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.
When you need to have a bowel movement, try applying petroleum jelly around your anus before using the bathroom. Using petroleum jelly around the anus will help the passage of hard stools go more smoothly. This technique can help you avoid injuring your hemorrhoids. It can be very painful to injure your hemorrhoids and this should help you prevent that.
Once or twice per day, draw yourself a warm (not hot) bath and add a generous amount of colloidal oatmeal to the water. Just as oatmeal can soothe dry, itchy skin, it can also provide some relief from the itching and irritation of external hemorrhoids. Allow yourself to soak in the water for at least fifteen minutes, or longer if possible.
Home remedies for hemorrhoids should be considered before spending any money on more expensive treatment options. Soak in a warm sitz bath for 15 minutes, especially after having a bowel movement. Although the desire to scratch your itchy hemorrhoids can seem irresistible, avoid indulging as it can greatly exacerbate the problem. Dampen some pads or cotton balls with witch hazel, instead, then apply to the area for some temporary relief. Consume food high in fiber, and drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. This will help you to refrain from excessive straining during bowel movements.
When you are at the gym, refrain from lifting weights that are too strenuous. As you lift heavy weights, the muscles in your groin will contract, which can irritate and worsen your hemorrhoids. Try not to implement any body building exercises at the gym when you are affected with this condition.
Cut back on your salt intake. Salt can make your body swell including your hemorrhoids. Reducing your salt intake may be difficult at first but will be well worth it in the end.
If you have hemorrhoids take at least two warm baths a day. The bath is sure to relieve the discomfort and will also help with the swelling. Hemorrhoids are very painful and just the relaxation from the bath can help to distract you from the pain as well.
You should drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water each day to help you to prevent hemorrhoids. Also, water is needed to soften your stool which will also reduce the pain related to hemorrhoids. Limiting alcohol and caffeine intake can also work in your favor, as they both promote loss of water from your body. Keep yourself hydrated, drink enough water.
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