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Were you looking for information about Hemorrhoids? Hemroid 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.
Hemorrhoids are often caused by straining during a bowel movement. Other factors that can contribute to the condition include pregnancy, aging, and chronic constipation or diarrhea. Internal symptoms usually include bright-red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl. External symptoms may include painful swelling or a hard lump around the anus that results when a blood clot forms.
Healthcare providers can use a few different procedures to diagnose hemorrhoids, such as sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy (which involve using lighted, flexible tubes inserted through the rectum).
Treatment is focused on alleviating painful symptoms and often includes taking tub baths and increasing fiber and fluids in the diet. Your doctor may also recommend stool softeners or fiber supplements. In rare cases, surgery is recommended.
(Click Hemorrhoids for more information about this condition, including ways to help prevent hemorrhoids and how long symptoms can last. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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