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  • Hemorrhoids are enlarged and swollen blood vessels that develop in the lower part of your rectum and anus. It usually affects adults aged 45 to 65 years old, but young people and children may experience this ailment as well
  • While health experts have not determined the exact cause of hemorrhoids, it’s said that they form because of an increased pressure in the lower rectum
 

Hemorrhoids: An Introduction

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Your body’s rectum and anus play major roles in temporarily storing and fully eliminating feces and other waste material from your body.1 Maintaining the health of these body parts is important, otherwise you may experience health problems that will not only hinder proper function, but cause pain and discomfort as well.

Hemorrhoids Can Be Very Painful

One such condition is hemorrhoids. These are enlarged and swollen blood vessels that develop in the lower part of your rectum and anus.2

While health experts have not determined the exact cause of hemorrhoids, it’s said that they form because of an increased pressure in the lower rectum. Other risk factors have also been linked to hemorrhoids, such as prolonged sitting, obesity, a low-fiber diet and constipation and diarrhea.3

Hemorrhoids usually affect adults aged 45 to 65 years old, but young people and children may experience this ailment as well. Men are more prone to having hemorrhoids, but women may also develop them, especially during pregnancy.4

In Europe and North America, an estimated 75 percent of adults are said to suffer from hemorrhoids.

Around half of people aged 50 years and above have already experienced at least one or more of the usual symptoms of hemorrhoids such as rectal pain, itching, bleeding and even prolapse (wherein hemorrhoids protrude through the anal canal), and/or have required treatment.5,6

Unfortunately, only a shocking 4 percent of this age group will have themselves treated for hemorrhoids. Doctors state that a large number of people who get a checkup are found to have this condition.7

Prevent Hemorrhoids From Affecting You

While they are not life-threatening,8 hemorrhoids are literally a pain in the backside. However, there are pain-relieving protocols that are effective, inexpensive and can be done at the comfort of your own home. There are also surgical procedures for hemorrhoids, but are only advisable for extreme cases.

Prevention is key; you can actually lower your risk for hemorrhoids (even if you don’t have them) by following a healthy and fiber-rich diet, incorporating more physical movement and even by changing the way you relieve yourself while on the toilet.

These articles will provide you with the information you need to know about this condition. Not only will you learn more about what hemorrhoids are, how they can affect you and the different types that you might notice, but you’ll also learn how to effectively get rid of hemorrhoids for good and prevent them from affecting you again.

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