Hemorrhoids(piles) are basically the same thing as having varicose veins in your anus, they occur because the veins in your anus and rectum are swollen
This can occur when the pressure in the veins increases either due to straining when defecating or during pregnancy when the uterus causes the veins to swell because blood tends to pool in them.
Haemorrhoids can either be internal or external
External because they occur around the anus.
Internal because they occur inside the rectum/anus
Are they common? Yes, a lot of young people have them and many times they may not cause severe symptoms asides from intense anal itching and occasional bleeding
The good news? Changing some habits can help with your haemorrhoids
How Do I know I have It?
Here are some signs that may let you know you have haemorrhoids
- Bleeding when you go to the toilet, usually painless, you may notice blood when you clean up or it may splatter in the toilet bowl
- Itching or irritation in your anus
- Pain ( this occurs when a clot forms inside the veins, can cause intense pain)
- The feeling of something protruding from your anus
When Should See a Doctor?
Immediately, bleeding from your anus are not caused only by haemorrhoids, there are other sinister causes of bleeding, like cancer of the rectum, and if you are other 40 please see a doctor immediately,
That may be the visit that saves your life
Do not assume
What causes Hemorrhoids
There are veins in your anus tend to swell under pressure and may burst.
The commonest causes are:
- Straining while defecating, this increases the pressure in the veins
- Sitting for long periods of time on the toilet, this also increases the pressure in the veins
- Chronic diarrhoea or constipation
- Pregnancy( the swollen uterus may cause a backflow of blood in the veins and cause them to swell
- Anal intercourse
- Low-fibre diet (this leads to constipation, which may cause the veins to swell, because of the straining)
Sometimes the blood supply to the haemorrhoid can be cut off, and cause intense pain.
We looked for the best ways for best ways to prevent haemorrhoids and we are sharing them with you
- Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This helps your stool to form, leading to less constipation
- Drink enough water daily to also keep your stool soft, hard stools can make you strain and can also lead to a tear in your anus
- Stop straining when you go to the toilet, drink lots of water if you feel you are going to strain
- Don’t wait for long before you go to the toilet, go immediately you feel the urge, going later means your body absorbs water from the stool and make sit harder to pass
- Exercise, exercise. Exercise, this can help reduce the pressure on the veins in your anus
- Don’t sit for too long, stand up and walk around,
- Avoid spending long periods of time on the toilet, Some of you are reading this on the toilet seat(winks)