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Were you looking for information about Hemorrhoids? Hemroids is a common misspelling of hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are common colon problems that can be internal (inside the anus) or external (under the skin around the anus). They occur when the veins around the anus or lower rectum become swollen and inflamed. Symptoms can vary among people, but the most common symptom is bright red blood on the stool. Hemorrhoids are often caused by straining during a bowel movement. While they affect men and women equally, some people are more likely to experience them than others. Possible risk factors for hemorrhoids include poor bowel habits; pregnancy; obesity; and a high-fat, low-fiber diet.
A healthcare provider can use a few different procedures to diagnose hemorrhoids, including sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. These procedures use lighted, flexible tubes inserted through the rectum to allow the healthcare provider to see the hemorrhoids. 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 more easily. Treatment typically involves relieving symptoms and developing better bowel habits. In rare cases, surgery is needed.
(Click Hemorrhoids for more information about this condition, including how often they occur and several other factors that can lead to them. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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