Hemorrhoids cause the veins in the lower portion of anus or rectum to swell up and cause pain. This can be a common problem which can be painful, but is not usually fatal. This happens quite often in women during pregnancy, or after childbirth. It is also caused or increased by infections, constipation and straining during bowel movements. Symptoms include anal itching, pain, blood in stools and hard and tender lumps near the anus.
Hemorrhoids are two types:
* Internal hemorrhoids: They are the swollen veins in the wall of anus. They may be very itchy and painful. It is also known as bleeding hemorrhoid. You may see blood drops on the surface of stool.
* External hemorrhoids: External hemorrhoids can clot under the skin and get irritated, which can result in a painful and hard lump. They are called clotted or thrombosed hemorrhoid.
The main symptoms of internal and external hemorrhoids are:
* Itching: Unusual itching on the rectal area.
* Bleeding: You may see bright red colored blood on toilet paper after having bowel movement.
* Rectal pain: You may feel pain during wiping or cleaning rectal area.
NATURAL HEMORRHOID CURE
* Proper wiping and cleaning:Â Try to avoid rubbing rectal area with toilet paper. This may irritate the skin more, and can worsen the condition. Wipe gently and slowly without scrubbing.
* Avoid constipation: Go to toilet as soon as possible whenever you feel the urge for having a bowel movement to avoid constipation.
* Do not strain during bowel movement: Excessive straining and prolong sitting during stools may worsen the hemorrhoid. It can also cause bleeding from rectum.
* Anti-itch diet: Try to avoid foods and beverages such as: soda, citrus fruits and juices, spices, wine and beer, caffeinated products because these promote flatulence, lessen the anal sphincter pressure and usually increase anal skin sensitivity.
* Anti-constipation diet: Constipation is one of the major causes of hemorrhoids.Â In many cases lifestyle and dietary changes help prevent constipation and reduce various symptoms.
* High Fiber Diet: helps in the formation of soft and bulky stools. High-fiber foods include whole grains, bran cereals and beans; fresh fruits and vegetables like carrots, cabbage, brussels sprouts and asparagus. People vulnerable to constipation must limit the consumption of foods that have little or no fiber like cheese, ice cream, processed foods.
Other helpful measures which can help prevent and treat constipation that may lead to hemorrhoids include drinking enough water and soups based on fruit and vegetable juices, engaging in physical activity and daily exercise. Additionally, the pressure on having a bowel movement should not be ignored.
Enemas: It is used for and fecal impaction to relieve constipation. Enemas with clean, plain warm water can be effective in keeping the bowels clean.
Ice Packs: Symptoms of acute inflamed hemorrhoids alleviate by icing the area. Applying an ice pack to the anal area for a few minutes works well.
Keep the anus dry: Moist anal area is vulnerable to skin infection and irritation. Apply the anus area with baby powder or cornstarch to absorb moisture. Use large cotton fluff placed between the buttocks to absorb the excessive moisture.
Sitz Bath: A bath in which the hips and buttocks are immersed in warm water, gives quick relief from hemorrhoids
Topical Ointments and Creams: Creams and ointments like petroleum jelly soothe irritated skin surfaces of the anal area. Also, lubricating the anal passage before a bowel movement can help reduce the pain caused in the passage arising from a difficult or hard stool. Â
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