External hemorrhoids and bleeding hemorrhoids

External Hemorrhoid and associated conditions

External Hemorrhoid and associated conditions

A Hemorrhoid condition-either external hemorrhoid or internal hemorrhoid, or an associated condition like having an anal skin tag– is, as far as I am concerned, one of the most painful things anyone can experience. Nobody talks about having piles, as they are sometimes called, but having experienced problems in this area for a two year period I can sympathize why so many sufferers keep the problem to themselves and suffer the pain, irritation and embarrassment of them almost in isolation.  But it is encouraging to know there are remedies for these “bleeding nuisances” (excuse the pun) and if you suffer from them, you are not alone.  It is estimated that ten million Americans suffer from hemorrhoids at some time.

In the western world particularly (and these are what I identified as contributing factors in my experience)

  • a diet of over-processed, fatty and refined foods coupled with
  • a lack of exercise and
  • a sedentary lifestyle

seem to be main culprits for it, although there are other factors that seem to cause hemorrhoids.

My experience

I am a salesman, so I have spend a considerable amount of the last few years driving cars.  The upside is you get to meet interesting people, the scenery is pretty good but the downside is you don’t get a lot of exercise.  In 2006 I had a bad coughing fit and felt a tearing sensation “down under”.  I ignored this but over the next few days it developed itchiness and discomfort. I had been taking long-distance car trips as a sales person, and was thought it might be some sort of infection or fungal problem, and initially tried anti-fungal creams, but to no effect. I went to the doctor and he said it was pruritis and prescribed more cream and a high-fibre additive to my cereals.

This did not achieve much, so the doctor got me to see a proctologist. After forking out a reasonably large chunk of that week’s commission to hear the “expert’s” views, his conclusion was that it was an anal skin tag and that, after the creams etc I had tried to date “I am not sure there is any agent that can guarantee an outcome and that, in many situations, nature is just as effective in dealing with some of these problems” (Italics mine) . He then said I had made the decision to continue with “conservative measures and see whether, with time, the skin tag did resolve” or “if it got worse, perhaps contemplate local anesthetic excision”. “He is aware” (the doctor wrote on my report) of “the very real possibility that not all the symptoms will be resolved even after excision“(italics mine).

I thought, on leaving his office, that this was wonderfully couched, self-protective language that so many of our medical experts offer those with chronic conditions (like hemorrhoids) these days , but which offered only conventional treatments with no guarantees to their efficacy.  Plus pain was guaranteed!  I set about finding a better way to deal with the problem

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are veins that swell within the anus or anal canal. It is a common problem and  can be painful, but it’s usually not serious.  External hemorrhoids generally manifest with the well-known pain and itching symptoms. Internal hemorrhoids are usually  painless but can bleed. If they swell up inside the anal canal they are internal hemorrhoids.;if they swell near the anal opening, it will be likely an external hemorrhoid. One can have both types simultaneously . How they are treated and the particular treatment depend on what type you’re dealing with.

Bleeding hemorrhoids or colon cancer?

Farrah Fawcett and colon cancerIf you have bleeding (and it’s generally a bright red colour) “don’t assume it’s hemorrhoids,” says Patricia Raymond, MD, of Chesapeake, Va.  Bleeding around the rectal area can be caused by Colorectal cancer, so it’s worth taking a trip to the doctor to eliminate cancer or some other more serious cause of  the rectal bleeding.  The well documented case of Farrah Fawcett in 2009 brought the whole subject of colon cancer to the front of the news pages.  One of the main signs of colon cancer is rectal bleeding but, as I said, many other things like hemorrhoids, eating certain types of food or iron supplements can also cause the same thing.  Before getting too worried, look at the other possibilities. Rectal bleeding can be caused a number of things-cancer is only one of them. (Read more: http://www.testcountry.org/10-signs-symptoms-of-colon-cancer.html)

Veins can swell inside the anal canal to form internal hemorrhoids. Or they can swell near the opening of the anus to form external hemorrhoids. You can have both types at the same time. The symptoms and treatment depend on which type you have.

Chinese remedies and a detoxification program

After praying hard as to what I should do,  a friend suggested a local Chinese herbal doctor who prescribed some foul-tasting herbs (which produced some relief) and then to a a great detoxification program which was recommended to me by a Singaporean Christian friend who had experienced great relief from having tried it herself, after years of feeling tired and unwell.  I got almost immediate relief from implementing the following:

A detoxification program, which I believe is key to healing from particularly external hemorrhoids (but I believe the benefits extend way beyond that to more serious diseases and colon/kidney/liver problems)

Chinese herbal remedies, particularly Fargelin and using Alum crystal remedies which you can get for as cheap as a few cents for a few ounces or buy 1lb of ALUM Crystal to use while your condition persists(for advice on how to use the latter you can contact me on the Contact link on this website)

Changing my diet. I was put on a “Chinese liver diet” which can be found on this Squidoo site, Covenantguy on External hemorrhoids.  This helped tremendously.  It is a good idea (particularly with bleeding hemorrhoids) to drink a glass of Apple cider vinegar with your meals.  You mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of honey.

It is interesting that the Wikipedia site on pruritis ani also points to dietary factors such as:
* Spices, hot sauces, and peppers
* Coffee, tea (I drink a lot of tea)
* Carbonated beverages
* Milk products
* Tomatoes and tomato products, such as Ketchup

Also with painful, bleeding hemorrhoids I would use a Ghee and turmeric mixture on the affected area for three nights in a row, break for two, then three nights again until the offending piles reduce till they are not uncomfortable.  For more exact instructions on this remedy contact me on this site and we will endeavour to respond to all inquiries within a week.

Obviously, implementing an exercise program at least three times a week is very beneficial, and I find that this is something that helped ,but I still have to discipline myself to walk away from the desk and do it.

If you need further information on hemorrhoids, particularly the external or bleeding kind, check out this lens by Covenantguy on External hemorrhoids.

To get hemorrhoids products go to the products page:here

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Have a great day!

John Reason,
Salesman, teacher, Article Writer, Internet Marketer.
© 2009-2011

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  4. Skin tags normally occur as we age but most of the time, they are harmless. Dont remove them unless they are very large. “`*`’

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