Hemorrhoids, or piles, are also sometimes called anal varicose veins. They are caused when veins in or around the anus and lower rectum become inflamed and swollen. Three-quarters of the population of the USA will suffer from them at some stage of their lives, the most common age range being 45 to 5. Two common causes are over-straining during bowel movements or the additional pressure on these veins during pregnancy.
So how do we get rid of hemorrhoids when we have them? Here are some 4 remedies which suppose to cause immediate relief (Taken from getridofhemorrhoidsguide.com).
A Warm Bath or Sitz Bath
Immerse yourself in a warm, not hot, bath for 10 to 15 minutes a day, 3 times a day. A sitz bath which fits over the toilet is also suitable. Don’t add any soaps or oils to the water. They will aggravate the situation. Avoid rubbing. Dry the area gently by patting with a soft cloth, or dry with a hairdryer.
(A tip by ucsfhealth.org)
Cold compresses or cold packs will relieve swelling and pain. Apply for at least 10 minutes. It is not necessary to purchase the. Make them at home by crushing ice in a bag as it makes it easier for it to fit the shape of the affected area. Alternatively use a packet of frozen peas. Some people use a warm compress after this, for 10 to 20 minutes.
Alternatives To Toilet Paper
Using dry toilet paper may be agonizing. Moisten toilet paper with water or witch hazel, which is a natural astringent. Otherwise use perfume- and alcohol-free wet wipes. Rinsing with a bidet is a hygienic alternative and then and use a hairdryer or soft cloth to dry the area.
Remedies From The Grocery Cupboard
The inside of a banana peel may ease discomfort. As it can difficult to keep in place, scrape off the inside of the peel and mix with a little petroleum jelly or other non-perfumed cream. Cabbage leaves have long been a home remedy for new mothers who suffer from swollen breasts just after the birth of a baby. Chill the leaves and apply to the painful area for immediate relief. Another old remedy is rutabaga. Peel and boil it. Drain it well to make a poultice using gauze. Use while still warm and preferably leave it on overnight.
Some Other Useful Tips
- Prevent hemorrhoids by increasing your intake of fluids and high-fir foods. Beans, whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables will bulk up stools and make them softer and easier to pass. Stool softeners are not recommended as they may help relieve constipation but liquid stools will irritate the hemorrhoids causing pain and possibly even infection.
- Don’t sit for long period of time as these increases the likelihood of constipation. Use an air or rubber donut to sit on if you have hemorrhoids. Increased exercise will also help prevent constipation.
- Use the bathroom as soon as necessary. Don’t put it off or it can lead to constipation as well. Try to bath at least three times a week, as it has enormous effect on your health. (tip taken from Wikihow)
- Over the counter creams or suppositories containing hydrocortisone will offer some relief and reduce swelling.
- Pads containing witch hazel or a numbing agent will soothe the area. Over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen will relieve discomfort.
- You may need a day or two of bed rest, particularly if you are pregnant. If you are pregnant, lying on your side can relieve pressure on the area.
- Wearing cotton underwear will avoid moisture build up and ease discomfort. Although they are painful and embarrassing, there are simple remedies to ease the pain.
As with most things, prevention is better than cure so a scrutiny of your eating and lifestyle habits is worthwhile to avoid the agony of hemorrhoids.