are probably one of the last things most people even think about. Most people run out to the drugstore and get the typical creams and salves, loaded with steroids.
They say about 50% of the US population will experience hemorrhoids by age 50, so
home remedies for hemorrhoids
should be something you know about.
Hemorrhoids are swollen, inflamed veins within the rectum, and were actually one of the top health issues in 2012, leading to much advertising for creams and other treatments.
But the good news is, there are many effective
hemorrhoid home remedies
and many things you can understand to prevent hemorrhoids.
Why choose painful surgery and other techniques when you can choose a natural hemorrhoid treatment?
Hemorrhoids affect both men and women. Hemorrhoids can form either internally or externally.
People suffering from constipation, the elderly and pregnant women are the usual victims of hemorrhoids. Fortunately, hemorrhoids aren’t particularly dangerous and are more of a nuisance than anything else, so don’t panic!
Seeing blood in the toilet could be a sign of hemorrhoids. If the hemorrhoid is internal, the blood may be bright red and will be noticeable on toilet paper. If the hemorrhoid is external, you may experience a blood clot around your anus and some swelling.
Common symptoms include:
• Blood clots or lumps around the anus
• Anal pain
Using some natural hemorrhoid treatments and following prevention tips, your symptoms may disappear as the issue reverses.
• Apple Cider Vinegar – Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and apply it to the hemorrhoid area. Repeat this until the inflammation disappears and symptoms subside. You can also add some apple cider vinegar (half a cup) to a sitz bath.
• Rutin – Found in plants such as buckwheat, oranges, grapefruit, lemon, cranberries, and asparagus, rutin is another home remedy often used for hemorrhoids. Buying it in supplement form will be more effective.
• Coconut Oil – Apply coconut oil directly to hemorrhoids. In addition to symptoms subsiding, the hemorrhoids may even disappear in just a few days.
• Witch Hazel – An astringent, witch hazel is one of the oldest known natural remedies for hemorrhoids. Just soak a pad or cotton ball with witch hazel and apply it to the area.
• Aloe Vera – As with the above treatments, simply apply aloe vera to the affected area to relieve symptoms of itching and soreness.
• Squat, Don’t Sit –Conventional toilets are highly unnatural, and may be one reason hemorrhoids are rarely seen in less developed countries, where squatting is done when going to the bathroom. Sitting down to pass a bowel movement puts tremendous strain on the rectum while squatting straightens the rectum and relaxes the muscle.
Home Remedy Hemorrhoids Relief:
• Get more fiber. Add more fiber to your diet from food. High-fiber foods include broccoli, beans, wheat and oat bran, whole-grain foods, and fresh fruit. Or a fiber supplement (such as Citrucel, Metamucil, Fiber Con etc.), can be used.
Along with adequate fluid, fiber softens stools and makes them easier to pass, reducing pressure on hemorrhoids. Fiber supplements help decrease hemorrhoidal bleeding, inflammation, and enlargement. They may also reduce irritation from small bits of stool that are trapped around the blood vessels. Some women find that boosting fiber causes bloating or gas. Start slowly, and gradually increase your intake to 25–30 grams of fiber per day. Also, increase your fluid intake.
• Exercise. Moderate aerobic exercise, like walking 20–30 minutes a day, can help stimulate bowel function.
• Go When You Feel Like It. When you feel the urge to defecate, go to the bathroom immediately; don’t wait until a more convenient time. Stool can back up, leading to increased pressure and straining.
• Sitz. A sitz bath is a warm water bath for the buttocks and hips (the name comes from the German “sitzen,” meaning “to sit”). It can relieve itching, irritation, and spasms of the sphincter muscle. Take about a 20-minute sitz bath after each bowel movement and do it at least two or three times a day. Don’t rub or wipe hard after a bowel movement.
• Topical relief. Don’t use over the counter drugs for more than a week at a time, because the steroid ingredients used can cause the skin to atrophy.
• A small ice pack placed against the anal area for a few minutes can also help reduce pain and swelling. Sit on a cushion rather than a hard surface.
• Treat the clot. When an external hemorrhoid forms a blood clot, the pain can be excruciating. If the clot has been present for longer than two days, apply home treatments for the symptoms while waiting for it to go away on its own.
These home remedies for hemorrhoids should help you get over this very annoying and uncomfortable problem.