Here is one type of hemorrhoids that everyone fears and that is considered by most medical experts the worst type of hemorrhoids out there: bleeding hemorrhoids. Its name says it all about the urgent nature of bleeding hemorrhoids: the moment that the patient notices any sort of rectal bleeding, he or she must contact their attending physician at once. This sort of bleeding can indicate hemorrhoids, that is true, but it can also point to any number of cancers related to the digestive lower tract. If these highly serious health problems have started to develop bleeding symptoms, the issue might be more advanced then anyone would think.
Even if they are such a terrible form of hemorrhoids, bleeding hemorrhoids are not exactly a rare occurrence. Unfortunately, about two in five patients experience this disease. The real question is whether these bleeding hemorrhoids are a whole new type on their own or they are derived from the two basic hemorrhoids types. The answer is somewhat comforting: bleeding hemorrhoids are simply a complication of internal hemorrhoids. See, external hemorrhoids usually do not bleed. If they do, there are two possible scenarios: for one, the patient has internal hemorrhoids that have developed after the original diagnosis or that have not been properly diagnosed in the first place. Secondly, something has ruptured the hemorrhoids. The second option is preferable, actually, since that can be fixed rather quickly. If the patient is unaware of the existence of internal hemorrhoids, he or she will become very panicked and will not know what to do. This is why a thorough examination and a sound diagnosis are essential.
How does one differentiate bleeding hemorrhoids from any other type of anal bleeding? Well, the difference is pretty obvious: if the blood that a person finds on the toilet paper is bright red, then it comes from a ruptured hemorrhoid. If the color of the blood varies from slightly pink to murky brown, then it comes from higher up in the digestive tract. The second type of blood is never good news and it could point to some rather life – threatening digestion issues.
So, how do internal hemorrhoids turn into bleeding hemorrhoids? Well, there are some causes that can be easily explained:
- Weak rectal vein walls and valves: this explains every other bleed in the body and it applies not just to rectal veins. If the blood vessel wall is thin and weakened by different factors (ranging from fatty tissue surrounding them or pathological agents), its chances at breaking and allowing the blood to escape is rather high. In an area such as the rectal one, the thickness of the rectal vein walls is greater then in normal veins throughout the body. Why? Because the rectal veins are crushed constantly by the rectal muscles, while other veins and arteries are not exactly influenced by muscle movement. If those rectal vein walls are thinned, then bleeding hemorrhoids appear rather easily.
- Serious constipation: constipation that last for more than five days if left unattended is considered an important medical problem. How does it relate to hemorrhoids? Well, when a person strains to pass a stool, he or she will put serious pressure on the muscles surrounding the anus. Those muscles contain a lot of rectal veins that bulge. If the bulging of the veins is too intense and their walls are too thin, they break. This leads to bleeding hemorrhoids.
Bleeding hemorrhoids: the homeopathic treatment
While the classic treatment scheme works perfectly well, some people prefer the homeopathic route of treatment when it comes to hemorrhoids. One of the things that people should be aware of is that homeopathic treatment done wrong can cause all sorts of problems. But, if it is done properly, it can help strengthen the rectal vein walls and decrease the feeling of swelling of the rectal area.