up from being sexually active. If you have never seen a hemorrhoid, there are a variety of external hemorrhoid pics on the internet. You can also find photos of hemorrhoids in your local library. Be warned, hemroid photos are not pleasant to look at.
There are a variety of hemorrhoid prevention techniques such as:
- Eating healthy by adding more vegetables, fruits, fiber and whole grains. Avoid eating a lot of dairy and flour based products as they can cause build up and constipation. Constipation can lead to straining, therefore, developing hemorrhoids.
- Drink a lot of water. Drinking water can reduce build up of hard to pass stool in the bowel. It can soften the stool before you have a bowel movement, making it easier and less painful.
- Exercise is very important. People that sit a lot tend to be more prone to developing hemorrhoids. If you are in a job environment that requires that you sit for almost 8 hours day, you should take little breaks to walk around.
- Avoid lifting anything heavy. Heavy lifting is a great way to encourage hemorrhoid development.
If you are suffering from hemorrhoids then there are some ways you can decrease the pain and treat them such as:
- Topical creams and ointments can be used. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about which ones are the best to use.
- Witch hazel is a fabulous liquid ointment to use and can be found in most pharmacies or natural health stores. It is used for burns, cuts, wounds, scrapes and a variety of other conditions. It does not sting like rubbing alcohol and it can provide a cooling sensation for your hemorrhoid pain.
- Try having a sitz bath. A sitz bath is when someone sits in warm water a few times throughout the day. The water will relieve you of hemorrhoid pain.
- Ice can be a great way to numb the areas and cool the burning down.
- An anti-inflammatory can be used to decrease some of the discomfort. Your doctor might prescribe a specific one for you so you should plan to consult with them.
After you have seen hemroid photos on the internet or in the library, you will see how painful they look. They usually rise up in a lump and have a blue or greenish color. Some of them can be red because of bleeding. If you have concerns about the development of hemorrhoids talk to a health professional.