Hemorrhoids Information

Hemorrhoids info

Hemorrhoids Symptoms

The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids are:

  • Bright red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl.

  • Rectal itching caused by hemorrhoids.

  • Painful swelling or a hard lump around the rectum.

  • Irritation and pain around the rectum.

  • Painful bowel movement

  • Swollen veins - hemorrhoids - will appear as lumps near the rectal opening or a swollen vein may stick out through the anal opening (referred to as "prolapsed hemorrhoid)"

Hemorrhoids Causes

Hemorrhoids are caused by too much pressure put on the veins in the lower rectal area.

The most common cause of hemorrhoids is constipation.

Other causes are pregnancy, significantly overweight, overeating, genetic predisposition to a weakness of the veins, acid/alkaline imbalance, fatigue liver, Vitamin B-6 deficiency, sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time and lack of exercise can contribute to the development of hemorrhoid.


Hems prevention may include:

  • Eating a high fiber diet.

  • Preventing or treating constipation.

  • Avoid straining to have a bowel movement.

  • Avoiding long periods of sitting without a break (exercise regularly).

  • Drinking plenty of fluids.

  • Sitz baths, in which you soak your bottom in water, may relieve the itching and discomfort.

  • Attempt to gently push any hemorrhoid that sticks out back inside the anus.

  • Regularly clean the rectal area gently after every bowel movement.

  • Wear cotton undergarments.

  • Avoid toilet tissue with perfumes or colors.

  • Try not to scratch the area.

  • Increase exercise, practicing better posture.

What are hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are abnormally enlarged veins around the anus or lower rectum.    

They are caused by too much pressure put on the veins in the rectum forcing blood to stretch and bulge the walls of the veins, sometimes rupturing them.

Other names are: varicose veins of the rectum, lump in the rectum, piles, rectal lump.

The correct spelling is hemorrhoids or haemorrhoids - although many are misspelling it as: haemorrhoid, hemeroids, hemerroids, hemmeroids, hemmerroids, hemmoroids, hemrroids, hemoroids, hemorrhoides, hemorroids, hemroids.

Piles can develop due to a genetic predisposition to hemorrhoids weakness in the walls of the veins in the rectal area.

Pregnancy, significant overweight, heavy lifting, sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time also contribute to the development of hemorrhoids.

Once they become inflamed, piles can itch, bleed, and cause pain. Unless treated properly hemeroids only tend to get worse over the years.

Types of Hemorrhoids

There are two main types of hemorrhoids:

  • Internal  and
  • External

Internal Hemorrhoids

Internal hems develop inside the rectum on top of the dentate line and are rarely seen or felt.

Internal hemorrhoid sometimes causes bleeding, especially during a bowel movement.

Prolapsed Hemorrhoid

During a bowel movement, internal hemorrhoid may prolapse, push out through the rectum, many times bleeding and causing pain.

External Hemorrhoids

External hemorrhoids develop around the rectal opening and are the one you can feel and see.

Thrombosed Hemorrhoid

External hems can be very painful. When external hemorrhoid form a blood clot (thrombus), it can appear blue in color and can cause severe pain, itching, and inflammation.

Hemorrhoids treatment

Hemorrhoids treatment options may include:

  • Various creams are helping to reduce the pain, swelling, and itching. NOTE: Before choosing creams for hemorrhoids treatment be aware that creams containing steroid preparations deliver temporary relief, however, weaken the skin and may contribute to further flare-ups!

  • Sclerotherapy - Injection of medicine that is irritating to the inside - cause hemorrhoid to shrink and is used for the smallest of piles.

  • Super freezing use of extreme cold causes the hems to shrivel and die.

  • Rubber band ligation a.k.a Baron ligation -  tight rubber bands are placed around the base of each hemorrhoid - causes it to shrivel and die.

  • Enema and Sitz Bath.

  • Cryosurgery, Hemorrhoidectomy  and laser treatment

Natural Hemorrhoids Remedies

  • Herbs and dietary supplements that strengthen vein walls, such as butcher's broom, horse chestnut, bromelain, and Japanese pagoda tree extracts.

  • Drinking 99% pure aloe juice can also relieve itching and swelling.

  • Topical application of natural astringents and soothing agents, such as Witch hazel (astringent), cranesbill and aloe vera.

  • According to Andrew Saul, Ph.D. (Basic Health/publisher) and reported in Doctor Yourself, treatment with topical Vitamin E (twice daily, open up Vitamin E capsule and squeeze Vitamin E out and apply to the site) has also been successful for some individuals.

  • Bilberry Bioflavonoid (Bilberry Extract or Vaccinium myrtillus) is a potent flavonoid protects and maintains venous strength and function.

The advantage of natural hemorrhoids treatment vs. surgical procedure is in painless relief, no loss of working hours and lasting results.