How to Prevent Hemorrhoids

Man with hemorrhoids
By Dr. Peter Klapper Ph.D.

Hemorrhoids are essentially varicose veins of the rectum. Hemorrhoidal veins are located at the lowest point of the rectum and anus. The vein wall will stretch and become swollen this causes them to become thin so that when there is a bowel movement, they are irritated. When these veins are swollen, itch, bleed, or hurt they are known as hemorrhoids, or piles. Hemorrhoids are either internal inside the rectum or external on the outer surface of the anus. Often accompanied by fissures as well. Ask your health care provider for information that will aid in hemorrhoids prevention.

Internal Hemorrhoids
Internal hemorrhoids lie so far within the rectum that you cannot feel or see them. There are few pain sensing nerves in the rectum, so they usually do not hurt. When blood appears on the stools this may be the only sign of their presence. At times the internal hemorrhoids may become prolapsed or enlarge and protrude outside the anal sphincter. When this takes place they appear as moist, pink like veins they are soft to the touch and are brighter in color the surrounding area. Prolapsed hemorrhoids are painful because the anus is dense with pain sensing nerves. If they do not recede back into the rectum on their own, they may be genitally pushed back into place. Hemorrhoids prevention information can be found on the net, at the library, or in your health care providers office.

External Hemorrhoids
External hemorrhoids lie within the anus and are usually very painful. The external hemorrhoids usually prolepses to the outside when straining to pass a stool you will see and feel them at this time. Thrombosis is an extremely painful condition caused when blood clots form inside the prolapsed external hemorrhoids. Despite their appearance when hemorrhoids turn blue and purple and possibly bleed, they are not usually serious. They normally will resolve in about a week. A health care provider can remove the thrombosis in his office when the pain becomes unbearable. After they are removed, follow the guidelines found in the information on hemorrhoids prevention that is available in the office of your healthcare provider.

What If You Have Bleeding?
Whenever there is bleeding it is your body saying, there is a problem here. It is time to see a health care provider the bleeding could be a sign of something more serious as in colorectal cancer. Hemorrhoids that bleed are rarely dangerous. While you are in the health care providers office ask for information on hemorrhoids prevention.

About fifty percent of the people in the United States will suffer with hemorrhoids, usually between the ages of twenty to fifty. They may possibly be inherited, if someone in your family has varicose veins or hemorrhoids. Other sources can be pregnancy, a woman’s body is going through weight, and hormone changes, pressure her abdomen, and problems with her bowels, hemorrhoids will appear fortunately when they are present in pregnancy they fade away after childbirth. Ask your health care provider for hemorrhoids prevention information.

Causes of Hemorrhoids
Obesity is one of the major problems in the United States today, not only does it cause hemorrhoids there are several life-threatening diseases caused by obesity as well. Sitting for long periods of time causes rectal pressure to do not sit on a doughnut cushion it makes matters worse. Take a break as often as possible and take a walk to the cooler for a drink of water. Standing all day causes problems also, take a break as often as you are allowed and put your feet up. Check with the nurse at work they will have information on hemorrhoids prevention.

Other sources include, liver disease, straining from constipation and diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, vomiting, and holding your breath while straining to lift or do hard physical labor. Wear a belt when lifting and remember to breath. Having hemorrhoids can be very painful and they can reoccur. Read, search online, and ask questions about hemorrhoids prevention to protect yourself. Prevention is the key word here.

The National Cancer Institute recommends consuming 20 to 30 grams of dietary fiber per day. This should be a mix of soluble and insoluble fiber. Most Americans fiber intake per day is 14 to 15 grams. This isn’t enough fiber to ensure hemorrhoids prevention.

Sources of Fiber
Some common sources for soluble fiber are, apples, barley, beans, citrus fruits, many vegetables, oats, peas, psyllium seed, squash, and strawberries. Take a break from fast food and pack your lunch for a healthier, leaner you. This would also be a great form of hemorrhoids prevention.

Some common sources of insoluble fibers are, bran, breakfast cereals, corn, flaxseed, potatoes, skins of fruits and vegetables, whole wheat, and whole grain products. Hide the Pop Tarts and introduce your family to a healthier lifestyle. In today’s world of obese children this will work wonders, and it will also aid in hemorrhoids prevention.

Most American foods are not high in fiber, when choosing a cereal for the family choose one with 5 or more grams of fiber. Use whole grain breads such as corn bread made from whole ground cornmeal, cracked wheat bread, oatmeal bread, rye bread, pumpernickel bread, and whole wheat bread. Make cut out sandwiches for the children this is a good way to introduce them to whole wheat bread, bake oatmeal cookies instead of giving the family other sweets. This will do wonders for the health of the whole family, and for hemorrhoids prevention.

Grains that have been refined have the fiber removed. White flour for example is whole-wheat flour that has the fiber removed while being refined. Whole-wheat flour is a good source of fiber white flour is not. Just because bread is brown that does not mean that it is high in fiber. Look for a label that states if the bread is whole wheat or whole grain. When you educate yourself to the benefits of fiber the whole family benefits as well. Fiber intake in your diet works wonders in aiding in hemorrhoids prevention as well. If you're looking for natural hemorrhoid treatments, try our Extra Strength Natural Hemorrhoid Relief medicine.

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