Hemorrhoid Treatment & Cure
What Are Hemorrhoids?
They are swollen veins in the anal canal. The veins may swell inside the anal canal to form internal hemhorrhoids or they can swell nearer the opening of the anus extending outside to form external hemorrhoids.It is possible to have both at the same time. The treatment you choose will depend on which type you have.
What Causes Hemorrhoids?.
When there is too much pressure on the veins in the pelvic and rectal area hemorrhoids occur . The cause is a result of the tissue inside the anus filling with blood in order to help control bowel movements. If you strain when trying to expel the stool, the increased pressure causes the veins in this tissue to swell and stretch.
Other conditions may also lead to straining and increased pressure on the veinsin the anal canal, conditions such as:
- Pregnancy (during last 6 months and straining to push and deliver the baby can make hemorrhoids worse)
- Being overweight.
Common symptoms for both internal and external hemorrhoids include:
Bleeding. During bowel movements you might see streaks of bright red blood on the toilet paper.
Pain. Hemorrhoids are usually painful in the anal area.
Itching around the opening of the anal area.
You might see bright red blood in the toilet bowl and streaks of blood on toilet paper after you have a bowel movement. Blood may also be on the surface of the stool.
Internal hemorrhoids can vary in size, they may be small, swollen veins in the wall of the anal canal or large, sagging veins that bulge outside of the anus. Hemorrhoids that bulge outside of the anus are usually painful and can be extremely painful if the blood supply to the hemorrhoid is cut off. Sometimes bulging hemorrhoids may produce mucus on the toilet paper or in the stool.
Clots can form under the skin causing a hard painful lump called thrombosed, or clotted, hemorrhoid.
Cure Hemorrhoids In 48 Hours
Sometimes the call of nature feels anything but natural and when you have a bowel movement it takes more effort than you’d like. So what do you do? You strain. This puts a lot of stress on the tiny veins in your anus and rectum, which can cause them to swell and develop an anal fissure. The result is often a painful but very common condition known as hemorrhoids or piles. Since most hemorrhoids are caused by straining to have a bowel movement, the best way to prevent them is by making stools easier to pass.
How To Relieve Hemorrhoid Symptoms
The first and probably the most important step to take is to change your diet. Unfortunately the western diet lacks healthy, natural food sources, and primarily contains processed foods, sugar, carbonated drinks, alcohol and too much junk. In addition we lead a more sedentary life than 50 years ago.
Such a poor diet contributes heavily to the onset of hemorrhoids or piles. Therefore it is essential to make adjustments to what you eat and ensure that you incorporate fiber in your daily regime.
Fiber adds bulk and weight to the stool helping them to pass more easily. It’s not difficult to add fiber to your diet. Simply eating legumes, vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products, such as oatmeal, brown rice or 100% whole-wheat bread will provide all your digestive tract needs to work smoothly. Some sufferers may need extra help to make their stool soft so that it is not too painful to pass. Psyllium husks is an excellent supplement that will soften the stool adequately.
Another great form of fiber you should add to your diet is flaxseeds. Sprinkle it on your cereal, yogurt or add a tablespoon of ground flax to a glass of fresh orange juice. Flaxseeds also give you a good supply of omega-3 fatty acids.
Water is the best liquid to drink to aid digestion. It is absorbed by the stools, makes them heavier and easier to pass through the anal canal. This is especially true when you’re adding more fiber to your diet, because fiber absorbs the water like a sponge. You should drink six to eight glasses of water a day.
Hemorroidal creams or suppositories applied to the affected area can relieve the itching and soothe the pain.
Having tub baths 2 to 3 times a day in plain, warm water with a couple tablespoons of epsom salts for 10 minutes at a time may also reduce itching and soothe pain.
Exercise is probably the last thing you want to do when you have an outbreak of piles, but when you are not suffering from an external hemorrhoid, you should add exercise to your daily regime. Combined with a healthy diet of fruit, vegetables, wholegrain products, copious amounts of water and supplements, you should be able to say goodbye to hemorrhoids.
Ease The Pain
When hemorrhoids swell, they press against tender nerves, which is why they’re often so painful. In addition, eating certain foods can make the pain even worse.
Here are a few foods that you may want to avoid:
Coffee. Drinking coffee causes the intestines to contract, which can irritate an already tender hemorrhoid. It is also a diuretic, meaning it causes the body to lose valuable water – and you need more, not less, water when hemorrhoids flare up.
Alcohol. Just like coffee, alcohol is a diuretic and can cause constipation. When you have hemorrhoids, abstain from drinking alcohold until they go away.
Spicy Foods. The same chemicals that give spicy foods their fire can burn you in the bathroom, when hemorrhoids are hurting, stay away from the hot peppers and stick to blander foods.
So try to avoid these 3 mistakes and you will not be contributing to any worsening of your hemorrhoids. It's very important to understand this in our modern lifestyle of sedentary office work and processed, convenient diets.
