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Hemorrhoids

HAEMORHOIDS

Hemorrhoids is a condition when veins in your rectum or under the skin around the anus swell. These swollen blood vessels can turn bowel movement into an intensely painful experience. Even though piles are rarely dangerous, if left ignored, it can lead to serious health complications.

Causes

It is not established yet what actually causes the veins around anus to swell and bulge, yet nearly two out of the four adults undergo the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Some of the common factors contributing to an increased risk of suffering from piles are

  • Straining during bowel movements.
  • Sitting for long periods of time on the toilet.
  • Having chronic diarrhea or constipation.
  • Being obese.
  • Being pregnant.
  • Having anal intercourse.
  • Eating a low-fiber diet.
  • Regular heavy lifting. 

Types

Hemorrhoids are classified into 4 different categories Internal, Prolapsed, External and Thrombosed.

  • Internal Hemorrhoids: They lie deep inside the rectum and so, are not visible to the naked eye. They might not cause any pain but their presence is marked with the symptom of bleeding through the anus.
  • External Hemorrhoids: They are formed in the outer lining of the anal creating extreme discomfort and pain. They are sometimes invisible and the other times develop as a lump. These can also form blood clots within the mass that slips down.
  • Prolapsed Hemorrhoids: When internal hemorrhoids swells and sticks outside your anus the situation is coined as prolapsed hemorrhoids. These lumps cause discomfort or pain along with itchiness and burning.
  • Thrombosed Hemorrhoids: These swollen bulges around your anus are blood clots within the hemorrhoid tissue. Due to lack of blood supply to your rectal tissue, thrombosed hemorrhoids needs to be attended urgently to prevent severe complications.

Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of piles subside on their own in a few days. However, in some cases, these must not be ignored. Since ignoring the initial symptoms can lead to serious complications, keep a check on these symptoms:

  • Rectal pain
  • Itching
  • Bleeding
  • Sore and redness in the anus area
  • Mucus discharge

Homoeopathic medicines

  1. Aesculus hippocastanum

    When this remedy is needed, hemorrhoids are sore and aching, with a swollen feeling. Pain may last for hours after the bowels have moved. People who need this remedy often have the sensation of a lump, or a feeling that a lot of small sharp sticks are inside the rectum, poking them. Sharp and shooting pains may be felt in the rectum and back. A person who needs this remedy may also have low back problems.

  2. Aloe

    Hemorrhoids that are swollen and protrude "like a bunch of grapes" and are soothed by cold soaks or compresses may be helped with this remedy. Hemorrhoids may alternate with diarrhea, and the person may have a lot of flatulence.

  3. Graphites

    relieves constipation without urges, very large and dry stools, with feeling of heaviness in the lower abdomen, and often associated with anal itching and burning and hemorrhoids.

  4. Nux vomica

    relieves hemorrhoids caused by a sedentary lifestyle, and overeating and drinking, especially of spicy and rich foods and alcohol.

    Pulsatilla

    When this remedy is indicated, hemorrhoids are itchy and uncomfortable, with sticking pains. They are likely to protrude, with improvement after lying down. Warmth often aggravates the symptoms. This is a very helpful remedy for hemorrhoids that appear during pregnancy or around the menstrual period.

  5. Sulphur

    Itching, burning, oozing hemorrhoids accompanied by a feeling of fullness and pressure in the abdomen suggest a need for this remedy. The anus is inflamed and red and may protrude significantly. The person may feel worse from warmth and bathing, and have flatulence with a strong, offensive odor.

Other Remedies

  1. Arnica montana

    Sore, bruised-feeling hemorrhoids may be relieved with this remedy, especially when straining or over-exertion (for instance, childbirth or heavy lifting) has brought on the hemorrhoids.

  2. Calcarea fluorica

    This remedy may be indicated for hemorrhoids with bleeding and itching in the anal region, or internal hemorrhoids causing soreness in the very low back and sacrum. The person may also have problems with flatulence and constipation.

  3. Hamamelis virginiana

    improves venous circulation and relieves hemorrhoids that are painful with the slightest contact and bleed easily.

  4. Ignatia

    Hemorrhoids accompanied by spasms and stabbing pain in the rectum suggest a need for this remedy—especially if the person is sensitive and emotional. Stitching pains can be felt in the rectal area when coughing. Bleeding and pain are often worse when the stool is loose, and rectal prolapse sometimes follows bowel movements.