DID YOU KNOW…
Hemorrhoids are one of the most common ailments known.
More than half of the people will develop hemorrhoids after the age of 30.
Millions of Americans have hemorrhoids and many of them suffer in silence of a long time.
Today’s treatments are much less painful.
WHAT ARE HEMORRHOIDS?
Hemorrhoids are veins in the rectum and anus that engorge with blood and dilate.
External hemorrhoids are on the outside, near the anal opening. They can clot (thrombose) and be a very painful lump.
Internal hemorrhoids develop on the inside of the rectum and can cause itching, discomfort, and bleeding. If they get big enough, internal hemorrhoids can ‘prolapse’ out of the anal opening and be painful until pushed back in.
WHAT CAUSES HEMORRHOIDS?
The exact cause is unknown, but many factors can contribute. Constipation, aging, pregnancy, heredity, straining, spending long periods of times on the toilet.
What ever the cause, the tissues that support the veins get stretched. The vessels then dilate, the walls become thin, then bleeding occurs.