Hemorrhoids can be a real pain in the…well, you know. Experts estimate that roughly half of all adults will deal with hemorrhoids at some point in their life, and knowledge of what can cause or contribute to the development of this pesky ailment, as well as how to lessen its effects, is essential.
Although it maybe tempting to enjoy a hot bath when you’re suffering the pain and irritation of hemorrhoids, avoid doing this. Stick to warm water instead, and do not add any products to the water that contain dyes, fragrances, or essential oils. These ingredients are notorious irritants for hemorrhoids.
Sometimes, hemorrhoids can be caused by pushing or straining too hard when you are trying to have a bowel movement. You can soften your stool by increasing your water intake and eating foods that have not been excessively refined. Squatting is a great method of having a bowel movement that avoids straining. When sitting down on the toilet, use a stool underneath your feet. There is a noticeable lack of hemorrhoids in countries where residents routinely squat at the toilet.
If you are looking for natural relief from your hemorrhoids, eating certain foods can help. To reduce bleeding, try alfalfa, blackstrap molasses, flax seeds, sweet potatoes and lima beans. In order to prevent an iron deficiency from loss of blood, try eating chicken or beef liver, prunes, spinach, raisins, tuna, kelp, baked potatoes and sunflower seeds.
If constipation is a big problem, you are going to have more hemorrhoids. Consider taking a good fiber supplement. This supplement will soften your stool and make it easier for you to pass bowel movements. This is great for the people that do not like to eat fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.
If you get hemorrhoids it is important to get exercise and move around throughout your day. If you are sedentary, and constantly sitting, you are putting much unneeded pressure on the veins which can become hemorrhoids. If your work is sedentary, get up often and walk around. Keep your lifestyle active to help prevent hemorrhoids!
Never scratch. While hemorrhoids are known for being terribly itchy, scratching at it is the last thing you want to do. You will not only cause more irritation and inflammation, but you may cause tears that allow bacteria to get in. You may also end up with fecal material under your fingernails.
Try using a gentle cream occasionally. It may help lessen the pain of hemorrhoids, but may not help with the irritation or swelling. Consult with a physician if you wish to use them for longer than seven days. Over-using certain creams can cause more damage than good.
Although hemorrhoids can often be a painful, uncomfortable ailment, the good news is that there are steps you can take to manage your symptoms and get the relief that you crave. You now have a solid understanding of factors contributing to the development of hemorrhoids, and what you can do to manage your symptoms.