Talking about hemorrhoids is not a very pleasant conversation, but you would be surprised at the number of people who suffer from them. If a vein in the anus or rectum gets twisted or enlarged this becomes a hemorrhoid. There are a number of reasons why a hemorrhoid will develop. But there are things you can do to get relief or avoid having them.
One common cause of recurrent hemorrhoids is a failure to consume enough water. Your stools will be softer and easier to pass when you are properly hydrated. You might also consider reducing or eliminating the amount of caffeinated foods and beverages from your diet. The same rules apply for alcohol, as well.
If you are looking for natural relief from your hemorrhoids, eating certain foods can help. To reduce bleeding, try alfalfa, blackstrap molasses, flax seeds, sweet potatoes and lima beans. In order to prevent an iron deficiency from loss of blood, try eating chicken or beef liver, prunes, spinach, raisins, tuna, kelp, baked potatoes and sunflower seeds.
If you have hemorrhoids, make sure that you do not scratch the affected area, regardless of how much it itches. Scratching can lead to extra irritation and redness, which can increase the longevity of your condition. Resisting the temptation of scratching will go a long way in improving your condition. Use a cream to lessen the itching. Wipe the area with wetwipes after a bowel movement. This also prevents irritation.
Use moist toilet tissue or non-alcohol wipes when cleaning yourself on the toilet. Dry paper equates to rough paper no matter the softness of the tissue. The paper can cause bleeding from the hemorrhoids and should be avoided if possible. If you have access to a bidet you can use this as an alternative for paper.
See a doctor if your hemorrhoids are too painful or large. There are safe and simple surgical procedures, often done in your doctor’s office or in an outpatient clinic. Treatments include a shot into the hemorrhoid to reduce swelling (sclerotherapy), a rubber band around it to cut off its blood supply, shrinking it with heat, freezing it with liquid nitrogen and minor surgery (hemorrhoidectomy).
You can actually relieve yourself of a lot of swelling and pain by sitting in a warm tub as frequently you need. Water that is warm, not hot, promotes circulation and decreases your discomfort. Ideally, the water level should be between six and twelve inches deep. Be sure to keep your knees up while sitting in the tub. Stay in the water for a good while, until it has started cooling, at the very least.
A great way to ease your hemorrhoid problems is to lose weight. The excess weight around your abdomen and waist areas increase the pressure put on the veins in and around the anus. If you lose this excess weight it will relieve the pressure in this area and help with your hemorrhoid problems.
As you can see, there are ways to soothe hemorrhoids and there are also things you can do to help assure you do not get them. Hemorrhoids are painful and very uncomfortable. They can also be embarrassing to talk about, but if you do have them, these tips will help you.