What are they?
Hemorrhoids are swollen, inflamed veins in the anus and rectum. By age 50, about half of adults experience the itching, bleeding and /or pain that characterize this condition. Internal hemorrhoids are not visible and usually do not cause discomfort. Indicative factors include bright red blood on the stool, or toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl. External hemorrhoids typically cause discomfort and may itch or bleed. Sometimes blood may pool in an external hemorrhoid and form a clot (thrombus), causing severe pain.
What are the Common causes?
Lifting heavy objects
Chronic constipation or diarrhea
Straining during a bowel movement
Most hemorrhoids are not dangerous or life threatening. In most cases, symptoms will resolve within a few days.