Hemorrhoids or Anal piles are an embarrassing and painful health condition. In its simplest definition, it is any swelling of the veins in the rectum or the anus. The two common types are external and internal. External one are the type that itch or hurt and the internal type are deep inside that they are not felt.
What Is the Cause?
The first thing you need to know before knowing how to get rid of hemorrhoids, it is essential to know what causes this annoying malady. Hemorrhoids form because of excessive and prolonged pressure in the rectal area which can lead to your veins to swell and become irritated. These excessive pressures are results from the following:
- Prolonged sitting (especially in the toilet)
- Excessive straining to release bowel (this stretches the veins in the rectum that swells and becomes the hemorrhoid)
- Heavy lifting
- Pregnancy and subsequent delivery
- Inadequate exercise
Get Rid of It!
- Use Creams with Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel creams and boiled concoction of the bark and leaves of the plant are potent ways to numb the itching and the pain.
- Use an Ice Pack
This can be used as relief from the swelling and the pain.
- Use the Sitz bath method
By soaking down or the sitz bath method, swelling and pain can be relieved. Make sure the water is warm (not hot) and dip the affected part for around 10 to 15 minutes, then dry by hairdryer or by patting (wiping may cause more irritation) using a soft towel. Do this with a daily frequency of around four times a day.
- Make sure it’s clean.
Always make sure to clean the rectal area when taking a bath. However, never use soap as it may cause more irritation. Use moist, towelletes to clean the anal area. These should not have alcohol or fragrance as it may have the same effects as soap to the irritated part.
Now It’s Gone, How Do I Prevent It?
As in any ailment prevention is always better than the cure. No one would like to go through the ordeal first before knowing that it is bad, so here are measures to prevent the recurrence of hemorrhoids.
- Add Fiber to your diet
Fiber does not exactly get digested like other things we consume, but it helps attract water to your bowel which in turn will soften your stool.
- Increase water intake
If fiber will help attract water, therefore you need to have a regular consumption of water of around 8 to 12 glasses a day. This also has added benefits to your body as water is one of its most essential requirements for optimal health.
- Stay Active and keep exercising
The more your weight is on the heavy side, the more you are prone to hemorrhoids because your body itself is contributing to pressure during prolonged sitting, therefore an active lifestyle will prevent this.
Hemorrhoids can easily be treated and prevented at home as long as you have a healthy way of life, however, in the event that the condition is in its advanced stages or infection develops, consulting your physician is your only option and never delay it.