Hemorrhoids are swollen, extremely painful veins located in the rectum. Because they are in that area people may be reluctant to seek treatment but it doesn’t have to be that way. This article can help you to be better educated about them and be able to speak to a doctor and get treatment.
An all natural astringent like witch hazel costs only two or three dollars and is available at nearly every pharmacy and grocery store. Soak a cotton ball in the witch hazel, then apply it directly to the surface and surrounding area of your external hemorrhoid. Witch hazel causes the blood vessels to temporarily shrink, which reduces the size and discomfort of the hemorrhoid.
Applying heat after some ice is an easy home remedy to fight against hemorrhoids. Alternating these two methods shrinks the hemorrhoid, which allows it to heal quicker. You should put ice on the hemorrhoid for about 10 minutes daily, then use moist heat for about 20 minutes.
If you believe that you have hemorrhoids that aren’t going away with over the counter remedies, seek the advice of a doctor. Many treatments are now able to be performed in the office with minimal discomfort or needed follow up care. You can try an over the counter remedy first, but always follow up with your doctor.
When you are out at a restaurant, make sure that you do not eat salsa or order any foods that contain a lot of spices. Spicy foods can irritate the symptoms of hemorrhoids, which can make you feel uncomfortable. Eliminate all spicy foods from your diet to control your hemorrhoids.
You may think that you are alone in this problem and that it is something to be embarrassed about, but it actually occurs in almost half of all adults by the time they reach middle age. Their are many products available which can help greatly with this issue available over the counter because it is so common.
One of the easiest home treatments to aid in the healing, from the painful burning and itching of hemorrhoids, is a sitz bath. A good recipe for a sitz bath is witch hazel. Fill your tub with warm water and add at least one cup of witch hazel to your water. Sit in this warm mixture for 10-15 minutes, at least three times per day. Within three to four days, your hemorrhoids will be gone.
Do not spend too much time on the toilet waiting for a bowel movement to happen. It will only happen when your body is ready to make it happen. Sitting on the toilet reading a book for an hour is not going to help at all. Only try to go when you have the strong urge to go.
The beginning of this article explained hemorrhoids are swollen veins that become inflamed and cause great pain. They also cause embarrassment and the patient suffers in silence more than they should. By learning why they happen and how to treat them, you can be better prepared to talk with your doctor and finally get relief