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Dr. Georgiou explains hemorrhoids

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Hemorrhoids probably sit near the top of the list of uncomfortable medical topics, but Dr. Archelle Georgiou addresses the condition and provides you with the information you need to know -- 75 percent of all Americans will have hemorrhoids at some point in their lives.

WHAT ARE HEMORRHOIDS?

Simply put, hemorrhoids are dilated, inflamed, irritated veins at the rectal opening.

There are two types:

Internal: Not visible, tend to bleed but are not know to be painful

External: These exist around the skin near the rectal opening and cause pain and itching

CAUSE

Gravity is typically to blame when it comes to hemorrhoids. Anything that puts pressure on those veins can cause them to dilate, such as sitting on the toilet too long or pregnancy. That type of constant, consistent pressure pushes down on the area and irritates the veins. In addition, as we age, tissues are less able to resist pressure in the area – when that skin is compromised, its more susceptible to the condition.

TREATMENT

-Topical treatments: Preparation H

-Sitz baths: Warm water, 2 to 3 times per day

-Moisten toilet paper before using to make the contact less severe

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