When veins in the lower rectum or around the anus become swollen and inflamed, the condition is called hemorrhoids. It's not always painful, visible or noticeable by touch.
Several causes of hemorrhoids are known including genetic predisposition.
- Straining from constipation
Indications of Hemorrhoids
Symptoms of hemorrhoids don't always show. However, bright red blood covering stool, or in the toilet bowl is usually an indication of internal hemorrhoids. When the internal hemorrhoid protrudes from the anus to the outside, it becomes irritated and painful.
External hemorrhoids may be indicated by painful swelling around the anus or a hard area of tissue as a result of a blood clot.
How to Avoid hemorrhoids
To decrease the incidence of hemorrhoids, it is important to have a healthy diet including fiber and other organic foods. This will help to keep the stool soft and reduce the need to strain because of constipation.