It’s no fun to experience discomfort when going to the bathroom, especially when you are dealing with a bad case of hemorrhoids. Luckily, the condition is not dangerous or life threatening, and your symptoms will usually fade within a couple of days. However, if you’d like to assist the healing process, hemorrhoid home remedies can surely help.
What are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins that develop around the anus or in the lower rectum – the last part of the large intestine that leads to the anus (which is the opening at the end of the digestive tract where bowel movements exit). There are two different kinds of hemorrhoids – external and internal. External hemorrhoids are found under the skin around the anus. Internal hemorrhoids plague the lower rectum and can protrude (or prolapse) through the anus. The majority of prolapsed hemorrhoids will shrink back into the rectum on their own.
Causes and Symptoms
Swelling in the anal or rectal veins is the cause of hemorrhoids, and there are a handful of factors that can lead to this condition, such as chronic constipation or diarrhea, straining during bowel movements, sitting on the toilet for long periods of time, and not getting enough fiber in the diet. Some people develop hemorrhoids because they’ve experienced a weakening of the connective tissue in the rectum and anus – a factor associated with getting older.
Pregnant women often suffer hemorrhoids because of the increasing pressure in the stomach region. This can cause the veins in the lower rectum and anus to get bigger. For most females, their hemorrhoids will vanish after giving birth.
Common symptoms of internal hemorrhoids include the presence of bright red blood in stools, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl after having a bowel movement. There is usually no pain with internal hemorrhoids that have not prolapsed. However, prolapsed hemorrhoids will cause discomfort, pain and itching in the anal region.
External hemorrhoids may cause blood clots, which can lead to bleeding, painful swelling, or the formation of a hard lump around the anus. As the blood clot gets smaller, extra skin is left behind, which can become itchy or irritated. If you constantly strain, rub or clean around the anus, your symptoms will worsen.
Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids:
Eat More Fiber:
Just the simplest diet and lifestyle changes can help lessen the swelling and symptoms of hemorrhoids. A high-fiber diet can soften stools and make them easier to pass. Fiber also helps reduce the pressure that straining causes on hemorrhoids. It is recommended to increase your intake of dietary fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
To encourage faster healing of hemorrhoids, apply vitamin E oil to swollen tissue.
To treat the itching and burning sensation associated with hemorrhoids, apply aloe vera gel to affected skin, which will help speed up the overall healing process.
After going to the bathroom, you can lessen the irritation of hemorrhoids by cleaning the anus with pre-moistened wipes. Baby wipes are a gentler choice.
Ginger, Lime, Mint & Honey:
An internal treatment for hemorrhoids may come when you combine ½ teaspoon of fresh ginger juice, one teaspoon of fresh lime juice, and one teaspoon of fresh mint juice. Add one teaspoon of honey to the mix, and drink once daily.
To enjoy relief from your hemorrhoids, it is suggested to sit in a tub filled with warm water for 10 minutes. Repeat this method several times a day.
When hemorrhoids start to bleed, turn to one of the most popular drinks in the world. Position a used warm tea bag on the outside of the anus. For 10 to 15 minutes twice per day, firmly press the tea bag against the anus. The tannic acid found in the tea will help shrink swollen blood vessels, as well as treat the bleeding and itching of swollen tissue.
There are some that will tell you to eat three raw unprocessed almonds every day to prevent and treat hemorrhoids – chew each of the almonds about 50 times.