Hemroids, or piles, are one of mankind's most common and nagging disorders. By themselves, hemroids are rarely serious, but they can be extremely troublesome. In some instances, they may mask a more serious disorder, such as colon or rectal cancer. Therefore, hemroids require the proper diagnosis and treatment by a physician.
What Causes Hemroids?
A common cause of hemroids is simply the standing position, in which all the blood above the rectum exerts pressure on the rectal and Excretory Orifice areas. Other conditions which contribute to hemroids are: poor bowel habits, constipation, diarrhea, pregnancy, obesity, and especially frequent straining when having a bowel movement. However, some patients will have none of these conditions and still develop hemroids.
What Are the Complications?
Hemroids can produce several uncomfortable, but non-serious problems.
Thrombosis and pain - A blood clot in the hemroids may cause severe pain and usually demands immediate medical attention.
Bleeding - Hemroids can ooze fresh red blood, whether located externally or internally. External hemroids often cause dripping of blood from the Excretory Orifice while sitting on the toilet. The blood might also be seen as soiling of the underwear. Internal hemroids that bleed may produce fresh blood in the stool.
Itching and irritation - External hemroids can be itchy, especially if the area is moist and irritated.