Prevention and Relief for Hemorrhoids
There is no exact certainty that hemorrhoids is a preventable condition, nevertheless doctors suggest various means to keep your bowels in a good form for easy stool release. If the bowels are soft, they can be excreted easily thereby lessening the pressure needed to eliminate it. This will then prevent the veins in the anus to swell. Preventive measures may also be used to reduce the symptoms of hemorrhoids.
The most basic but very effective way of doing this is through eating high fiber food and drinking lots of water or liquids like fruit juices. Slowly add these fiber-rich foods in your meals and then you will notice the difference in your stools. Eating pure meat and not having enough liquids in the body can cause constipation and the latter can lead to hemorrhoids. For people who still fail to reach the daily recommended dietary fiber, supplements can also be taken so as to keep a regular bowel movement.
Exercising and staying physically active is a great way to prevent constipation which will lessen the pressure on the blood vessels in the anus. Prolonged standing or sitting down should also be avoided. It is recommended for you to walk every after a few minutes of being in a stationary position. Moreover, it can help you shed off a few pounds because obesity or being overweight can also cause hemorrhoids.
It is also important not to delay your defecation once you feel the urge. Delaying it can make the bowels dry and difficult to release. Sitting too long on the toilet bowl can also cause extra pressure on the veins in the anus. An example is the habit of reading a magazine for a long time while waiting for the bowels to be released. Likewise, do not strain to release the bowels and keep yourself relaxed.
In order to relieve minor pain and inflammation of hemorrhoids, one of the ways to do so is by using topical hemorrhoid creams and lubricants. Use a cotton bud to apply the cream into the affected area. Petroleum jelly is a type of lubricant that can also be used. Another way to relieve hemorrhoids is through soaking your anal region in lukewarm water in a basin or sitz bath. Soak for at least 10 to 15 minutes up to thrice a day.
However, this method is more effective for relieving pain caused by external hemorrhoids than internal ones. Cold compress can also be applied on your anal region so as to soothe the pain and reduce the swelling. For temporary but fast acting relief, take ibuprofen or aspirin if it gets very uncomfortable.
Another alternative for relieving hemorrhoids is wearing underwear made from natural-fiber. Synthetic material, lace, and nylon can only cause discomfort on your anal region. Such types of underwear can create trapped moisture which will make you more uncomfortable when you have hemorrhoids. Natural fibers such as cotton are very comfortable to wear. Such natural fibers will get the oxygen to flow in the anal area thus preventing moisture from being trapped there.
Using soft seat cushions or hemorrhoid cushions will relieve the pain caused by either internal or external hemorrhoids. You can also lie face down on your bed, with a pillow tucked below the hips. For pregnant women, sleeping or lying down on your side will reduce the pressure in the swollen veins and in effect it will lessen the pain. These pain relievers can get rid of hemorrhoid symptoms in a couple of days, but if they do not, consult a doctor quickly especially if there is bleeding.