May 03, 2013
Hemorrhoids are composed of blood vessels found in the internal and external anal area. Believe it or not, everyone is born with hemorrhoidal tissue. Although there are several theories regarding the function of hemorrhoids, many physicians believe that hemorrhoids help maintain fecal continence.
Why Do People Get Hemorrhoids?
When the blood vessels become enlarged (similar to varicose veins in the leg), hemorrhoids may begin to bleed, become swollen, and can be extremely painful.
There are several reasons why enlargement of these veins can occur. The most common reasons are thought to be related to straining and increased pressure on the abdomen, including:
- Prostate problems in men
- Chronic cough
- Dietary factors
Should Hemorrhoids Be Treated?
If symptoms are mild or infrequent, then treatment may not be necessary. If symptoms ...