Although it is often an embarrassing topic, hemorrhoids is a far more common health problem then we think. In fact, at least 1 out of 2 people will suffer from it throughout their lives.
Hemorrhoids are caused by inflammation and swelling of veins in the anal or rectal area. Some factors favor their occurrence like constipation, advanced age, sitting for too long, bodybuilding, pregnancy, etc. A hemorrhoid “attack” is unpleasant being often very painful. It can also cause bleeding in the rectal area. Fortunately, hemorrhoids tend to disappear on their own in no time.
To relieve hemorrhoids, simple tricks are often effective: The use of hot baths and sits baths, maintaining a good hygiene of the anal area and the use of cold compresses and analgesics are often sufficient to improve the discomfort associated with hemorrhoids.
However, think prevention! Incorporating fiber to your diet, drinking plenty of water, avoiding staying in the same position (standing or sitting) too long and defecating as soon as the need arises, are all ways to limit the pressure on anal and rectal veins and ultimately prevent hemorrhoids. For more information, see your healthcare professional!