Leave aside the alarming graphic: this article offers a nice quick primer on some of the basics of hemorrhoid detection and prevention.
After addressing the perennial question of what makes internal hemorrhoids different from external hemorrhoids, and how one turns into the other, the piece offers a basic overview of what most likely causes those uncomfortable swollen vessels to appear in the first place:
Though there is some discussion over what causes hemorrhoids, most physicians believe they’re caused by a restriction of blood flow to the area. This means that straining during bowel movements, chronic constipation, sitting for a prolonged period of time on the toilet and even pregnancy may cause hemorrhoids.
Here’s the thing, though: not every case of hemorrhoids responds the same way to home care. Most advice tends to recommend sitz baths and better posture on the toilet, but everyone is different. The only way to discover what works for you is to gently attempt these various techniques one by one, and be careful not to hurt yourself in the process. (Don’t vigorously wipe on the toilet, or with a towel after that bath, for instance.)
The best things you can do to avoid hemorrhoids are increasing exercise, getting more fiber in your diet, and avoiding straining on the toilet. And when these don’t work, it’s time to reach out to a hemorrhoid doctor who can help you get the best treatments available.
Dr. Maz Ghodsian is the premier hemorrhoid specialist in Los Angeles. Call today for an appointment.