One of the great misconceptions about hemorrhoids is that they are only related to pregnancy and therefore do not affect men. In actuality, men suffer from hemorrhoids just as often as women. Hemorrhoids develop when increased pressure in the anal and rectal area cause the veins surrounding the anus become swollen, itchy and inflamed. The causes of hemorrhoids include straining, constipation, obesity, lifting heavy objects, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, increasing age and prolonged episodes of sitting or standing.
Hemorrhoids can develop slowly over time. So men, you may have hemorrhoids but don’t know it. Here are some common symptoms of hemorrhoids:
- Swollen tissue
- Pain or tenderness around the anus
- Rectal bleeding that is often painless
- Varicose veins around the anal area
- Hardened bump around the anus
- Leakage of feces
- Discomfort sitting or standing for a long period of time
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is time to man up and go to the doctor. Especially if you are experiencing rectal bleeding, resist the urge to self-diagnose and simply dismiss it as a hemorrhoid. Some other conditions and diseases have been mistaken for hemorrhoids. One symptom of colon disease is blood in the stool which may appear as rectal bleeding. If your stool changes in color, consistency or appearance, make an appointment with your doctor right away. Don’t try home remedies because they are just a temporary fix for quick relief. Talk to your doctor about a treatment plan that is best for you.