Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are the most common diseases of the rectal area and can be uncomfortable and at times painful. The rectum is the part of the large intestines that leads to the anus. The anus is the opening at the end of the digestive tract where the contents of the bowel leave the body. Hemorrhoids affect almost half the population of people over the age of fifty. The peak age is between forty five to sixty five years. It occurs when the veins around the anus get distended because of constipation, childbirth, long sitting periods and heavy lifting. Usual symptoms include itching and irritation around the anal area. Bleeding might occur as the condition gets worse gradually in some cases.
Perhaps there are only other few health related diseases or conditions that can be as embarrassing as having loose bowel movements or diarrhea. Loose bowel movements spell disaster for anybody and especially to those people who are not at the comfort of their homes. Diarrhea is loose stool movement and people with this condition excrete more than four times a day and pass more than a quart of waste fecal material. It is mainly caused by virus, parasite, or bacteria, in developing countries it accounts for about two million deaths annually. It is the main cause of child death worldwide, rotavirus infections leads to over sixty thousand hospitalizations in the United States of America alone.
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