Hemorrhoids are not the subject of polite conversation, but if they were, sufferers would discover they are in good company. Almost half of the population over the age of 50 suffer from hemorrhoid flare-ups and are often so embarrassed by the malady they won’t even discuss it with their personal care physician. The good news for the embarrassing malady is that the symptoms of hemorrhoids, that include swelling, burning, itching pain and difficulty in sitting. can be treated and relieved in the privacy of one’s own home.
Home Hemorrhoid Treatments
Swelling and itching can be treated with an over-the-counter topical ointment that contains hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone will reduce the inflammation and bring quick, but temporary, relief.
Soaking in a hot bath will bring relief and ease the symptoms of hemorrhoids. The bathtub soak will also gently cleanse the area, which is essential for preventing symptoms.
If a hot water bathtub soak doesn’t work, the opposite may be the ticket for symptom relief. Soak a cloth in a bowl of ice water, ring out the excess water and apply the icy cold compress to the area.
The pain of a flare-up can be relieved by taking an over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil.
Causes Of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids occur when a vein in the lower rectum or anal area becomes overly engorged with blood. Many things can put pressure on these veins and cause them to become overly engorged. Chronic constipation, diarrhea or frequent straining when eliminating are the most common cause. Pregnancy and obesity can also be the cause. Employment that requires constant heavy lifting or prolonged periods of sitting can also cause the veins to engorged and become painful also.
How To Reduce The Risk
The risk of developing hemorrhoids can be reduced by adding more fiber to the daily diet . More fiber means fewer bouts of constipation and straining. Increase water consumption to keep the body hydrated and stools soft, which will decrease the amount of time spent on the toilet. Exercising helps the digestive system work more efficiently and losing extra weight will take the pressure off the veins.
Sometimes the hemorrhoids become so large it impairs the quality of daily life and they will need surgical removal. Talk with a doctor regarding surgical removal options.