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Ways to Treat Hemorrhoids

Updated on February 14, 2013

Having hemorrhoids are nothing to be shameful of.

In fact, consider yourself normal if you’ve experienced hemorrhoids at one point in your life.

More so, this condition is very common in many households that there are many medicinal, herbal, even controversial funny odd ways of treating hemorrhoids.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are the swelling of blood vessels in our anal region. They may be caused by excessive pressure in our anal canal, lack of fiber in our diets or perhaps weak muscles to support strained bowel movement.

In treating hemorrhoids, you need to know its 2 kinds.

Internal hemorrhoids are lumped and swollen blood clots located on our colon. Some may not be aware that they have internal hemorrhoids. They rarely hurt since our anus has few pain sensors. Symptoms of internal hemorrhoids are blood stains on one's fecal matter.

External hemorrhoids, on the other hand are pea-sized lumps located on our anus. You know that they exist since you can feel them which makes it irritating. They may also be itchy and sometimes, painful.

Hemorrhoids are not life-threatening. They usually go away after 1-2 weeks. However, you should consult your physician if you feel pain or discomfort in your rectum or having blood on your stools. This is to quickly diagnose such condition, in case it’s more than just a case of internal/external hemorrhoids.

Treating hemorrhoids

Treating hemorrhoids may be done with home remedies, medicine or surgery, depending on its severity. For not so grave hemorrhoid conditions, here are some first-aid treatments which you can do at home.

  • When you’re feeling constipated, eat more fibrous foods (e.g. cabbage, spinach, watermelons) and drink more water. Remember that too much fiber and lack of water may cause constipation as well; so make sure you drink more when you increase your fiber consumption.

  • Exercise regularly. Having strong abdominal muscles will help control push the stool during bowel movements. Doing cardio workouts and planking exercise are 2 good basic exercises that may help in treating hemorrhoids.

  • Treating hemorrhoids is easier with hemorrhoid creams which can be bought off the counter from drugstores. These creams really help when your hemorrhoids are acting up. In which case, try sitting on warm water for about 10 minutes. This should help relax the anal tissues and capillaries.

The chance of experiencing hemorrhoids increase as you get older. Regardless of age though, pregnant women are prone to this condition

If you haven't gotten hemorrhoids just yet, you are lucky. Maintain your eating habits and regular exercise, if any.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for your comment kawika! Very informative, as well! Cool!

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      KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      ...and something that can be helpful is raising your feet about 4inches off the ground when you are sitting on the pot - this makes the waste easier to exit the body since you realize that our rectum is at an awkward angle. Raising your feet, brings the rectum in line for passing waste. Great info. Nicely done, voted you up/interesting and following. Peace. Kawi.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Good for you. You and me both. haha!

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      William 5 years ago

      I eat healthy food and drink amount of water everyday.

      Plus I use Bidet (Bidet4me Brand) everyday. You will like it once you use it.

      Try Bidet4me MB-2000 (Non-Electronic) Warm Water Spray, Dual Nozzles (Male and Female) and etc.. Easy to install