It is a well known fact that Napoleon Bonaparte suffered from hemorrhoids during the battle at Waterloo.
How do you think this problem influenced his conduct in battle? Hemorrhoids are blood vessels in the lower rectum and anus that become enlarged and irritated.
Hemorrhoids fall into two general categories, internal and external.
Internal Hemorrhoids - located inside the anal cavity and are covered by anal mucosa.
External Hemorrhoids - located in the back part of the anal canal which are covered by anoderm and skin.
Believe it or not we still do not know what the exact cause of hemorrhoids are.
We do know what contributes to the hemorrhoid problems and this includes the following:
- excessive straining upon having a bowel movement (Constipation).
- Sitting for long periods of time.
- Child Birth.
- Anal Sex.
- Heavy Lifting.
- Bright red bleeding from the anal area.
- Pain, Burning and Itching.
Salts and essential oils may be added to the water in sitz baths to facilitate healing.
Creams and ointments that are applied topically to the infected areas.
These medications can be found over the counter at any local drug store.