Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are inflamed blood vessels in the area around your anus.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, hemorrhoids are considered common, with about 50 percent of adults over 50 years of age experiencing them.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids can range from mild to severe and can include not only pain, but also itching and bleeding.
Some people even say that their hemorrhoids are the most painful thing they have experienced. But despite the very real discomfort and pain that hemorrhoids cause, hemorrhoids themselves can’t kill you.
Let’s cover the basics of hemorrhoids symptoms, including what’s normal, what isn’t, and when you should call a doctor.
We’ll also give you some ideas for safely treating your hemorrhoids at home, so you can reduce your symptoms and get back to your life.