So what are Hemorrhoids? They are basically swollen and enlarged veins (varicose veins) that are
found in the rectal area.
Some are internal (inside the rectum) and
others are external where they appear outside of the rectum.
hemorrhoids may bleed, especially when they are irritated during a
bowel movement while others may not cause any pain or discomfort at all.
individuals are looking for alternative and natural cures first before
turning to conventional non-prescription and prescription solutions.
Many of these remedies are very effective.
Continue reading to discover tips and remedies that can help you get rid of hemorrhoids permanently.
Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Asked Questions & Facts
is a hemorrhoid?Hemorrhoids are swollen and enlarged veins (varicose veins) that are
found in the rectal area. Some are internal (inside the rectum) and
others are external where they hang outside of the rectum.
studies seem to show that this condition is common in developed
countries but is not very common in developing countries.
believe that it is the position that a person takes when they defecate
that puts unnecessary pressure on the rectal region. The squatting
position is commonly used in developing countries. By squatting,
you get your abdominal muscle to push the feces and that reduces the
pressure at the rectum. Another possible reason might be the fact that
in developed countries, people eat more refined foods and "junk" food.
Hemorrhoids can be caused by excessive pressure on the veins at the
rectum. These factors include:
Chronic constipation is commonly associated with hemorrhoids so
it must be avoided as much as possible using lifestyle
- Heredity (resulting in weak or poor veins)
- Constipation (mild or chronic)
- Straining and lifting heavy objects
- Lack of fiber in diet
- Lack of fluid intake (dehydration causes
- Lack of physical activity
- Prolonged sitting or standing positions
are some signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids?
most common symptoms of suffering from hemorrhoids are itching,
swelling, discomfort, pain and bleeding during the passing of the stool.
blood can either be found in the stool or on the tissue paper during
wiping. Any bleeding from the rectum needs to be diagnosed by your
family doctor to ensure it is not a symptom of other serious
External hemorrhoids may be felt as a lump of
tissue sticking out of the rectum. These may be inflamed and painful,
especially when you have to strain to pass stool.
lifestyle changes can I do to avoid or cure this problem?
There are many simple changes you can do to resolve this problem. Here
are some practical tips you can try.
sit on the toilet too long. That position puts pressure on the rectal
tissue and can aggravate the problem. Spend no more than 10 minutes on
Don't read while sitting on the toilet. That
activity will keep you sitting longer on the toilet than necessary.
strain too long trying to pass the stool. If you need to strain to pass
stool, the stool is too hard and you are suffering from constipation.
Don't use laxative excessively as they may
cause you to strain.
prescription medications and practically all narcotic pain relievers
can slow down stool movement in the intestine and cause constipation.
Talk to your healthcare professional to find out if any of the
medications you are on can cause constipation.
plenty of fluids. Water is best. This will provide enough fluid to the
intestine to ensure that the stool stays soft. Drinking fluids can help
prevent constipation. Stay away from caffeine (or keep to a moderate
amount) as they can be dehydrating.
exercise is enough. No, you don't have to exercise vigorously and get
to your target heart rate. That's for keeping you body and heart
healthy and preventing heart
disease, not for treating constipation. (Although it would
work just fine for preventing constipation too.)
- Do develop a good bowel habit. Avoid holding
back when you feel the urge. This will ensure the stool doesn't become
Keep the area clean. Use a sitz bath with warm
water to rinse the rectal area. Avoid using soap as it can cause
hazel solutions after rinsing to soothe the rectal
area. Also consider using aloe
vera or calendula
after a bowel movement to soothe the area and help with
soft pre-moistened towels rather than dry toilet paper. Heck, those
baby wipes are just fine. You can simply buy some round cotton cosmetic
pads, soak it with witch hazel
solution and wipe clean. Or buy and use Tucks Pads if it is more
diet should I consider if I suffer from
Fiber, fiber fiber. Today, modern society doesn't get enough fiber in
their diet due to the amount of processing on foods. Experts suggest 25
to 40 grams of fiber daily.
Drink more water. Water is needed for fiber to work.
Eat more whole grains foods, fruits and vegetables.
Drink aloe vera juice as it can help reduce irritation and inflammation.
yogurt. The bacteria (acidophillus) found in yogurt promotes digestive
function. It also helps your body absorb the needed vitamin K which can
Berry fruits, like acai,
are high in bioflavonoids
which help to reduce inflammation and to promote blood vessel health.
Avoid "fast food" as they are generally high in fat, low in fiber and
is not the best for the health of your bowels.
Cut back or eliminate caffeine
as it can increase your risk of
here to get a listing of the amount of caffeine found in many
can I do about external bleeding hemorrhoids?
experts suggest eating foods that are high in vitamin K. These
include alfalfa and dark-green leafy vegetables. Yogurt also helps your
body absorb vitamin K.
Consider using a cold or ice-pack for 10 to 20 minutes at a time on the
external hemorrhoids to reduce pain and swelling.
long does the hemorrhoids last?
As hemorrhoids are enlarged, veins, they do not necessary go away. They
can shrink in size as the pressure is relieved. For example, if you
suffer from this during pregnancy, after dellivery, they
may disappear completely.
However, they may reappear again if
you put excessive pressure in the rectum again.
By reducing pressure to the veins, you can be certain that they will
enlarge and become a nuisance again.
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