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How to Prevent and Treat Hemorrhoids

By Edited Apr 1, 2014 0 0

Hemorrhoids: Intimidating Pain

There is no easy way to talk about hemorrhoids, a painful and intimidating illness affecting a surprisingly big number of people. Inflammation in the anal area, rectal bleeding, inactive kind of job are common signs of hemorrhoids. Even though it is scary to feel pain down there, don’t panic. In order to successfully beat this illness, it is essential to know its causes and learn more about home remedies for hemorrhoids.

Definition and Main Causes

Hemorrhoids are stretched-out and swollen vascular structures in the anal area. Their main purpose is to help control stool. There are two main types of hemorrhoids: internal and external ones. Internal hemorrhoids usually protrude out through or bulge into the anal canal while external ones happen under the skin at the anal opening. Regardless of type, this illness causes irritation and bleeding in the anus. Statistics shows that more than half of Americans suffers from hemorrhoids at some stage of their lives. So, what are main reasons for this medical condition?

Scientists can’t identify the exact cause of hemorrhoids, but they name several factors that may lead to this illness.

Genetics plays an important role in forming potential predisposition to diseases. If at least one of you parents has hemorrhoids, you are at risk.

Obesity can cause hemorrhoids as extra weight puts more pressure on your veins. Furthermore, overweight people tend to have a sedentary lifestyle and enjoy junk food which worsens their condition.

Deficient in minerals and vitamins, a low fiber diet is dangerous for your health as it can cause constipation leading to hemorrhoids.

During pregnancy, the fetus grows and puts extra pressure on abdominal causing the disease. However, the symptoms of pregnancy-related hemorrhoids disappear after delivery.

Prolong sitting as well as prolonged standing are equally unhealthy. Sedentary lifestyle undermines blood circulation leading to hemorrhoids. Gravity, in its turn, increases pressure on all veins, including those in the anal area.

Misuse of laxatives cause constipation, and hence may lead to hemorrhoids. So, it is essential to carefully follow all your medical prescriptions.

Preventative Measures

In order to prevent irritating and painful symptoms of hemorrhoids, pay attention to the following tips.

Change your lifestyle. Remember that you should avoid prolonged sitting and standing. That is why try to go out for a short walk as often as possible. It is beneficial to exercise for at least 25 minutes every day. Don’t lift heavy objects and try to breathe normally if you do it.

Eat healthy. Include high fiber foods, like whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans in your diet. You can also take some fiber supplements, but make sure to consult your doctor beforehand. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water or juice.

Practice regular bowel habits. Schedule some time in your daily routine for regular bowel
movements. Go to the toilet as soon as you need it. Don’t wait. As soon as you are ready get off the bathroom.

Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

If you are ill, you can easily relieve some symptoms of hemorrhoids with the help of the
following tricks.

  • Use moist wet wipes. Dry toilet paper can increase irritation in the anal area. Go for wet
    wipes without alcohol or perfume to keep it clean.
  • Cold compresses relieve pain. Ice packs work wonders when it comes to eliminating swelling.
  • Take a warm bath. Soak the itching area in warm water 2-3 times a day. You can get a special sitz bath for this procedure. Don’t use soap as it can worsen the problem.
  • Take medicines. Topical treatments like suppositories, creams and pain killers can help relieve
    discomfort.

To sum up, hemorrhoids is a painful and intimidating illness. But you can successfully avoid it if you follow the tips listed above.

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