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Did you know that approximately half of people over the age of 50 have suffered from hemorrhoids? Obviously it’s not the most widely discussed topic! Who wants to talk about a problem involving that part of our anatomy!?The extremity of the intestines (the rectum) and the anus are irrigated by veins which, normally, may swell slightly during bowel movements. However, the term “hemorrhoid” is used when these veins become permanently dilated and inflamed to the point of causing itching and irritation. This ailment is also sometimes referred to as anal varicose veins, but no matter it is called, it’s a very unpleasant and embarrassing problem.
What causes Hemorrids?
Hemorrhoids are caused mainly from constipation, pregnancy and obesity. When a person has trouble having a bowel movement, for example, they may push harder than usual, exerting pressure on the veins in the anal region. These veins also sustain greater pressure during pregnancy and childbirth, or when a person is overweight.
Internal and external hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are always internal to start with; they are located above the anal sphincter and are not perceptible from the outside. However, they may become external through exertion during bowel movements. External hemorrhoids are located on the outside of the anal sphincter and are therefore perfectly visible. This type of hemorrhoid is frequently caused from pushing.
How to detect hemorrhoids
- Itching around the anus
- Irritation during bowel movements and occasional, slight bleeding
- Loss of liquids during or after bowel movements
- Difficult bowel movements
- Minor blistering of the anal wall
Treatment and prevention of hemorrhoids
There is no magical trick but certain precautions can be of immense help in preventing hemorrhoids:
- Maintain a balanced, high-fibre diet. Choose whole foods, raw vegetables and fresh fruit.
- Drinks lots of water (one and a half to two litres a day).
- Ensure regular physical activity and try to maintain a healthy weight.
- Adopt healthy bowel movement behaviours: Avoid withholding the urge to go, but also avoid excessive pushing.
- Avoid staying seated on the toilet too long.
- Practise specific hygienic measures. If you are suffering from major irritation, wipe the anal area with toilet paper soaked in water or with a damp, unscented towelette.
A natural solution to hemorrhoid problems
Horse chestnut seeds (Aesculus hippocastanum) have been used for years in treating circulation disorders, specifically venous problems. Generations of people dealing with hemorrhoids have trusted this remedy, with successful results. A.Vogel Venaforce Extra, made from horse chestnut seeds, can help you treat hemorrhoids and regain your well-being.