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Healing Hemorrhoid Tip - For Softer Stools
Having softer stools can greatly ease the pain of hemorrhoids. If you include bulk forming fibers into your diet it will soften the stool and reduce the need for straining thereby making the passage of bowel movements easier and less painful.
Because dietary fiber holds water it makes and keeps the stool soft and adds bulk to the stool aiding it to move smoothly through the colon.
Physillium Husk is an excellent supplement that adds fiber into your diet.
Natural Healing Remedies for Piles
Mention the word piles or hemorrhoids and the first thing that springs to mind is pain. Piles can be extremely painful, itch, become sore, bleed and in some instances produce a mucus discharge.
As well as the chemical based medicines available there are several alternative natural remedies and preparations that can used instead to ease the pain.
I detail below just a few remedies that you can try in combating the effects of piles.
Traditional Home And Folk Remedies
For hundreds of years potatoes have been used for medicinal purposes. There are nutritious, full of fiber, and vitamins B and C. The skins of red potatoes in particular contain high levels of potatassium and can be cut into slim julienne shapes and inserted into the anus to relieve symptoms.
Another remedy is to sit on a cold bowl of water or bidet several times a day. This will help to reduce the inflammation and swelling.
Is the use of plants for medicinal purposes and is the oldest form of medicine in the world.
In the treatment of hemorrhoids you can use witch hazel, pilewort, bayberry, yellow dock, dandelion root, and horse chestnut in various compounds, tinctures and preparations.
Is an anti-inflammatory, which when applied to a hemorrhoid encourages reduction of inflammation and encourages healing. You can apply it in the form of a compress.
Recipe For With Hazel Compress:
Simmer 1oz of cut bark in 1 pint of water for 10 minutes. Strain and let cool. Dip a clean cotton cloth in the tepid witch hazel water, wring and press against the hemorrhoid for about 30 minutes.
Can be purchased from your local health food store and should be applied two to three times daily.
Bayberry and Yellow Dock
Are both astringent herbs. The best way to utilise these herbs is by adding them to cocoa butter, and form the cocoa butter in the shape of a suppository and insert into the anus.
Oils have been used in healing for centuries and those with astringent and stimulant qualities could help to relieve and encourage circulation of hemorrhoids.
Pure aromatherapy oils are usually in a concentrated form and therefore needs to be diluted by a carrier oil like almond oil. Also, because of the state of concentration you only need to use a few drops in a preparation.
However, tthere are a few essential oils that can be used neat, and lavender and tea tree are such oils. Lavender oil is extremely healing, so I recommend putting 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and apply directly on the pile. If you are not too embarrassed get someone to place the drops directly on the hemorrhoid.
Try adding 4-5 drops of cypress, frankincense or lavender (not all together, use the oil singularly) to a bowl of hot or cold water. Soak a folded clean cotton cloth in the water, wring it out and apply over the hemorrhoid.
Rosemary oil is a stimulant and can be used to improve circulation. Add 5-10 drops to a full bath and soak for 30 minutes. Essential oils do not dissolve in water but forms a thin film on the surface. It's the heat from the water that releases a vapour and aids absorption into the skin. You can also use Lavender and have a healing bath!
So the next time you have a flare up try some the healing recipes above. They should aid quicker healing and relieve pain.
Aromatherapy Essential Oils
Hemorrhoid Cushions Do They Really Cushion the Pain?
Quite often I get asked about whether hemorrhoid cushions actually work at relieving pain, and here I am going to tell you the truth.
When we are sitting down, a lot of pressure goes on the bottom and furthermore, gravity causes the blood to stay in that region.This happens because we forget to stand up and move around thus leading to pressure simply building up. If you have had a hemorrhoid
flare-up, this can aggravate it because of the excessive and unnatural pressure.
One of the easiest ways to avoid this is to stand up and stretch every 15 minutes during the hour. Now I'm not advocating that you do a complete workout every 15 minutes, just stretch, reach upwards with your hands and bend your legs at the knee and slowly squat. This is great for relieving pressure and also creating a good circulation in the body. After all, hemorrhoids are highly effected the intensity of blood pressure placed there for an extended period of time.
But what is probably a better thing to do is to buy a hemorrhoid cushion, usually in a donut shape that's comfortable and upon which you sit to relieve pressure. The hemorrhoid cushion causes the sphincter muscle to feel less force from your body weight.
There are many different cushions available and you may wish to try out different ones, afterall you may be using them for a long time. You can take it one step further and get yourself a reclining chair which has a built in donut cushion for maximum relief. Remember your health is number one so do not go cheap on this.
A Hemorrhoid cushions can be wonderful aid for those who have suffered from piles. Along with a curing system, you can go very smoothly without having to worry. Even during a bowel movement or rectal pressure, you'll feel greatly relieved from the effects of the cushion.
So hemorrhoid cushions definitely get the thumbs up and score a healthy 8/10 for temporary relief from hemorrhoidal pain.