Self Help Tips For Hemorrhoids Patients
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
While growing older has its benefits, it has various drawbacks too. One of its unlucky drawbacks is hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the outer rectum or anus and can be extremely painful turning every moment into a suffering.
Most common symptoms include rectal itching, pain, even bleeding or prolapse. Even though hemorrhoids can rarely be dangerous, they can be a painful experience. There are mostly two types of hemorrhoids. External develop on the outside on the anus itself, internal hemorrhoids sprout from within the rectum. Whichever the type, it causes pain and bleeding while passing the stool.
Therefore, we bring you some easy self-help measure that can ease the pain and stress of the most hemorrhoids to help in healing.
Increase Fiber Intake
The most important care tip is to increase your fiber intake with your diet. Some fruits are a great source of fiber. Adding fiber to your diet can help fight constipation and makes stools softer hence easier to pass. Your healthcare consultant might recommend a bulking agent like psyllium to increase your fiber intake.
Psyllium is a rich fiber supplement available at most of the local grocery and medical stores. Eating more fiber rich foods is another great solution. These are the two types of fibers:
Lubricate Your Intestines
- Insoluble fibers, which are the main ingredients in the bulking agents. They are also found in foods like wheat bran, fresh fruits and vegetables etc.
- Soluble fiber, which are found foods like oat bran. Even though insoluble fibers are good for you, they might not ease constipation as much as foods with insoluble fiber do.
Take a tablespoon of mineral oil with yogurt in breakfast to lubricate the intestines as well as the rectum. This helps the stool to pass by hemorrhoids more easily. Other oils like olive oil might also help as they serve as natural laxatives. They will also help pass the stool with ease.
When you feel the urge to go to the bathroom, do not wait, go immediately and you will have a more convenient time. Waiting too long to go when you need to can worsen the constipation, this will then aggravate the hemorrhoids.
Keep something under your feet to elevate them while you sit on the toilet. This changes the position of the rectum in a way that makes it easier for the stool to pass.
Sit in a Sitz
Sitz baths are something you need to do during hemorrhoids. Do not underestimate the relief that a sitz bath can offer you. You can use a basin that fits under the toilet seat. Then soak the effected (inflamed) area with warm water for a few minutes two to three times a day to relieve the pain and to help it recover quickly.
If you are seeking further help or believe it may be the sign of something more serious, feel free to contact us.
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