Hemorrhoids (hem'o-roydz) [G. haimorrhois, pl. haimorrhoides, veins likely to bleed, fr. haima, blood, + rhoia, a flow]
Practical advice from a seasoned medical practitioner. (page is pure text to facilitate printing)
AND a most generous visitor to this site has provided a good Spanish translation :
(Also, translations into French and German would be greatly appreciated !)
As of 4/2003 a French translation has been received (thanks !!) and is being converted to HTML, will appear soon.
Why not start with a 400 B.C. classic?
A collection of descriptive drawings and photos, see what you are dealing with.
As internal hemorrhoids distend they are graded depending on their symptoms:
Grade 1 Mild distention
Grade 2 Prolapse (bulge out)with bowel movement, spontaneously reduce (go back into rectum)
Grade 3 Prolapse with bowel movement, must be manually reduced (pushed back in)
Grade 4 Prolapsed, cannot be reduced, rectal mucosa (inner lining) also starting to prolapse
As you might imagine, if you hit Grade 4 it's time for surgery, most probably.
Medical Facts :
The Dentate Line , located in the rectum, is a mucocutaneous junction (dividing mucus membrane from a skin-like surface).
Hemorrhoids that originate above the dentate line are internal hemorrhoids, even if they enlarge further down the rectum, below the dentate line.
Hemorrhoids that originate below the dentate line are EXTERNAL hemorrhoids. (look again at the first illustration in the picture section)
The dentate line is also significant because there are no PAIN NERVE FIBERS above the line. THat is why Internal Hemorrhoids are painless, and External Hemorrhoids are a literal pain in the ass.
AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE for information of surgical and other alternatives for hemorrhoid problems. Well written and organized, a MUST visit for those who need to understand alternatives to medical management.
AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE for information of surgical/non surgical alternatives for hemorrhoid problems. With excellent credentials, the hemorrhoid specialists offer a variety of contemporary options for hemorrhoid removal. CHECK OUT THIS SITE.
This clinic appears to be a major resource for comprehensive hemorrhoid care in California.
discusses surgical options for hemorrhoids of varying severity and offers some EXCELLENT illustrations of the anatomy of internal and external hemorrhoids. The illustration of scalpel surgery is a little confusing.
The Ultimate Hemorrhoid Page team of Internet researchers takes on the topic of Surgery and associated techniques.
The title speaks for itself. An excellent resource, well organized, to help you understand all facets of the hemorrhoid problem and its management.
An up to date discussion of hemorrhoid etiology and treatment by Scott Thornton, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine. From the "Emedicine" web site.
If you have hemorrhoids, you may also have "IBS" (there is a "constipation" version of the disorder, although diarrhea isn't fun, either). This site, by Laura Zurawski and Dr Anthony Lembo, discusses the problem of IBS at length.
A related subject, for those of you who need advice. Very good web site with case histories, treatment alternatives.
Personal accounts of experience with hemorrhoid treatment, including surgery, herbs, medications and other healing practices.
Please send us your story , your identity will remain confidential. I would appreciate both positive and negative experiences, as it is not my intention to portray hemorrhoid management , particulary surgery , as only a necessary ordeal.
As with many medical disorders, one does not tend to hear much about successes and people are more inclined to talk about failures and catastrophes. But people need to hear about the failures when deciding on a course of action relative to the hemorrhoid problem.
I am merely providing resource information and make no guarantees regarding any particular remedy. It is common to see a product maker that offers testimonials but no hard scientific research.
1. If you are basically healthy, not anemic and are having very mild bleeding , do not panic and get transported to the ER (unless bleeding is heavy). See your doctor as soon as you can, but realize that people relieve themselves of a pint of blood with every blood donation.
2. Rest -- get horizontal, take a load off the hemorrhoidal veins. Even consider slightly elevating the hip area on some pillows.
3. Can you take a day off from work ?
4. Get on a very simple or liquid diet for a day or 2 -- give the lower bowel a break !
5. Do not strain with bowel movements...I repeat , DON'T STRAIN !
6. Cleanse the area in the shower and apply Vaseline or other ointment -- even Neosporin, Polysporin or Bacitracin if you have one of these.
7.Very warm "Sitz" baths in the tub (but lubricate afterwards!) and cold compresses can be used.
6.AVOID COUGHING AND EXCESSIVE LAUGHING. Do not watch hilarious comedy shows. Extreme smiling is allowed.
Muscle dysfunction in anal area worsens the problem and can be treated.
Another internet resource if you really do not want to be seen buying hemorrhoid remedies. I have total sympathy !
A true cornucopia of OTC hemorrhoid remedies.
Description: for advice on the the treatment of piles and haemorrhoids and information on symptoms and causes (from United Kingdom).
Good information on Anusol products.
Cold applications constitute a traditional means of reducing swelling and inflammation, and ice applications are even recommended at the Mayo Clinic web site to alleviate external hemorrhoid symptoms. This concept has been extended further into newer forms of "cryotherapy."
The cooling consideration deepens.
For those inclined towards Homeopathy.
There are many web sites on the use of a cleansing method unfamiliar to many Americans, but potentially very useful for those suffering from hemorrhoids.
A product which offers optimal sitting posture for hemorrhoid prevention/healing. Imagine guests using your bathroom and viewing this setup. Conversation topic when the talk runs dry.....
From the manufacturer :
"Nature's Platform is the only product on the market which allows the use of this posture on an ordinary toilet. It can be used even by people who thought they were incapable of squatting."
One wopping big colon, maybe coming to your town !
If you don't find what you are looking for here, check out these sites.
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