What are Haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids, often a taboo subject, are more common than one would think. Haemorrhoids affect approximately 50% of the population and appear to be distributed evenly across both males and females.

Everyone has haemorrhoidal cushions. The haemorrhoidal cushions swell to ensure proper closure of the anus. These cushions, however, can cause a problem when they enlarge. This occurs when the blood vessels in the haemorrhoidal tissue swell due to excessive pressure exerted on weakened tissue. Haemorrhoids create a

problem when the veins around the anus or lower rectum are swollen and inflamed. This may result from

straining to move stool. Contributing factors include obesity, nutrition, chronic constipation, pregnancy and anal intercourse. Click here or click image to enlarge.

There are two common types of haemorrhoids, internal haemorrhoids, which are located inside the anus and external haemorrhoids those that protrude outside the anus. Internal haemorrhoids usually cause less pain and many people do not even know that they have them. External haemorrhoids cause more noticeable problems for sufferers.

Anal fissures are tears in the lining of the anal canal that are often mistaken with haemorrhoids because of the similarity of symptoms. One may experience pain, itching, burning, and blood in the stool. Fissures, as they are tears (not a case of unnatural swelling) will not protrude outside the anus.

Haemorrhoids are usually quite uncomfortable but are not dangerous or life threatening. Haemorrhoidial symptoms can disappear after a few days but eventually return, often worse. The infection of haemorrhoid, however, can cause serious complications.

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