Hemorrhoids are veins in the anus and lower part of the rectum that have become irritated and swollen. Internal hemorrhoids grow in the rectum itself.
External ones grow beneath the skin around the anus. If there are blood clots that form inside these hemorrhoids, they will inflict pressure and cause a lot of pain. S
ome of the reasons why they form are severe strain when you have a bowel movement and constipation.
Because of increased pressure in the abdomen during pregnancy, many women have hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids can also form if you sit or stand for too long.
Home Remedies For Hemorrhoids
- Reduce the itch and swelling by taking sitz baths. You can buy a bathing seat at the pharmacy or get one from your doctor. If you have a bathtub, fill it for a few inches. Soak your bottom for at least ten minutes, and repeat this several times each day, especially after a bowel movement. After you finish this treatment, dry your anal area with patting movements. Don’t rub it.
- Look for a hemorrhoid cream which has lidocaine or any other topical anesthetic. This reduces the itchiness and irritation by numbing the area. Suppositories and creams that have hydrocortisone can be used too. However, don’t use them for more than seven days. You might have skin irritations if you do so.
- Put witch hazel on a cotton ball and apply it to the anal area. There are also pre-soaked pads at pharmacies which are safe for use if you need to do so for a long time.
- Bathe in warm water daily to cleanse the anal area. Prevent and relieve pressure by sitting on a cushion. This also prevents new hemorrhoids from growing.
- To reduce the itchy feeling, wear cotton underwear.
Lifestyle Changes for Hemorrhoid Prevention
- Eat more fiber. Fruit, vegetables, wheat and oat bran are good foods to add to your diet. You can also take a fiber supplement. Drink more water along with the extra fiber. Eight or more glasses of water or other fluids should be your goal. Your stool will become soft and this will greatly reduce the chances of hemorrhoids forming. You will definitely experience either bloating or increased gas when you eat more fiber, so do this addition slowly.
- Exercise daily for the stimulation of your bowels and constipation can be prevented. Pressure on the veins in your anus and rectum will be reduced if you are more active. This will also help you maintain your weight. If you’re a little heavy, it will increase the chances of you having hemorrhoids.
- If you have the urge for a bowel movement, don’t delay it. You can ask your doctor if you can get stool softening treatment.
Sometimes home treatments for hemorrhoids don’t work. You can ask your doctor if it’s possible for you to have rubber band ligation treatment, infrared or laser coagulation.
You can have these done in a surgeon’s office or at a hospital.