This is one of those topics that no one likes to talk about, even the word itself is, 'icky', but its part of your body and the fact is you have them all the time. We were just as shocked...

Hemorrhoids or piles, are most commonly caused when excessive pressure is placed on the rectal area, such as an extra strenuous bowel movement, pregnancy or after birth, if you suffer from colon cancer, constipation or even chronic diarrhea.

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So hemorrhoids are actually perfectly normal. All it is, is anal tissue that gives you added support. The only time you notice it though, is when it becomes inflamed, itchy and sore. For the tissue surrounding your anal cavity to become painful and protrude, something has to go wrong. The key here is pressure. Pressure can cause the tissue to stretch and weaken over time. So if you have excess belly weight or you do long distance running, there is a large amount of pressure over a long period of time.

When the tissue stretches it causes blood vessels to dilate, more blood is then brought to the area and the result is bleeding hemorrhoids. It is scary to note how many people actually suffer from this problem, almost half of the American population aged 50 and above. There are two main types of hemorrhoids, the one which you know better is your external hemorrhoid. The only reason that this type is painful is because it has skin covering it and therefore nerves running through them. The internal ones may not be painful because they have no skin covering, but they are more likely to bleed and fall out of your bottom.

Hemorrhoids can be unsightly and indescribably painful but they are no real cause for concern, except of course if they are bleeding excessively, which may mean that they can cause anemia, but according to the experts this is very rare. Even though the case may or may not be serious, if there is any bleeding present, make sure you go see your doctor. It could be something completely different.

"I saw a sign one time that said 'hemorrhoids awareness week' at the doctor's office. Let me tell you, if you got hemorrhoids, I'm sure you are aware of it. You don't need a sign to tell anybody about it." [Larry the Cable Guy]

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Hemorrhoids can be unsightly and indescribably painful but they are no real cause for concern, except of course if they are bleeding excessively, which may mean that they can cause anemia, but according to the experts this is very rare. Even though the case may or may not be serious, if there is any bleeding present, make sure you go see your doctor. It could be something completely different.

It might not be the easiest subject to talk about, and it may be embarrassing, but now we know... everyone has it. It's normal. So if something isn't right with your arm then you speak about it. Similarly, if your anal tissue is protruding, talk about it, get to a doctor.

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