Hemorrhoids are known as a condition where the veins in the anal canal are put under pressure and strain, therefore, resulting in a painful lump of tissue that is either internal or external. People from all ages, race and sex can experience hemorrhoids and they can stop people from performing certain activities. People that have a sedentary lifestyle tend to get hemorrhoids more often than active people. If you work on a 9 to 5 job where you are sitting for approximately eight hours a day you can be more prone to this condition.
There are many causes for hemorrhoids such as heavy lifting, liver disease, excessive use of caffeine or alcohol, lack of nutrition, pregnancy and a low level of exercise. It is very important to exercise at least three times a week and approximately 25 to 30 minutes each time. If you keep a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, fiber, and protein you can prevent hemorrhoids from forming. Constipation is also a cause of hemorrhoid development and this is because a person is constantly trying to pass stool and cannot, so they strain. By drinking a lot of water throughout the day, you can prevent the stool from getting hard and bulky. Stool softeners can also be of assistance in the prevention of constipation and hemorrhoids. They can break up the stool within the bowel and make it easier to pass.
You may be wondering how long do hemorrhoids last? It really depends on what type they are. There are external, and internal types, and there are also bleeding hemorrhoids. Bleeding hemorrhoids may take a little longer since they have been rubbed, opened and possibly scratched with wiping. It isn’t always comfortable to talk about hemorrhoids because of the location where they develop, but it is important to know what you are dealing with.
External hemorrhoids are found around the base of the anus and they look like lumps. Most often they appear to be a brown or red color. They will become irritated as they are touched or rubbed upon. It might be a good idea to wear loose fitting pants and underwear when experiencing these.
Internal hemorrhoids are swollen veins that are located inside the anal canal and not visible by the human eye. Sometimes when someone is straining to pass stool the internal veins might protrude outwards and this can be very painful.
The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids are:
- Irritation and discomfort
- Discharge of mucus
- Inflammation and swelling
Getting back to the question of, ‘how long do hemorrhoids last’? They usually last for four to five days depending on the treatment that is given to them. If you treat them with ointments, Witch Hazel and with other healing substances, you might have more of a chance of getting rid of them faster. There are, however, quite a few people that suffer from more severe cases and have them for a few weeks. This is probably the best time to see a doctor as they can advise you on the best treatment for your individual case.