Hemorrhoids - pictures

Hemorrhoids - swollen and inflamed veins are around the anus or lower rectum. The rectum is the last part of the large intestine leading to the anus.

External hemorrhoids are located under the skin around the anus. Internal hemorrhoids develop in the lower rectum. Internal hemorrhoids can protrude it through the anus. Most prolapsed hemorrhoids back into the rectum give on their own.

Hemorrhoids - Signs, symptoms and causes

- Causes

Anal or rectal veins causes hemorrhoids. Several factors can cause this swelling, including:

chronic constipation or diarrhea

State on the toilet for long periods of time

lack of fiber in the diet

Another cause of hemorrhoids is weakening in the rectum and anus connective tissue that occurs with aging.

Pregnancy can cause hemorrhoids by increasing the pressure in the abdomen, which can increase the veins in the lower rectum and anus. For most women, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy disappear after birth.

Signs and symptoms

The most common symptom of internal hemorrhoids is bright red blood in the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet. Internal hemorrhoids are not usually painful prolapse are not. Prolapsed hemorrhoids often cauzeza pain, discomfort, and anal itching.

Blood clots can form in external hemorrhoids. A blood clot in a vein is called thrombosis. Thrombosed external hemorrhoids cause bleeding, painful swelling or a hard lump around the anus. When the blood clot dissolves excess skin left behind. This skin can become irritated and can cause itching.

Excessive straining, rubbing, or cleaning around the anus may be symptoms such as itching and irritation worse.

Hemorrhoids are not dangerous. Symptoms usually disappear within a few days, and some people have no symptoms of hemorrhoids.


The doctor will examine the anus and rectum to determine if a person has hemorrhoids. and symptoms similar to the symptoms of hemorrhoids are other anorectal problems, such as cracks, boils, warts and polyps.

The doctor will perform a physical examination to look for hemorrhoids visible. A digital rectal exam with a gloved finger, smeared and anuscop can be made to view the rectum.

A thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis by a doctor is important any time when a person is bleeding from the rectum or blood in the stool. Bleeding can be a symptom of other digestive diseases, including colorectal cancer.

Additional examinations may be performed to rule out other causes of bleeding, especially in people 40 years or older:

Colonoscopy. A flexible tube called a colonoscope is inserted through enlightened anus, rectum, and upper intestine, called the colon. Colonoscope transmits images from inside the rectum and entire colon.

Sigmoidoscopy. This procedure is similar to colonoscopy, but it uses a short tube called sigmoidoscope and transmits images of the rectum and sigmoid colon, the lower part of the colon, which empties into the rectum.

Barium enema x ray. A contrast material called barium is inserted into the colon to make it more visible in the raze- x.

Hemorrhoids - Treatment

simple diet and lifestyle changes often reduce the swelling of hemorrhoids and hemorrhoid symptoms improve. Eating a high fiber diet can make stools softer and easier to pass, reducing pressure on hemorrhoids caused by straining.

Fiber is found in plants. The human body can digest fiber, but the fiber helps to improve digestion and preventing constipation. Good sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Doctors may suggest also taking a stool softener or a bulk fiber supplement such as psyllium (Metamucil) or methylcellulose (Citrucel).

Other changes that may help relieve the symptoms of hemorrhoids include

Drinking six to eight glasses of water or other liquid drinks every day

Sitting in a tub of warm water for 10 minutes several times a day

exercises to prevent constipation

creams and suppositories can temporarily relieve pain and itching of hemorrhoids. These treatments should be used only for a short time because long-term use can damage the skin.

If home treatments do not result in improvement of symptoms, then treatment may be necessary performed in a doctor's office or hospital. Outpatient treatments for internal hemorrhoids include:

Rubber band ligation. The doctor puts a rubber band around the base of hemorrhoids special. This cut the circulation, causing the hemorrhoid to shrink. This procedure should be performed only by a physician.

Sclerotherapy. The doctor injects a chemical solution into the blood vessel to decrease hemorrhoids.

Infrared coagulation. The doctor uses heat to shrink the hemorrhoid tissue.

Large external hemorrhoids or internal hemorrhoids that do not respond to other treatments may be removed surgically.