Home Remedy for Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are typically easy to treat and clear up on their own, but in very rare cases, hemorrhoids could cause complications. Some of the treatment methods involve simply easing the symptoms of the hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are associated with chronic constipation, straining during bowel movements, and prolonged sitting on the toilet all of which interfere with blood flow to and from the area, causing it to pool and enlarge the vessels. This also explains why hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy once the enlarging uterus presses on the veins.
More recent studies show that patients with hemorrhoids tend to have a higher resting anal canal tone that's, the smooth muscle of the anal canal tends to be tighter than average (even once not straining). Constipation adds to these troubles because straining during a bowel movement will increase pressure in the anal canal and pushes the hemorrhoids against the sphincter muscle. Finally, the connective tissues that support and hold hemorrhoids in place will weaken with age, causing hemorrhoids to bulge and prolapse.
Causes of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are caused by swelling in the anal or rectal veins and this makes them susceptible to irritation. Enlargement of the veins around the anus causes hemorrhoids.
They can occur for the following reasons:
Pregnancy - Pregnant women can get hemorrhoids during the last 6 months of pregnancy. This is because of increased pressure on the blood vessels in the pelvic area. Straining to push the baby out during labor can make hemorrhoids worse.
Aging - Hemorrhoids are most common among adults aged 45 to 65 years and this does not mean; however, that young people and children do not get them.
Diarrhea - Hemorrhoids will occur after cases of chronic diarrhea.
Chronic constipation - Straining to move stool puts additional pressure on the walls of the blood vessels.
Sitting for too long - Staying in a seated position for long periods can cause hemorrhoids, especially on the toilet.
Heavy lifting - Repeatedly lifting heavy objects will cause hemorrhoids.
Anal intercourse - this will cause new hemorrhoids or worsen existing ones.
Obesity - Diet-related obesity will cause hemorrhoids.
Genetics - Some people inherit a tendency to develop hemorrhoids.
Risk Factors of Hemorrhoids
Risk factors for severe or recurrent hemorrhoids include:
Not getting enough fiber
Being overweight or obese
Having chronic constipation
Having chronic diarrhea
Sitting on the toilet for too long
Straining while having a bowel movement
Having anal intercourse
Some of the above factors can also make it difficult for hemorrhoids to heal, allowing the problem to persist for longer. Hemorrhoids are passed on genetically from parent to child, so if your parents had hemorrhoids, you’re more probably to get them. Consistent heavy lifting, being obese, or having other constant strain on your body will increase your risk of hemorrhoids. Standing too much without taking a break to sit will cause hemorrhoids to develop. Consistent anal sexual activity and diarrhea may also increase your risk of hemorrhoids. You’re also more likely to develop hemorrhoids if you’re pregnant and once the uterus enlarges, it presses on the vein in the colon, causing it to bulge.
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