Of the two types of hemorrhoids, external hemorrhoids are the easiest to spot and to diagnose. This is because they are quite obvious when compared to their internal counterparts. External hemorrhoids, as their name suggests, are the ones that happen outside of the rectum. They occur just beneath the skin around the anus and can often be easily felt and observed. When people think of hemorrhoids, this is the type that usually comes first to mind.
In this article and in related pages we will cover what causes it and how to treat external hemorrhoids.
CAUSES OF EXTERNAL HEMORRHOIDS
Many different factors and conditions can cause external hemorrhoids. Certain lifestyles and habits can increase the likelihood of this pesky problem. Here is a list of a few of the most common causes.
- Excessive straining when having a bowel movement
- Sitting for an unusually long period of time when trying to move the bowels
- Trying to rush the process of having a bowel movement, added increased pressure
- Pregnancy – added weight, as well as the pushing during labor
- Obesity – additional pounds add pressure to the veins in the anal and rectal region
- Aging – general and normal degeneration of muscle and tissue
- Chronic constipation and/or diarrhea
- A high fat, low fiber diet
If you are experiencing external hemorrhoids and you are seeking advice how to treat external hemorrhoids examine your lifestyle and dietary habits and make any necessary changes. How to do so, please read our full guide to natural treatment for hemorrhoids.
For extreme hemorrhoid cases or major discomfort, please consult your doctor.