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Could you tell me what are hemorrhoids?

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In brief: Swollen anal veins.

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal canal.
This common problem can be painful, but it is usually not serious. Veins can swell inside the anal canal to form internal hemorrhoids. Or they can swell near the opening of the anus to form external hemorrhoids. You can have both types at the same time. The symptoms and treatment depend on which type you have.

In brief: Swollen anal veins.

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal canal.
This common problem can be painful, but it is usually not serious. Veins can swell inside the anal canal to form internal hemorrhoids. Or they can swell near the opening of the anus to form external hemorrhoids. You can have both types at the same time. The symptoms and treatment depend on which type you have.
Dr. Michael Zadeh
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Dr. Michael Miller
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In brief: Simple veins

Hemorrhoids are simply veins that are below the lining of the anus.
Like all veins they carry the “used” blood from the area back to the heart to be cleaned and recycled. They are very close to the service and so when you strain at your bowel movement or for other reasons, they can bulge through their thin covering and cause pain and bleeding. Treatment is to avoid straining at the stool.

In brief: Simple veins

Hemorrhoids are simply veins that are below the lining of the anus.
Like all veins they carry the “used” blood from the area back to the heart to be cleaned and recycled. They are very close to the service and so when you strain at your bowel movement or for other reasons, they can bulge through their thin covering and cause pain and bleeding. Treatment is to avoid straining at the stool.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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