Hemorrhoids, also known as Piles, come from stressed veins in the buttocks. Sometimes these come from straining during bowel movements, or also from pregnancy. They are a common condition particularly in people over age fifty. Some of the symptoms of these are burning, itching, pain when you sit, and the feeling that a bowel movement is ready to happen. There are a number of treatment options that can be implemented right at home.
Witch Hazel can Numb Discomfort
Witch Hazel is an astringent. Applied topically, it can numb pain and discomfort. It can also help reduce blood vessel swelling. Just take a cotton ball or cotton pad and soak up some witch hazel. Gently dab the witch hazel on and around the affected area. Apply the witch hazel twice daily or as needed by conditions.
Soak Regularly in Soothing Water
Two to three times a day, allow your buttocks area to soak in warm pure water. Use plain, clean water without any soaps or perfumes added. The warm water soak will relax tense muscles and provide comfort and relief. A “sitz bath” can be found at most drug stores which will allow for quick soaking of just the anal area.
Cleanliness Cuts Down on Problems
Be sure to keep the anal area clean. Shower daily or bathe in the tub. Use warm water to gently rinse the affected area. Soaps and perfumes can only irritate the problem. To dry, use a hair dryer or simply air dry. The rubbing of a towel can aggravate the condition.
Avoid Dry Toilet Tissue
After a bowel movement, rubbing with dry toilet tissue will only irritate the problem. Instead, use a moist towelette or damp toilet tissue. Whatever damp option you choose, be sure to avoid items that contain alcohol or perfumes as those will further irritate the situation.
Coldness can Soothe
Use an ice pack or a cold compress. The ice will reduce the swelling and cause blood vessels to constrict. This reduces the hemorrhoid problem. Place ice in a plastic bag and wrap the bag with a thin cloth. Apply the ice pack to the troublesome spots. Repeat several times a day as needed. The cold can provide immediate relief.
A Proper Diet can Ease Things
The proper diet can soften stools and help you avoid straining during bowel movements. Increase fiber by eating more beans, whole-grain bread, fresh fruit, cereals, and fresh vegetables. Be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep stools soft. Drink eight to ten glasses of water daily. Another option is prune juice which works as a natural laxative.
Exercise for a Good Exit
Incorporate some light exercise daily into your plans. A brisk walk of twenty minutes is all that is needed. The exercise will help your body to prepare bowel movements. It will bring an overall improvement in your health as well.
Watch the Time
Be aware of your time sitting on the toilet. If a bowel movement is not ready, then just stop and wait until later. Do no strain and push to make something happen. Develop the habit to go at about the same time daily. Another option is to raise your feet with a footstool when you are on the toilet. Your raised feet changes the angles of your internal workings. It might make using the toilet easier.
Don’t Hold Back
When your body shows signs that it is time for a bowel movement, then indulge it. Don’t force it to hold in. The straining can exacerbate hemorrhoids. In addition, holding it could lead to later constipation which can only aggravate the hemorrhoid situation.
- Hemorrhoids are caused by stress veins in the buttocks area.
- Apply witch hazel to the affected area.
- Soak, especially your buttocks, in plain warm water several times daily.
- Use warm water to gently rinse the area; avoid soaps and perfumes.
- Wipe with moist towelettes that do not contain perfumes or alcohol.
- Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the troublesome areas.
- Increase fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables, and plenty of water.
- A brisk walk of twenty minutes daily can help.
- Go at the same time daily and don’t sit on the toilet straining, if something isn’t happening
- When your body is ready for a bowel movement, then go.
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