Look away if you must, but this diagram offers some useful information about hemorrhoids – their anatomy, function, and development.
The most valuable part of the illustration is the way it differentiates between internal and external hemorrhoids, which are two distinct phenomena which occur in different tissue types, separated by something known as the dentate, or pectinate line.
That lines defines the end of the GI tract and the beginning of your body’s outside, and it stands between a completely different set of tissues on one side versus the other. That hemorrhoids can arise on both sides, and even extend from one to the other, is just one more piece of evidence that these swollen blood vessels are a universal biological response to excess pressure and straining.
The solution, as always, is to exercise more, eat fiber, and stay hydrated, all to avoid pushing and bearing down when you’re on the toilet. When these measures fail to solve the problem, then you move onto the next step: visiting a hemorrhoid doctor who can offer more aggressive responses, including hemorrhoid removal surgery.
So: memorize the diagram, and pick up the phone if you can’t get rid of the issue on your own. Dr. Maz can help with all kinds of hemorrhoid removal in LA.