Hemorrhoids or Piles are swollen, twisted blood vessels located in the wall of the rectum and anus. The rectum is relatively insensitive to pain as it consists of red tissue and mucus glands. On the other hand, the anus is highly pain sensitive being formed by skin, nerves, and part of the intestine.
Internal hemorrhoids occur at the junction between the anus and rectum, and they are usually painless. However, they can bleed when the bowel movement takes place. The blood may turn the toilet water red or streak the toilet paper. They rarely cause anemia or lead to severe blood loss.
External hemorrhoids form below the anorectal junction and are observed as a lump on the anus. A thrombosed hemorrhoid is one where a blood clot has formed so the lump is enlarged, swollen and more painful.
What Causes Hemorrhoids
Scientists does not have a clear cause for external hemorrhoids but it appears to be linked to genetics, weak veins, lifestyle, and age. It is more prevalent in pregnant women and the elderly, more common in Western civilization than the East (due to toilet habits and position). Hemorrhoids are more likely to occur in those who eat processed food than those who consume a fiber-rich diet.
How to get rid of hemorrhoids
While no one wants to admit that they have a pain in the butt, hemorrhoids are exactly that. Besides the pain, they can irritate the anal region, cause itching and discomfort, and are an embarrassing condition. If you experience rectal bleeding, check with your doctor as this could be a symptom of colorectal or anal cancer. When the bleeding is due to hemorrhoids, you have a few alternatives to treat this annoying problem.
Straining during a bowel movement is one of the main culprits in the occurrence of hemorrhoids so eating fibers may help to soften the stool. Psyllium husk is notably high in fiber and regular consumption may contribute to reducing the stress on the swollen veins. Other food sources that are high in fibers are legumes and whole grains, brans (oat, wheat, corn), raspberries, pears with skin, broccoli and green leafy vegetables.
Drink Lots of Water
Drinking lots of water can help you get rid of hemorrhoids. Again, the intent is to soften the stool and lots of water (8-10 glasses/day) will contribute to this effect. In addition, a well-hydrated body improves the blood circulation, preventing the onset of clotting.
Exercising contributes to improving corporal blood circulation thus reducing the possibility of clotting. It is advisable to start with light to moderate exercises. Depending on your general health, advance to more challenging levels of cardiovascular activity.
Avoid straining and breath holding while passing a stool because it creates greater pressure in the veins and lower rectum. Sitting for long periods when evacuating also increases the pressure on the anal veins. Go when you feel a bowel urge as the stool can become dry and harder to pass if you wait.
Even though hemorrhoids are painful when touched, it is important to maintain proper hygiene of the area. Cleansing promotes faster healing and prevents bacteria buildup which delays the healing process.
There are creams and ointments such as Anusol that can be applied after taking a bath. These creams and ointments help to shrink the lump and aid in the pain management. Another option is the application of Aloe Vera which promotes healing and helps to reduce hemorrhoid. However, it is important to use the natural source which is obtained by breaking a small piece of the leaf, extracting the gel and applying to the affected area. Witch Hazel is known to soothe the pain and reduce the swelling. If combined with Aloe Vera, it also can stop the bleeding. Apply it by moistening and cotton ball and gently placing over the anal area. Although Vicks Vapor Rub may sound rather daunting, it helps in shrinking the hemorrhoids and the pain. It should be applied a minimum of three times daily for it to be effective.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a highly beneficial treatment that will decrease the itching and pain instantly. However, be advised that it may cause a stinging sensation. Apply a soaked cotton ball directly to the area.
An Ice Pack can be placed in the area for 15-20 minutes, three times daily. The cold helps with the inflammation and helps soothe the area. Conversely, a warm bath is also soothing and helps with the pain management. Combine with table salt, chamomile, or calendula to promote the healing process.
Dry skin may be conducive to excessive bleeding or aggravate the condition. Using a dry tissue to wipe the area may cause small scratches that can irritate the swollen vessels. Instead, use a non-perfumed, non-alcoholic wet wipe to cleanse without drying the skin. To maintain proper moisture, Vitamin E capsules can be placed at the anal opening to soothe and re-hydrate the area.
Oral Pain Relievers
The use of acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen is suggested to temporarily relieve discomfort.
A suppository is a solid medication that is inserted into the rectal cavity. Because this area is warm and rich in blood vessels, the suppository dissolves and is absorbed into the blood stream. These drugs act as a pain reliever and help to soften the hard stool so that it is easier to pass.
Non-traditional Natural Cures
Certain essential oils have been found to be effective in the treatment of hemorrhoids. Tea Tree Oil is beneficial in reducing the inflammation and as a natural cure. Because of its strength, it should be diluted with a carrier oil such as castor or sweet almond oil. Other alternatives are lavender and rosemary essential oils. Apply regularly to the affected area utilizing a clean cotton swab.
Lemon juice has also healing properties due to the presence of antioxidants. Apply directly or ingest with ginger and honey to reap the nutritional benefits which will aid in the reduction of pain and inflammation.
The consumption of Olive oil has also curative properties that soothe the piles and reduce the discomfort associated with the condition. The regular consumption of the monosaturated fatty acids present in Olive oil improves the functionality of the bowel movements. They also increase the elasticity of the blood vessels mitigating the trauma of passing hard stools.
In certain cases, surgery is an option for some individuals. There are minimally invasive surgeries that can be performed in an outpatient center. These are Rubber Band Ligation, Sclerotherapy, and Coagulation. If such procedures are not successful or the hemorrhoids are large, a surgical procedure may be indicated. Such surgeries entail the removal of hemorrhoid (Hemorrhoidectomy) or hemorrhoid stapling.
There are risks and potential complications intrinsically associated with surgery such as temporary difficulty in emptying the bladder and urinary tract infections. Surgeries are also expensive and may not prevent the reoccurrence of piles. It is always advisable to seek a second opinion when considering a medical procedure.
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