Your first hemorrhoid attack is usually the worst because you are totally unprepared to deal with it. But preparation can help to make subsequent attacks less painful when you are experienced in dealing with them and begin treatment at the first signs of an attack. This article can help you learn what you need to keep at home for treatment.
You can find relief from hemorrhoid pain in a number of places. Try a warm sitz bath for 10 to 15 minutes, a few times during the day. By using a cold compress, you may get relief.
While treating your hemorrhoids, it is best to keep the anal area as dry as possible throughout the day to reduce the risk of additional irritation or infection of the tissues. Absorb excess moisture by applying a small amount of cornstarch or fragrance-free baby powder to your anal area once or twice per day.
If you are suffering from this problem you will want to maintain even better hygeine than normal. Think about investing in some type of wet toilet paper instead of using the normal dry one, and also be sure to clean very well twice or even more times during every day.
Avoid foods that are very high in sugar to reduce the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Sugars can expedite the formation of hemorrhoids and can make you feel very uncomfortable during the day. Find alternatives to foods that have high carbohydrates and sugars if you want to reduce irritation and skin redness.
Weight loss can help alleviate pain caused by hemorrhoids. Being overweight can exacerbate hemorrhoid problems. The pressure on your abdominal area from extra weight and waste increases pressure in the anal veins. Make sure you find a weight loss regimen that has plenty of fiber to help your relax during your bowel movements. As a word of caution, you should never use laxatives solely as a means of losing weight. Doing so will not help you to avoid hemorrhoids and may even exacerbate the condition.
Remain hydrated. When your body loses too much water, it begins to pull it from your stool. Doing this makes your stool harder, which makes bowel movements very painful. By drinking enough water every day, you won’t have this problem.
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).
When external hemorrhoids emerge, see if you are able to press them back from whence they came. Make sure you have clean hands in order to keep bacteria from being introduced, which can cause inflammation. If you have experienced an emerging hemorrhoid and, at least temporarily, pushed it back inside, it is important that you immediately consult with your doctor.
As noted earlier, many hemorrhoid attacks can be treated and lessened with the quick application of home treatments. There are also preventative measures that are easy to take. By learning from this article you can learn what to keep on hand and what changes to make to prevent hemorrhoids and treat them quickly.