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Hemorrhoids are caused by swelling or a movement of tissues located in the anus and rectum. Although they can be painful and uncomfortable, hemorrhoids are usually not dangerous.
Internal hemorrhoids are located inside the rectum. They generally do not cause pain since this area does not have sensory nerves.
External hemorrhoids are located under the skin, very close to the anal aperture. They can swell, itch and be very painful, especially during a bowel movement. When the hemorrhoids are external and cannot be pushed back inside, a medical consultation is necessary.
Mixed hemorrhoids are a combination of internal and external hemorrhoids.
You can suffer from hemorrhoids at any age, but they appear more frequently between the ages of 45 and 65. In younger people, they mostly occur in pregnant women or women who have just given birth. More than 50% of North Americans suffer or have suffered from hemorrhoids.
The exact cause is unknown, but many factors contribute to their development. Thus, you are more at risk of suffering from hemorrhoids if:
Symptoms caused by hemorrhoids include:
There are a number of effective, over-the-counter products that you can use to relieve your symptoms and treat your hemorrhoids:
Hemorrhoids can potentially lead to more serious complications like excessive bleeding, infection or thrombosis. If such problems arise, or if the hemorrhoids last more than seven days, see your doctor.
Don’t hesitate to ask your pharmacist if you have any questions on the prevention and treatment of hemorrhoids.
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