St. Petersburg, Florida (PressExposure) January 14, 2010 -- While embarrassing for some people to discuss, hemorrhoids are extremely common and affect almost half of all adults over the age of 50. This is largely because the tissues that support the veins of the anus and rectum weaken and stretch with aging.
How do I know if I have hemorrhoids? And why did this happen to me? There are a number of reasons for a person to develop hemorrhoids. Obesity, straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, a family history and chronic diarrhea or constipation are a few of the more common causes. Symptoms include bleeding during a bowel movement, itching or irritation of the anal area, a protrusion from the anus (with external hemorrhoids) and pain. As a general rule, internal hemorrhoids don't cause discomfort and can't be seen or felt.
Hemorrhoids can often be treated with lifestyle modifications. Topical hemorrhoid creams, herbal remedies, hydrocortisone suppositories or pads that contain witch hazel are available over the counter and will provide relief of symptoms. HMT is the online home to find out about the best rated topical treatments as found by Consumer Health Reports. The site offers deals on the best rated products and backs up their cliams of effectiveness with a 60 day unconditional money back guarantee. Others offer 30 day money back guarantees.
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HMT addresses those brands which have had the best results in treating hemorrhoid flare-ups, but it also addresses the need to consult your physician in symptoms persist. There are several procedures a physician can assist with in his or her office or through an outpatient setting, beginning with rubber-band ligation, clot removal through a simple incision, injection to shrink the hemorrhoid or laser or infrared light or heat. When all else fails, hemorrhoidectomy is a surgical procedure that is extremely effective but carries possible complications. Pain, urinary-tract infections and difficulty emptying the bladder have been reported. Stapling blocks the flow of blood to hemorrhoidal tissue. The procedure is less painful than hemorrhoidectomy but has been associated with a greater risk of recurrence.