If you are puzzled as to the best way to treat hemorrhoids, look no further. Hemorrhoids are a common problem, yet many people don’t know how to treat them once they develop. The best thing you can do to remedy this oftentimes painful condition is to educate yourself on the different treatment methods and techniques that are available.
If you are looking for quick relief of a hemorrhoid flare up, you should check out some of the over-the-counter products available for just that purpose. There are creams, suppositories, gels and pads that contain medicines that numb the area. Other medicines such as Tylenol and Advil can help to reduce the pain as well.
When you have hemorrhoids, be sure to stay away from spicy foods. Spicy foods can be extremely irritating to your hemorrhoids. It is also recommended that you avoid consuming too much beer, soft drinks or coffee.
Once or twice per day, draw yourself a warm (not hot) bath and add a generous amount of colloidal oatmeal to the water. Just as oatmeal can soothe dry, itchy skin, it can also provide some relief from the itching and irritation of external hemorrhoids. Allow yourself to soak in the water for at least fifteen minutes, or longer if possible.
If you are prone to hemorrhoids and you have a job that requires a lot of sitting, then you need to get up and move a few minutes each hour. Exercise is very important in the prevention and treatment of hemorrhoids. Also, you will want to refrain from heavy lifting and anal intercourse to avoid the risk of developing hemorrhoids.
While treating your hemorrhoids, it is best to keep the anal area as dry as possible throughout the day to reduce the risk of additional irritation or infection of the tissues. Absorb excess moisture by applying a small amount of cornstarch or fragrance-free baby powder to your anal area once or twice per day.
Too much strain while using the bathroom is one major cause of hemorrhoids. Eating fewer processed foods and downing plenty of water can make it easier to pass stools. Squatting without unnecessary strain can help pass bowel movements. When you are on the toilet, put a short stool underneath your feet. Interestingly, hemorrhoids are not very common in places where squatting is the more traditional way of evacuating the bowels.
Regular daily exercise may help in the prevention and treatment of hemorrhoids. In our fast-paced world it can be hard to find time to fit exercise into our day but even a little can help. Try using the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Don’t do any exercise that would cause straining, like lifting weights.
If you have hemorrhoids and find that your problem hasn’t taken care of itself after a couple of weeks or the problem seems to be getting worse quickly than you should go to a professional immediately. Probably you will have no major problems but they will be able to tell you exactly what is going on.
Now that you obtained some basic knowledge on treating hemorrhoids, you will be able to develop your own plan for success and alleviate your hemorrhoids at home. Look for additional resources and try different methods until you find one that works well for you.