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Were you looking for information about Hemorrhoids? Hemmoroids is a common misspelling of hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are common colon problems that affect both men and women equally. They can be internal (inside the anus) or external (under the skin around the anus), and occur when the veins around the anus or lower rectum become swollen and inflamed.
Possible symptoms include bright-red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl. When the hemorrhoids are external, symptoms may include painful swelling or a hard lump around the anus that results when a blood clot forms.
Hemorrhoids are often caused by straining during a bowel movement. Some ways to prevent them include emptying your bowels as soon as possible after the urge occurs and keeping stools soft -- by increasing fiber in the diet and exercising -- so that they pass easily.
Pregnancy puts a woman at a higher risk for developing hemorrhoids. During pregnancy, extra pressure is put on the internal and external hemorrhoidal veins, which can result in symptoms ranging from a feeling of vague anal discomfort to bright-red blood covering the stool. In some cases, these can be prevented by getting regular exercise and consuming more fiber, among other things.
(Click Hemorrhoids for more information about this condition, including how common it is in the general population, symptoms, and diagnostic procedures a healthcare provider may use to rule out other causes of gastrointestinal bleeding. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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