If you have swollen on inflamed veins in your anus or lower rectum then you may be suffering from hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids can be caused by straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, obesity, chronic diarrhea or constipation, and anal intercourse.

Other symptoms of hemorrhoids include; bleeding during bowel movements, pain, discomfort, itching or irritation in your anal region, leakage of feces etc.

The constant blood loss from hemorrhoids can lead to anemia which would result in fatigue or weakness. Hemorrhoids can also cause extreme pain and gangrene if the blood supply to the hemorrhoid is cut off

To prevent hemorrhoids eat plenty of high fibre foods and drink plenty of fluids. Don’t strain during movements and make sure you go to the bathroom the second the urge hits.  Exercise and avoid long periods of sitting or standing to help  prevent hemorrhoids.

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