Hemorrhoids can be a pain. Not only because they are painful and itchy, but also because this condition is not something one likes to talk about. Not even with the doctor. Which in turn increases the likelihood that a harmless suffering becomes an ordeal.
Hemorrhoids: what you feel
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The most common first symptom is bright red blood on the toilet paper. Although this may have many other harmless causes, it is often small broken capillaries of a hemorrhoidal nodule. Not infrequently, itching and burning eventually joins in - leading to severe pain in bowel movements in more advanced stages.
Although hemorrhoids are not actually dangerous or even life-threatening. But if left untreated and eliminated, as they progress, they can develop into a real torment that greatly affects well-being. That is why early treatment is worthwhile. Or even better: the prevention.
Hemorrhoids: how to get them
Typical causes of hemorrhoids include:
- Too little movement
- too little fiber (fruits, vegetables, whole grains)
- hard bowel movement with strong pressing
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Most importantly, turn off the above risk factors. By the way, even if the hemorrhoids are already there. Also important: good anal hygiene. So clean well and keep dry.
Naturopaths also recommend dandelion or Milk thistle tea.
Features and stages of hemorrhoids
Stage I - painless and invisible
- painless, bright red bleeding, also as a blood deposit on the toilet paper ·
- often a foreign body sensation in the rectum and anal area
- rarely itching
- no externally visible nodes
Stage II - palpable knots
- with eczema (skin inflammation) around the anus
- often burning and oozing in the anal area
- often pain, especially during bowel movements
- rarely bleeding
- only externally visible and palpable knots when pressing
Stage III - almost always painful
- almost always pain
- clear incident of the haemorrhoidal nodule before the anus, which, however, can be pushed back after the bowel movement
- often slimy secretions
- rarely bleeding
- possibly very painful anal thrombosis because of the slowed blood flow in the hemorrhoid vein
- possible pinching of the hemorrhoids in the anus
Stage IV - emerging from the anal canal
- strong pain
- Itching in the anal area
- slimy secretions
- the hemorrhoids that have come out of the anal canal can not be pushed back
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Author: Dr. med. Jörg Zorn