Hemorrhoids: Busted Myths

There are many misperceptions about hemorrhoids, and it is important to have the facts straight as you attempt to prevent or treat the condition. Separating the myths about hemorrhoids from fact can possibly help you to avoid developing hemorrhoids, or at least slow the development of the condition. Importantly, if you have hemorrhoids or have questions about hemorrhoids in Los Angeles, then it is important to contact your colon and rectal specialist.

Many people think that common actions such as eating spicy foods, sitting on cold benches or sidewalks while waiting for buses, or having anal sex cause hemorrhoids. The development of hemorrhoids is not so simple however. Hemorrhoids, which are an enlarged collections of veins, arteries and connective tissues around the anus, are associated with a number of potential causes, including not eating properly, not exercising, sitting for long periods during the day, weight gain, old age, pregnancy, or stools that are too hard. Hemorrhoids affect individuals of all ages.

It is important to understand that there are degrees of severity of hemorrhoids in Los Angeles. Small hemorrhoids may cause large problems, and large hemorrhoids may be asymptomatic. While hemorrhoids are often very painful, they are generally not severe, and in certain cases, may even regress over time. Many people require treatment for their hemorrhoids as a result of the pain, and your colon and rectal specialist will often be able to treat hemorrhoids without invasive surgical procedures. Eating foods that are rich in fiber, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, can help to prevent hemorrhoids, as can getting plenty of exercise. Try to exercise at least five days each week at a moderately difficult level for at least half an hour. Exercise can increase your blood circulation and help slow the development of hemorrhoids. Consuming sufficient amounts of fiber can keep your stools soft so that you don’t have to strain when you are passing your stools.