Although internal and external hemorrhoids are a very common affliction of adults of all ages, broaching the subject with another person can be a bit awkward and embarrassing. For many, even the idea of speaking with a physician is too uncomfortable. Arm yourself with the knowledge in these tips for dealing with hemorrhoids.
After having a bowel movement, it is important to not use dry tissue paper if you are struggling with hemorrhoids. The dry tissue paper is rough and can scratch the hemorrhoids when wiping. If you scratch the hemorrhoids, they may bleed. Instead of dry paper, try using wet tissue paper or running water.
To reduce the pain and swelling associated with hemorrhoids, you should soak in warm water. To do this, you need to fill a bathtub with six to 12 inches of warm water. After your tub is filled, sit in the water with your knees elevated. Doing this several times a day will increase the results. The warm water will improve the blood flow to the area.
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 treat existing as well as prevent new hemorrhoids from forming, every time you have a bowel movement, use any of the readily available over-the-counter hemorrhoid wipes or pads to gently cleanse yourself after wiping. The pads are treated with witch hazel and provide instant relief from pain and itching as well as help to shrink hemorrhoid tissues.
Exercise caution when using medicines that relieve constipation. While these laxative products can help you in the short term, you can quite easily experience constipation after the effects have worn off. Many times the constipation is worse than you started with. Look for natural ways to soften your stool or seek a physician’s advice.
Stop irritating your hemorrhoids with spicy foods. These spices can cause undo inflammation in your hemorrhoids as they come in contact with your stool. Spices are typically digested and pass as waste. Consider cutting back on carbonated beverages, including beer, as these can also contribute to irritation of the hemorrhoids.
Many people like to read while sitting on the toilet. This is a perfect way to get hemorrhoids. You can be sitting much longer than you need to be, and pushing a little harder without even realizing it. If you are sitting longer than 5 minutes without anything happening, you have been sitting too long.
Do not allow yourself to be confined to your home or miss out on life because you are suffering with the itching, burning, and embarrassment of hemorrhoids. Call upon the information that you have just read whenever you need insight into the best course of action for dealing with hemorrhoids.