Symptoms to watch out for include:
- Bleeding in the Rectal Region
Bleeding from the rectal area can point to a case of hemorrhoids. Typically the bleeding is painless, so the individual may not think much of it. In fact, they may only observe it if they see blood in the toilet or the toilet paper becomes stained. It is recommended to check for other symptoms of hemorrhoids if blood is spotted on the toilet paper.
- Discomfort in the Rectal Region
Discomfort or pain in the rectal region is another symptom of hemorrhoids. The discomfort may also be accompanied by constant itching in the region. Due to itching and discomfort, it is also possible that the affected area becomes sore.
- Leaking Feces
This symptom is not experienced by everyone but it can be a sign that there is a hemorrhoid problem. Due to bulging veins, the muscular control of the anal opening or rectal pathway is disturbed. This causes leakage of feces or uncontrolled excretion from the anal region.
Perhaps the most prominent, or say visible symptom of hemorrhoids is the formation of lumps in the anal region. The region may swell up and form lumps that are pink in color. These lumps may also be blue or even appear purple on occasion.
- Burning Sensation
The suffering individual may also feel a burning sensation in the anal region. This happens because the blood vessels are swollen and are under a lot of stress. This burning sensation can be very uncomfortable and also present difficulty sitting.
- Mucus Discharge
In some cases, the individual suffering from hemorrhoids may also experience mucus discharge. This may be coupled with feces leakage, and people may find blood and mucus on the toilet paper or in their stool.
- Feeling of fullness
As the veins in the affected area are under a lot of pressure, the individual may also feel that their bowel is full. This feeling of fullness may cause discomfort and trigger unnecessary anxiety.
How Authentic are the Symptoms?
These symptoms may not be the most authentic indication that a person has hemorrhoids. Most of these symptoms like the formation of lumps are also symptoms of other diseases such as Crohn’s disease and colon polyps. These two conditions are way more severe than hemorrhoids and need to be checked out immediately by a healthcare professional.
In this scenario, there are a few possibilities. Either, the individual becomes alarmed by the symptoms and may even think that they have colorectal cancer. Or, on the flip side, they may end up treating symptoms at home, thinking of them as a mild case of hemorrhoids, when they could actually be a more severe problem like Crohn’s disease.
Likewise, bleeding from the anal region may be a result of anal fissures. In any case, it is best to visit a doctor and get a rectal exam for a confirmed diagnosis rather than self-diagnose the condition.
Once you have a better idea of the causes and symptoms of hemorrhoids, you can engage in some possible preventative measures yourself. For instance, start off by including a lot of water in your daily routine since water prevents stool from becoming hard. Hardened stool and difficulty passing it can be contributory factors to hemorrhoid development.
Plus, if your job requires you to sit for long hours, then make sure to take small breaks from sitting at regular intervals. Sitting for prolonged periods is bad for the health of the anal veins and sitting on concrete surfaces for too long can make the situation worse. Another possible preventative measure is to exercise regularly. If you exercise daily, you significantly minimize the chance of constipation, which is another factor that contributes to hemorrhoid formation.
Diet and Hemorrhoids
Diet influences the possibility of a person becoming a victim to hemorrhoid development. A diet that is low in fiber can cause hemorrhoids indirectly. A low fiber diet can lead to constipation and difficult bowel movements, both of which are the established reasons for hemorrhoid formation.
To ensure that your diet does not contribute to hemorrhoids, making fiber a part of your diet is very important. Include fiber rich foods like plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes into your daily meals, paired with drinking sufficient water.
The Action Plan: What to do about the symptoms?
If you think that you may be suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above, the first thing to do is to confirm that you actually do have hemorrhoids and not any other condition. Even though hemorrhoid symptoms are alarming and can cause a lot of worries, most do clear up on their own, in a few weeks time. However, it is important to pay attention and take corrective actions to avoid letting them get worse.
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