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Hemorrhoids

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“Hemorrhoids can bleed, typically after a bowel movement, producing blood-streaked stool or toilet paper. The blood may turn water in the toilet bowl red. However, the amount of blood is usually small, and hemorrhoids rarely lead to severe blood loss or anemia.” – Alfred the Great

“Changing my toilet position has abolished hemorrhoid issues for me.  Humans were made to squat and our toilets do not create the proper position for evacuation. Try raising your feet on a stool next time you sit on the toilet. That will better simulate a squat, and if you do it right you’ll find that you don’t even need to push very hard to evacuate because your body’s natural position will do most of the work for you. If you have ever squatted in the woods you’d notice how easy it is to evacuate. That’s because it is the proper position and it is actually hard to keep it in when you are in a squat position.” – HemoPatient

 What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids occur when the veins surrounding the anus are inflamed. Hemorrhoids are also called piles.

There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids develop within the anus; external hemorrhoids develop outside of the anus.

Hemorrhoids cause pain, severe itching, and difficulty sitting. As hemorrhoids generally get worse as time goes by, health care professionals suggest they should be treated as soon as they appear.

Causes of Hemorrhoids

 Common causes of hemorrhoids include:

  • Constant muscular tensions around the anus
  • Straining to move a stool
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Sitting too long
  • Heavy lifting

Did You Know?

75% of people develop hemorrhoids at some stage in their life and that by the age of fifty, 50% of people have had a hemorrhoid at least once?

In most hemorrhoid cases patients can take simple measures to alleviate symptoms while the problem heals on its own.

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