Statistics disclose that more than 11 million people in United States alone suffer from hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are often known as 'piles.' Despite being a very common problem, most of the people do not get them grateful unless they tend to interfere with their activities of daily living. Caused by increased pressure on the veins of the rectal or anal area, hemorrhoids are veryothersome to the sufferers. They can significantly affect a person's ability to stand, sit, and sometimes even walk.
Most common hemorrhoid symptoms include swelling, itching, bleeding, pain, burning sensation, and general discomfort. Based on their location, there are two categories of hemorrhoids. External Hemorrhoids are the ones that are located at the opening of the rectum or anus. On the other hand, Internal Hemorrhoids are located inside the anal canal. Most of the people who suffer from on and off constipation or dirrhea, have faulty eating habits, or tend to stand / sit for long periods of time have tendency to develop hemorrhoids.
If you too have been suffering from the discomfort and pain of hemorrhoids and wish to discover safe and easy ways on how to treat hemorrhoids, here are a few helpful remedies for you:
i) Drink plenty of fluids, especially clear water. Drinking eight glasses of water a day can keep constipation away which is the major cause of strain to the rectal muscles. Plenty of water also helps to make soft stools that are easy to pass.
ii) Avoid refined or processed foods as they have a very low fiber content. Eat a high bran diet and introduce fruits, vegetables, and whole grain snacks to your diet.
iii) It is important not to spend too much time sitting on the toilet seat. It strains the anal muscles. Go to excrete when nature calls. Postponing the bowel movements also make the stools harden and dry up.
iv) If you suffer from hemorrhoids, avoid or minimize the use of toilet paper. It may irritate the skin tags. Use baby wipes or warm water jet from bidet to cleanse the area.
v) Cut on alcoholic beverages and carbonated drinks.
vi) Use ice packs for 20 minutes up to four times a day on the inflated and painful area. This will help soothe the discomfort.
vii) Keep the anal area clean and dry.
viii) Use sitz baths regularly to help reduce the inflammation. This reflects to immersing the rectal area in lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes.
Fortunately, in majority of the cases, hemorrhoids tend to self-heal or resolve by these home remedies. In cases where hemorrhoids do not respond to home remedies and progress to the point where they tend to get thrombosed, going for invasive measures becomes necessary. However, by treating them at their initial stages, you can save yourself from the discomfort, pain, and frustration.