Hemorrhoids; Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are very common in both women and men, affecting about 1 in 20 individuals. It is estimated that approximately 75 percent of adults will experience hemorrhoids at any point in their lives. The onset of hemorrhoids usually ranges between 45 to 65, and they are even more common in pregnant women. About half of the patients can encounter symptoms of hemorrhoid by age 50, such as bleeding, itching, and even rectal pain.

Hemorrhoids are overinflated veins (swollen and enlarged) in the lower rectum or around the anus. The rectum is the appendage of the bowel leading to the anus, while anus is an opening at the end of the rectum where fecal content leaves the body. One of the most common causes of rectal bleeding is hemorrhoids. In most cases, they tend to resolve in a couple of weeks and are rarely dangerous. However, you should visit your physician to ensure it is not a severe condition. The doctor may remove hemorrhoids that are very painful or won’t go away with treatment.