The term hemorrhoids refers to a condition in which the veins around the anus or lower rectum are swollen and inflamed. Hemorrhoids may result from straining when having a bowel movement. Other contributing factors include pregnancy, aging, chronic constipation or diarrhea. Hemorrhoids are either inside the anus (internal) or under the skin around the anus (external). Hemorrhoids usually are not dangerous or life threatening.
Although many people have hemorrhoids, not all experience symptoms. The most common symptom of internal hemorrhoids is bright red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl. However, an internal hemorrhoid may protrude through the anus outside the body, becoming irritated and painful. This is known as a protruding hemorrhoid.
Symptoms of external hemorrhoids may include painful swelling or a hard lump around the anus that results when a blood clot forms. This condition is known as a thrombosed external hemorrhoid.
In addition, excessive straining, rubbing, or cleaning around the anus may cause irritation with bleeding and/or itching, which may produce a vicious cycle of symptoms. Draining mucus may also cause itching.
Hemorrhoids are very common in both men and women. About half of the population have hemorrhoids by age 50. Hemorrhoids are also common among pregnant women. The pressure of the fetus in the abdomen, as well as hormonal changes, cause the hemorrhoidal vessels to enlarge. These vessels are also placed under severe pressure during childbirth. For most women, however, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy are a temporary problem.
FREEdHEM™ (no longer avaialble) is a unique simple natural home treatment for hemorrhoids that utilizes the amazing healing properties of activated charcoal. It is a one-application hemorrhoidal ointment for the relief of hemorrhoidal pain, swelling, and itch.
"As I have suffered for many years with Hemorrhoids I have found myself trying everything possible to obtain relief. It is sad when you have gone as far as using Ambesol. To say the least the pain is excruciating. A friend had offered Freedhem to me and looking at the color and reading the box I was hesitant at first as I thought to myself what can this do for me when nothing else helped. To my surprise and end of suffering. Freedhem was the answer I had been looking for. This product does what it SAYS... It is a relief to know that when that PAIN occurs I have a product that will do its job. As we all know it is very embarrassing to talk about heroics. But I felt as a sufferer for many years I needed to share the good find with everyone, so they to will be free of PAIN. Good luck and thanks for the great product. Try it you have nothing to lose but the pain."
"This product was so effective, I had to write a review, even though I rarely ever do so. I started to feel relief almost immediately and the next morning (I applied it at night), the improvement was not just noticeable, it was almost complete. For the next couple of days I just applied some of the regular soothing cream and witch hazel and I had recovered completely. The cream looks messier than the traditional white hemorrhoidal creams - but I would venture that's because the white cream isn't really visible (on your underwear, toilet paper, toilet bowl, etc.), not because it's any less messy than this." Lorraine (Puerto Rico, August, 2006)
"This product is a godsend! I tried EVERYTHING ELSE first, and nothing worked. Yes, this is messy, and putting the applicator up your butt is no treat, but if you do it at bedtime, you will wake up with a MUCH smaller, more manageable hemorroid. Like magic, it disappeared two days later. Eat fiber, keep it clean, don't push, and you'll be okay!" Anonymous (August, 2006)
"This product might have helped a little, but was definitely not worth the mess! Notice it is charcoal based, so the color is a dark grey. It wouldn't be so bad if the cream were white." Anonymous (November, 2006)
"I think this product is amazing and I have recommended it to 5 people so far who ALL thought it was great! It is not like all the others. I went to buy it at my local pharmacy and they were out of stock. The clerk said he can't keep it on the shelf." Brigitte (January, 2005)