Hemorrhoids are an awful thing to have to deal with, and unfortunately they can affect pretty much any gender and age. However, because hemorrhoids are not a common topic of conversation, many sufferers are left unsure of how to treat them. This is not a fate you will have to suffer. In the following paragraphs, you’ll learn some surprising ways you can make your hemorrhoids easier to cope with.
To help prevent hemorrhoids, make sure your diet is full of fiber. Include fiber-rich foods like leafy green vegetables, whole grain breads, pastas, and oatmeal. The two major benefits of a high-fiber diet are that it prevents strain during bowel movements and it prevents constipation.
A top priority for hemorrhoids sufferers is making sure that the area is clean. Moist wipes are better for cleaning than toilet paper, and they will probably feel more comfortable. Taking a sitz bath can aid in relieving swelling and pain cause by hemorrhoids. Soak the area for 20 minutes or more.
Consider enhancing your hygiene habits, and the products you use in the bathroom, in order to help prevent painful external hemorrhoids flareups.
Use toilet paper that is soft and will not break easily, and use moistened wipes each time you have a bowel movement.
Be careful not to use scented hygiene products if you have hemorrhoids. Any kind of fragrance, oil or dye can irritate your hemorrhoids further. These substances could cause a burning, stinging or itching sensation on those already sensitive areas.
Sometimes, hemorrhoids can be caused by pushing or straining too hard when you are trying to have a bowel movement. Stools will move more freely if you absorb large quantities of water and maintain a diet that is low in refined foods. Squatting also aids the process and reduces the need to strain during a bowel movement. As you sit on your toilet, put a small stool beneath your feet. Interestingly, hemorrhoids are not very common in places where squatting is the more traditional way of evacuating the bowels.
To get relief from hemorrhoids, apply ice to the affected area. Hemorrhoids can cause severe pain. Utilize ice packs to alleviate pain and minimize swelling. Take off the ice pack then put on a warm pack and alternate them. A very effective approach, in fact, is the use of a warm bath alternated with cold compresses or ice packs.
You can treat hemorrhoids with topical creams or home remedies. Following bowel movements, try soaking in a lukewarm sitz bath for several minutes. Hemorrhoids can be quite itchy, but you need to avoid scratching as it can make the problem worse. Soothe them with a homeopathic application of witch hazel instead. Also, make sure that your diet contains plenty of fiber, and that you are drinking eight glasses of water every day. A balanced diet will translate to a more regular digestive system and fewer hemorrhoids outbreaks.
Keep your stool soft by drinking plenty of water each day and eat a diet that full of high fiber foods. If your stool has been softened, there will be less strain during movements so that can help to stop hemorrhoids occurring. Fruits such as grapes, papayas, and watermelon, are useful for softening and then moving your stool. Other high fiber foods, such as okra and cabbage, will also aid elimination. Adequate amounts of water every day helps these foods be more effective.
As we have said before, anyone can have hemorrhoids. Unfortunately, most people don’t have a clue regarding hemorrhoid treatment. That is because they haven’t consulted doctors or online information to get advice. The tips above are your guide to treating your hemorrhoids and getting on with your life.