Winter Health Checkup: Hemorrhoids
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What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids, or piles, may cause no symptoms but can sometimes be very itchy and uncomfortable. What exactly are they? Simply put, they are swollen blood vessels in the anal canal. Hemorrhoids can develop inside the rectum (internal), or appear around the anus (external). While they can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, hemorrhoids are not usually serious.
The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids include:
Almost everyone will experience hemorrhoids at some time in their lives. However, there are things you can do to reduce the chance you’ll get hemorrhoids.
What causes hemorrhoids?
Anything that places too much pressure on the veins of the rectum or anus can lead to hemorrhoids:
Did you know that hemorrhoids are passed down from previous generations?
Reduce your risk of hemorrhoids
You can reduce your risk of getting hemorrhoids by following these handy tips:
For help and advice on staying active and improving your diet, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart.
How are hemorrhoids treated?
If you’re unlucky enough to get hemorrhoids, there is a wide range of over-the-counter products that can help bring relief:
For more information, speak to the Pharmacist at Walmart.
Practice good hygiene
When you have hemorrhoids, good hygiene is more important than ever. After every bowel movement:
If your hemorrhoids don’t get better over time, speak to the Pharmacist at Walmart.
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