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Hemorrhoids: Information, Causes, and Treatment


Salt Lake City Hemorrhoid TreatmentMany people are unwilling to talk about certain discomforts associated with their lower bowel area, but it is important to remember a small discomfort can be a sign of something larger. HemorrhoidsWhether it be painful discharges or even itching are symptoms to be taken seriously. Similarly, to varicose veins (in terms that one thing causes another) hemorrhoids, can be caused by straining during bowel movements, obesity, pregnancy, and others. Hemorrhoids can cause pain, itching, and even bleeding. They are something that you will want to deal with them as soon as you can.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids result when rectal veins enlarge and burst. The frustrating thing is that people aren’t always willing to speak about hemorrhoid issues. Interestingly, many hemorrhoids won’t show externally, so those pesky busted veins can sometimes be hard to detect. If they are not internal, they will usually appear as a lump near the anus. Either way, they’re uncomfortable. Hemorrhoid treatment should not be overlooked.

Hemorrhoid Causes:
• Straining during bowel movements
• Sitting for long periods of time on the toilet
• Chronic diarrhea or constipation
• Obesity
• Age
• Pregnancy
• Anal intercourse
• Family History
• Low-fiber diet

Throughout, our everyday lives we may strain these veins, and that wear and tear could lead to hemorrhoids at any time. In that sense, they are very similar to varicose veins. Some people who may suffer can see their issue go away on its own, but it’s not likely. Other instances of hemorrhoids may be a sign of something more serious.

Hemorrhoids and Varicose Veins in Pregnancy

Typically, veins have one-way valves to help keep blood flowing toward the heart. Pressure or weakening of these valves permits blood to back up and pool in the veins. This causes them to expand and swell. Varicose veins happen when veins of the legs swell and hemorrhoids, again, are when the veins of the anus become swollen.
Many changes in pregnancy can increase the risk of hemorrhoids and varicose veins, such as:

• Enlarges the veins

• The heavy weight of the growing baby, which causes a lot of pressure on the large blood vessels in the pelvis. This results in varying blood flow

• Hormone changes affecting blood vessels, which can slow the return of blood to the heart and cause the smaller veins in the pelvis and legs to swell

Hemorrhoids can get worse with forceful straining, it’s especially bad with constipation. Being overweight and having hemorrhoids before pregnancy can also make them worse. Delivery tends to worsen hemorrhoids, too.
Varicose veins are hereditary. Sitting or standing in one position for a long time may force the veins to work harder to pump blood to the heart. All in all, there are many causes to be aware of. 

Next steps: Salt Lake City Hemorrhoid Treatment

The experienced doctors at the Vein Institute of Utah can recommend the best combination of methods for treating these uncomfortable, unwanted, and potentially serious Hemorrhoids.
Set up an appointment today for a screening, we can offer the most advanced Varicose Vein and Hemorrhoid treatment available.