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Can you explain what hemorrhoids are?

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In brief: Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are blood vessel networks around our anus.
The internal hemorrhoid network is inside your anus. These are present from birth and help with fine tune control of our stool and gas. As we age they sag from the proper location and become problematic. The external hemorrhoid network is under the skin outside the anus. It doesn't do much normally but can become swollen with pregnancy.

In brief: Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are blood vessel networks around our anus.
The internal hemorrhoid network is inside your anus. These are present from birth and help with fine tune control of our stool and gas. As we age they sag from the proper location and become problematic. The external hemorrhoid network is under the skin outside the anus. It doesn't do much normally but can become swollen with pregnancy.
Dr. Debora McClary
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

They are normal structures that fill with blood when abdominal and pelvic pressure increases, serving as vascular cushions or shock absorbers to cushion the passage of stool.
Excessive chronic straining is what generally causes them to become symptomatic.

In brief: Yes

They are normal structures that fill with blood when abdominal and pelvic pressure increases, serving as vascular cushions or shock absorbers to cushion the passage of stool.
Excessive chronic straining is what generally causes them to become symptomatic.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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