With so many different causes and symptoms that can warrant a diagnosis of hemorrhoids, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Fortunately, the information found within this handpicked selection of tips for the treatment of both internal and external hemorrhoids can take out some of the confusion and guesswork.
If you have problems with hemorrhoids or you want to avoid them in the future, then it is suggested you increase your intake of fiber. This will help you avoid constipation and straining when going to the bathroom, which are the major factors that contribute to hemorrhoid development. Avoid too much wheat fiber however. It is quite coarse and can make you uncomfortable.
If you are struggling with hemorrhoids, it could be because you are overweight. When you are overweight the pressure increases in your waist and abdominal area. This could cause you to have increases pressure in the veins of the anus. You can fix this problem by losing some weight which will reduce the pressure. In addition, if you eat less you will likely pass smaller stools, and you will need to do so less often too.
If you are having problems with hemorrhoids, it is very important to keep your anal area as clean as possible. You should clean your anal area multiple times a day. Cleaning the anal area can help prevent infection. If you get an infection, it could lead to abscesses in the anal area.
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.
When it comes to relieving the discomfort of hemorrhoids, combined hot-and-cold therapy is one of your best bets. Alternating between ice and heat helps minimize the size of the hemorrhoid and helps it to heal. First, put ice on the hemorrhoid for 10 minutes, then immediately follow up with 20 minutes of moist heat.
If you have an aloe vera plant, you can break off a piece and use the gel as a soothing salve or compress that can be applied to painful and swollen external hemorrhoids. Break the stem, then gently squeeze it repeatedly to extract the maximal amount of gel. The gel can then be applied directly to the hemorrhoid.
If you have come down with a case out hemorrhoids one of the best things you can do is apply a hydrocortisone cream or ointment to it. This will greatly reduce the amount of pain, itching, and inflammation. Hydrocortisone creams are available at nearly every pharmacy as a commercially available OTC product.
Now that you are more informed about some of the underlying causes, treatments and cures for the discomfort and embarrassment that is commonly caused by hemorrhoids. The next time you or someone close to you is affected by this uncomfortable and embarrassing condition, use this information to put a quick stop to the misery.