What are Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are quite common and by age 50, it’s estimated that half of adults have experienced them at one time or another. Also known as ‘piles’, hemorrhoids are veins in your anus and lower rectum that have become swollen and inflamed.An embarrassing subject for many people, hemorrhoids are common and something you should not be afraid to deal with or talk to your doctor about!
You may have internal or external hemorrhoids or both. Those located internally are often not felt if they are higher up and usually do not cause discomfort, though they can leave marks of blood on your stool. External hemorrhoids are often painful and itchy since there are many nerve receptors in that area. These too can break open and bleed, causing bright red blood to leak into the toilet bowl.
Understanding hemorrhoids is the first step to clearing them up and keeping them under control. It’s also important to note that while hemorrhoids themselves may not pose serious health risks, you may have other issues that your doctor should be aware of, so be sure to raise the subject with your local doctor.