Facts about Men and Hemorrhoids
Men and hemorrhoids are as common as impotence and other health factors that affect over one-half of men between the age of 45 and 65. Hemorrhoid conditions in men are common due to the fact that men often engage in strenuous work involving the heavy lifting of objects. Also, men often use weightlifting as a means for staying in shape which can exacerbate a hemorrhoid condition if you lift in excess.
So why are hemorrhoids prevalent in men between the ages of 45 and 65 and what are some of the causes and symptoms with men and hemorrhoids?
Causes of Hemorrhoids in Men
In addition to lifting heavy objects which can cause a hemorrhoid condition to become progressively worse, there are other conditions that affect men and hemorrhoids. These are just a couple of the causes of hemorrhoids in men
- As a general rule, a man’s diet sometimes does not include enough fiber. This is an essential ingredient that you get from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, that helps to prevent constipation. Constipation encourages straining during bowel movements which causes a hemorrhoid condition to appear. Since men tend to favor fast food for their busy life style and a lot of red meats, diet is an issue when dealing with a hemorrhoid condition.
- Just as constipation can cause a hemorrhoid condition the opposite is also true. Excessive diarrhea can cause the anal muscles to expand and contract which creates pressure on the swollen veins of the hemorrhoids. This can cause the hemorrhoids to rupture and bleed. Diarrhea can further exacerbate the condition by irritating the tissues around the hemorrhoids which causes the condition to accelerate.
OK tough guys...I know you hate going to the doctor, but if you experience any of the symptoms described below - don't ignore them. See your medical professional right away. They can be the sign of something more serious.
Hemorrhoid Symptoms in Men
The symptoms of hemorrhoid conditions in men are similar to those in females only hemorrhoids in men are often caused by different factors than in women.
- Rectal bleeding occurs when pressure is applied to the swollen vein in the hemorrhoids around the anal area. This causes bleeding in the rectum and the condition is identified by bright red blood in your stool, on toilet paper, and in the toilet bowl.
- Rectal itching or anal itching happens when the hemorrhoids become irritated and inflamed which causes the urge to scratch. If you continue to scratch the area, the hemorrhoids become inflamed and the condition is exacerbated which causes increased discomfort.
- If the hemorrhoids have become prolapsed outside of the anal opening this can cause a lot of rectal pain and discomfort during a bowel movement and while sitting for prolonged periods of time. If the condition is left untreated in can become thrombosed and more serious in nature.
Rectal Pain and Discomfort
Hemorrhoid Treatment for Men
If you are experiencing symptoms of hemorrhoids it is best to consult your physician before deciding on a treatment for the specific type of hemorrhoid condition you have. Although rectal bleeding is a symptom of a hemorrhoid condition, it can also be a symptom of something more serious such as colorectal cancer so it is best to rule out all of the possibilities before seeking a hemorrhoid treatment for men. At the end of the day, what is most important is getting a correct diagnosis for your hemorrhoids and then finding the treatment that is appropriate for men and hemorrhoids. Contact your doctor!
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