Hemorrhoids are one of the causes of rectal bleeding. (iStock)
Dear Dr. Manny:
I think I could have a hemorrhoid? But I'm not sure. What is a hemorrhoid and what can I do about it? Is it like a grain?
Thanks for your question
Hemorrhoids, or hemorrhoids, are swollen veins in the rectal area. The walls of these blood vessels often become so thin that they swell and hurt.
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Hemorrhoids are one of the causes of rectal bleeding. While that sounds scary, it usually isn't. The hemorrhoid will eventually disappear in a couple of weeks and the skin will recover again.
Usually, hemorrhoids cannot be seen, because they are far enough in the rectum to be invisible. Nor are they likely to hurt a lot, because there aren't so many nerves in that area. Occasionally, hemorrhoids will collapse, and when it does, that hurts. You will see a large pink bump. However, he will heal alone.
An external hemorrhoid can develop a blood clot, which makes it purple or red. The clot can make the bump itch or hurt even more. After it dissolves, it will still itch.
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Hemorrhoids occur when someone puts too much pressure on their perineal areas, particularly when they are obese or if they perform heavy lifting on a regular basis. Pregnant women also tend to develop them. People who have constipation or diarrhea will also suffer from hemorrhoids. The way to solve the problem is by eating more fiber, drinking more water and doing some exercise, especially if you are overweight.
Can you burst a hemorrhoid?
You should not do it yourself. A hemorrhoid does not have the same structure as a grain. It is a blood vessel. When it appears, recovery becomes much more painful and takes longer to heal. If necessary, obtain a consultation from a colo-rectal surgeon.
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So, if you have a hemorrhoid, don't burst it. Just give it some time. A bath with Epsom salts, ice and natural creams are the best way to treat pain or itching. To prevent hemorrhoids, consider changing your diet.
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