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Have you ever had hemorrhoids? If so, you know just how uncomfortable or even painful they can be! How can you resolve this issue?
Hemorrhoids are caused by the swelling or displacement of tissue located in the anus and rectum. Although they can be painful and uncomfortable, hemorrhoids are usually not serious.
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 hemorrhoids are external and cannot be pushed back inside, a medical consultation is necessary.
Mixed hemorrhoids are a combination of internal and external hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids can occur 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 those who have just given birth. More than 50% of North Americans have or have had hemorrhoids.
The exact cause is not known, but there are several contributing factors to their onset. Therefore, you are more at risk of suffering from hemorrhoids if:
The signs and symptoms caused by hemorrhoids include:
There are a number of effective over-the-counter products that you can use to relieve symptoms and treat hemorrhoids:
Hemorrhoids can potentially lead to more serious complications like significant bleeding, infection or thrombosis. See your doctor if such problems arise or if hemorrhoids last more than seven days.
Don’t hesitate to speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions about the prevention and treatment of hemorrhoids.
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