21. KNOW ABOUT INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL PILES
Internal And External Piles
There’s a good chance you’ve found this article because you suspect you have a haemorrhoid, but you’re not sure exactly what they are or what you need to do to get rid of them. There’s no need to be embarrassed about this condition: 50% of adults will experience haemorrhoids before they’re 50, but what are they, and how can they be treated?
There are essentially two different types of haemorrhoids: internal and external piles, as defined by their location within your rectum. In both cases, one of the main causes of haemorrhoids is thought to be excessive straining due to pregnancy, constipation, diarrhoea, or heavy lifting.
External haemorrhoids tend to be the more obvious affliction, manifesting as bulges or bumps around the anus. Frequently, this type of haemorrhoid becomes itchy, swollen, irritating, and in some cases, painful. There are more symptoms that may indicate an external haemorrhoid, but you should consult with your physician for an accurate diagnosis.
Most of those suffering from external haemorrhoids also have internal haemorrhoids and the treatment can be the same.
While external haemorrhoids may be the more obvious, internal is the more common. In fact, everyone has internal haemorrhoids, but they’re not a problem until the blood vessels within your rectum become swollen and the tissue begins to loosen.
Minor bleeding is a common indicator that you have an internal haemorrhoid, and as the swelling develops, you may start to experience some of the typical haemorrhoid symptoms. Constipation is a common cause of internal haemorrhoids, but you might not notice any pain as there are very few nerves found in that region of your rectum.