How to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids Fast
I am a nurse by profession and have already encountered numerous cases of hemorrhoids. In fact, I also used to suffer from this condition. Thus, to help you out, I have compiled a short list of quick and easy remedies that you can do at home to treat hemorrhoids should you be suffering from them, too.
What Are Hemorrhoids?
In medical terminology, hemorrhoids are defined as swollen veins or a group of veins in the region of the anus. Although this condition can really be painful, it is usually not that serious unless accompanied by severe bleeding. There are also two types of hemorrhoids: internal and external.
Many people develop hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. What usually causes this to develop is severe pressure on the veins in the pelvic or rectal area. The anus then swells as a result. Conditions such as constipation, pregnancy, and obesity, are all probable causes of developing hemorrhoids due to pressure. Anal intercourse and heavy lifting can cause hemorrhoids, too.
Home Treatment for Hemorrhoids
Hot Sitz Bath
First on my list is the "Hot Sitz" bath. This treatment is widely used in hospitals—you simply need to sit in a tub filled with warm water. The steam helps soothe the anal area and hastens the healing process.
An Apple a Day . . .
Hemorrhoids are often caused by undue pressure on the anal area, so not straining this area definitely helps in getting rid of this condition more quickly.
If you have not been eating your fruits and vegetables lately, then go fill yourself with food from this group. The fiber from fruits and vegetables increases the "bulk" in your diet, helping to pass out stools more easily.
More liquid in the diet helps prevent dehydration and dried up stools, thus preventing constipation and worsening of hemorrhoids.
Exercise regularly. This will keep your metabolism up and aid in your digestion. Remember: Healthy digestion is an important part of a regular bowel habit.
Form That Habit
Try to have a regular bowel habit. Holding stools for long periods of time triggers the intestines to reabsorb water, making these harder in consistency and more difficult to pass. Ouch!
Ice, Ice Baby!
Ice cubes can definitely help soothe the anal area and lessen the swelling. These can even stop the bleeding if not that severe.
Be Keen on Hygiene
Keep your anal area clean by washing thoroughly and changing your undergarments regularly. This will prevent too much bacteria from settling in your anal area and worsening the condition. Infection and inflammation could lead to longer healing times for your hemorrhoids.
Lastly, seek medical advice if necessary. Your doctor might prescribe medications (such as laxatives, suppositories, and creams) that help in treating hemorrhoids. Hopefully, though, I was able to help you as much as I have helped myself fully recover from this condition.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.