Hemorrhoids are not dangerous nor are they life threatening but they can be painful. The symptoms of hemorrhoids usually leave after a few days although some people never have any. This article can help you recognize the signs and to reduce the severity of the hemorrhoid symptoms and pain.
While a nasty case of hemorrhoids may seem like the end of the world, relief is just around the corner. A general recommendation is to take a few 10-minute sitz baths each day. Another good way to combat the discomfort of hemorrhoids is apply a cold compress to the area.
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.
If you are presently suffering from either internal or external hemorrhoids, you should avoid wiping with ordinary dry toilet paper. Instead, use a moistened bathroom towelette that contains aloe vera, or use a medicated wipe. Dry toilet paper can leave residue; it can also aggravate the sensitive, inflamed tissues of the hemorrhoid.
You can reduce the amount of swelling and sharp, stinging pain by making and applying a sterilized ice pack or compress to the rectal and perineal areas. Wrap the compress in a thin, lint-free cloth to avoid additional irritation and apply it to the affected area for up to fifteen minutes at a time, as many times during the day as possible.
To reduce the symptoms that you have from hemorrhoids, apply a thin layer of aloe gel to the affected area of your skin. Aloe gel will help to reduce the inflammation that you have, by creating a rich layer of protection so that air does not irritate your skin surface.
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.
Don’t depend on medications. Stimulant laxative drugs such as Bisacodyl tablets are meant to be used on a short-term basis and will not cure constipation. They may help with one bowel movement, but you’ll be more constipated later. Side effects may include upset stomach, diarrhea, stomach cramps, faintness and stomach & intestinal irritation.
If you believe you could be experiencing constipation, try taking a walk prior to using the restroom. Walking loosens your muscles and helps to get your bowels to move. A bit of exercise can prevent unneeded straining, which can worsen or irritate existing hemorrhoids. Try a brisk 15 minute walk.
As previously discussed, hemorrhoids are not life endangering although they can be painful and inconvenient. They are also easily treated at home and only last a few days. Following the advise in this article can educate you about the signs and symptoms and can offer treatment methods as well as ways to prevent them from reoccurring.