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The Difference Between a Hemorrhoid and an Anal Skin Tag

If you are concerned about growths on the skin around your anus, you should know whether you are dealing with hemorrhoids or skin tags. These conditions have several differences, not only in how they occur, but in how they should be treated. The more you know about your condition, the better equipped you will be 
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What’s the Fascination with Hemorrhoids?

The number of Americans searching online for hemorrhoids and how to treat them has skyrocketed since 2008. Information gathered from Google searches suggests that searches have doubled from 2008 to 2013.  Let’s take a closer look. The term “hemorrhoids” was searched about 40,000 times weekly between 2004 and 2008, but this number started to rise 
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5 Tips to Alleviate Hemorrhoid Flare-Ups

Hemorrhoids (or piles) are the bulging and dilated veins of the rectum. Straining causes the rectal muscles to lose their support in the veins, and when the veins enlarge, a sac-like protrusion in the rectal canal is next to occur. These protrusions are what internal hemorrhoids are. The protrusion of the dilated veins can also 
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Good News: Hemorrhoids are Common, Preventable and Treatable

What are hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the anal canal. The fact is, more than 75% of people will be affected by hemorrhoids at some point in their lives, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Unfortunately, this means that you too may have to deal with this common condition. Hemorrhoids usually affect adults between 
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How Soon Can You Have Hemorrhoid Treatments After Pregnancy?

Pregnancy changes your body in more ways than you might think. During and after pregnancy women are more prone to hemorrhoids due to an increase in the hormone progesterone and the pushing process involved in labor. The most conservative hemorrhoid treatment is normally prescribed for hemorrhoids occurring during pregnancy and soon after childbirth, given the 
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What’s the Connection – Heavy Lifting and Hemorrhoids?

Whether you are lifting a piece of heavy furniture or lifting weights, lifting too much weight can lead to a common condition called hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins in the anus or lower rectum, and can be made worse by frequent heavy lifting or holding your breath when lifting heavy objects. This can cause a sudden increase of 
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As You Age, Hemorrhoids Are More Common

Hemorrhoids are normal clusters of vascular tissue, smooth muscle, and connective tissue lined by the normal epithelium in the anal canal. Although they are normal part of our anatomy, they can cause problems when the tissue swells and becomes inflamed or rupture and release blood into the stool. There is an estimated 4-5% of the 
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Do I Need Surgery for My Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable topic, so many people who suffer from them are too afraid to ask for help. But when you do have hemorrhoids, it’s important to discuss your symptoms with a hemorrhoid specialist to determine what type of treatment is needed so that you can have relief! If you are 
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Do Hemorrhoids Cause Bloody Stools?

A change in stool color can cause a lot of stress when you don’t know why it is happening. Common reasons for a change in stool color include foods and supplements. In the case of red stools or black stools, it could indicate that there is bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. It can be a 
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Time to Debunk 6 Hemorrhoid Myths

There are several misperceptions about hemorrhoids (piles). Many people think that common activities such as eating spicy foods, riding a bike, sitting on cold benches or sidewalks, or having anal sex cause hemorrhoids. The development of hemorrhoids is not so simple. The real truth is – it is important for patients to have the facts 
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