Hemorrhoids are enlarged or swollen veins in the anas and rectum areas, which cause rectal bleeding, itching, and pain. This can be irritating, but may not necessarily cause serious health problems. Depending on the type of hemorrhoid, you may be able to see or feel them, or they may be hidden in the rectum, invisible from view. Hemorrhoids affect both men and women equally. In basic cases of hemorrhoids, it is usually recommended to treat them with the help of fiber supplements, such as fruits and vegetables. Some other treatment options include laxatives, assortments of pain relieving creams and suppositories and warm sitz baths. Unfortunately, some sufferers require undergoing surgery to remove their hemorrhoids and excessive hemorrhoidal tissues in order to relieve them of their pain.