According to statistics from the National Institutes of Health, 75% of Americans will have hemorrhoids in their lifetime, and 50% will experience hemorrhoids before age 50. Hemorrhoids most commonly occur in pregnant women and older adults ages 45 to 65. At any given time in the United States, there are approximately 10.4 million people suffering from hemorrhoids.
What Are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins or blood vessels in the rectum, classified as internal hemorrhoids, or on and around the anus, classified as external hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids often appear as hard lumps of blood-filled skin that often drain during bowel movements, leaving bright red spots of blood in the toilet or on toilet paper. There are many natural ways to treat hemorrhoids.
Not all hemorrhoids cause pain or other symptoms. They are generally not regarded as serious conditions by themselves, but the presence of hemorrhoids or their symptoms should be taken seriously, as other complications could arise from untreated hemorrhoids. Also, some people mistakenly think they are merely suffering from hemorrhoids, but there may be a more serious underlying condition that is causing the bleeding.
Symptoms Of Hemorrhoids
Symptoms include bleeding from inside the rectum or from on and around the anus. Pain, swelling, and itching in the anus are commonly reported symptoms. Internal hemorrhoids – those up inside the rectum – are generally not very painful, except when they are so swollen that hemorrhoids actually pokes out through the rectum. This is called a protruding or prolapsed hemorrhoid, and it can sometimes lead to long term symptoms or complications if left untreated.