Complete Treatment for: How To Get rid of Hemorrhoids
Look here for the latest and most accurate practical advice on how to rid of hemorrhoids. The vast majority of hemorrhoids are successfully eliminated with home treatment, which we've researched extensively for your benefit.
Two types of hemorrhoid treatment exist
Hemorrhoids affect a staggering number of people worldwide on an annual basis, but they're relatively easy to get rid of with the right tools. Whether internal or external, hemorrhoids are frequently a minor health problem most efficently dealt with at home with a wide variety of treatment options to choose from.
1) Treatments that offer relief from hemorrhoid symptoms, which address the pain, itchiness, burning and bleeding that frequently accompany active hemorrhoids.
2) Treatments that cure hemorrhoids by eliminating the core causes, found in this "Getting Rid of Hemorrhoids" section.
Because hemorrhoid symptom relief is such a huge topic, it has its own page. This page is devoted to curative treatments alone
Finding out how to get rid of hemorrhoids forever requires understanding their underlying causes
Understanding what causes hemorrhoids is absolutely necessary to getting rid of hemorrhoids for good.
A whole host of causes exist for hemorrhoid development, one or more of which you may be subject to. If you don't remove or negate these factors, hemorrhoids will just keep coming back again and again.
Step One: What are hemorrhoids anyway?
Blood-rich hemorrhoidal cushions are located in the anal canal, right above the anal sphincter, in every normal human body. These cushions are, of course, supplied by a high quantity of relatively large arteries and veins.
In the normal course of events, these cushions expand and contract both to assist with flexibility and with bowel control. As the cushions expand with blood or drain it to contract, so too do the surrounding veins expand and contract.
The veins that drain blood away from the hemorrhoidal cushions run down to the outside of the body, right around the anal sphincter, in order to gain gravity's assistance before going back up towards the heart.
Abdominal force causes these vessels to swell with blood that's being pushed down. If this force is too excessive, the blood vessels may get stretched beyond their capacity to contract and thereby develop into hemorrhoids.
Where does this excessive force come from?
Abdominal pressure comes from constipation, diarrhea, sitting, standing, toilet straining, pregnancy, or one of the gastrointestinal diseases. If any of these conditions go on for too long or are too forceful, hemorrhoids will probably develop.
If you have an ongoing health condition, such as pregnancy, Crohn's disease, or inflammatory bowel syndrome, then your hemorrhoids may not resolve until these underlying factors are fixed. Pregnancy, of course, eventually results in childbirth, at which time the hemorrhoids will probably go away as well but other disorders may require aggressive long-term management.
If you have one of these ongoing conditions and hemorrhoid cure is difficult, these treatments will still help get you much needed relief from hemorrhoids.
Successfully getting rid of hemorrhoids by removing their causes
Changing the way you sit on the toilet can help get rid of hemorrhoids:
Interestingly, most hemorrhoid sufferers hail from developed industrial and post-industrial countries and cultures.
A correlation can be drawn directly between a fiber-poor diet and hemorrhoids, but another correlation seems to be the sitting position demanded by modern toilets.
The population of non-industrialized countries and cultures often have to squat to toilet, echoing the toileting position of our ancestors for thousands of years. A squatting position lends the support of pelvic floor muscles to the hemorrhoidal cushions, decreasing stress and force on the blood vessels.
If you feel this may be helpful in treating your hemorrhoids, get a footstool to place your feet up on while toileting. If you enjoy a measure of relief and benefit from this, but believe that more would be better, squat toilets are available on the market to provide maximum muscular support.
Getting rid of hemorrhoids also makes light exercise a necessity:
In addition, if your occupation involves a lot of sitting or standing, do be sure to get up and take a brisk walk around at least every two hours, in addition to working light exercise for twenty to thirty minutes into your routine two to three times per week.
If your lifestyle features frequent sitting or standing, you need to get up and take a brisk, five-minute walk around about every two hours. In addition to this basic break schedule, a regimen of walking for twenty to thirty minutes at a time, three times per week will also help address underlying causes of hemorrhoids
The act of walking makes the blood vessels in the area circulate blood more quickly, thus relieving built up pressure and increasing oxygen to the area. In addition, it's one of the safest, cheapest, and most efficient methods of getting exercise, requiring only a place to walk and a decent pair of shoes.
Hemorrhoid elimination does come with dietary guidelines:
Understanding the role of dietary fiber is essential to any long-term hemorrhoid cure
Changing one's eating habits to a hemorrhoid-reducing diet, to include sufficient daily fiber intake, is vital for anyone trying to get rid of hemorrhoids.
Any well balanced, nutritional diet should include between twenty to thirty grams of fiber per day. This level of fiber is necessary to keep the intestinal system working optimally.
Fiber has no nutritional value in and of itself. It does not give you any proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins or minerals. However, it does function as both intestinal cleaner and toner by scrubbing out intestinal accumulations and providing enough resistance for intestinal smooth muscle to work properly.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans all serve as sources of fiber, in addition to providing balanced nutritional content. If these foods are new to your diet, introduce them one at a time. A schedule involving one new, fiber rich food per week is about right. If you try to change your diet any faster, the bloating, gas, and internal discomfort will be quite intense. Don't give yourself aversion therapy by trying too much of a good thing all at once!
If you just can't get sufficient fiber by eating these foods, psyllium seed and flax seed husks both offer supplement options. Both of these are purely fiber, no medication involved. They come in several forms, including powder, pill and wafer. The directions for supplements usually state that you need to drink a glass of pure water along with the supplement. This is a necessity and should not be skipped.
To permanently rid yourself of hemorrhoids, you'll need to implement some permanent lifestyle changes. Remember that a new diet will not be temporary and make sure that it's one that you can enjoy.
Water: An essential addition for a hemorrhoid cure
Increasing your water intake up to the optimal level is required in addition to diet and exercise, at least if you hope to get rid of hemorrhoids instead of inflaming them.
The average human body requires at least sixty-four ounces of water per day, broken up into eight servings over twenty-four hours. That comes out to eight ounces per serving. All of that water is required to keep everything lubricated and bodily fluids up. Because the human body requires so much water, the intestinal tract is extremely good at siphoning it out of your food. If you don't drink enough water with a fiber-rich diet, all of that fiber will turn into what feels like rock. Trying to pass rock-like stools past already inflamed hemorrhoids is both a painful and damaging prospect.
However, fiber naturally absorbs water when and where it can, so by drinking sufficient water your intestines will form loose, bulky, easy to pass stools. When both constipation and diarrhea stop, frequently hemorrhoids do as well.
When trying to drink more water, it is also advantageous to reduce caffeine and alcohol consumption. Both caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which means they cause your kidneys to filter out more water from your system and can actually end up dehydrating you.
Use bioflavnoids to help treat hemorrhoids
Bioflavonoids are circulation-stimulating nutrients found in blueberries, cherries, cranberries and other highly colored fruits and vegetables. Because hemorrhoids are actually a disorder of the circulatory system that just happens to show up in the anal area, these bioflavonoids help hemorrhoids by increasing circulation and vascular muscle tone. Including these fruits and vegetables in your diet therefore offers you a double treatment, both fiber and bioflavonoids at the same time.
What to do if nothing else works, or if your hemorrhoids get complicated
Thrombosed, prolapsed, or strangulated hemorrhoids mean that a doctor's visit is in order, and you may need to consider surgical treatments.
Thrombosed hemorrhoids are hemorrhoids that have developed an internal blood clot. They usually swell up terribly, cause a great deal of pain and change color to a bluish, purplish or black tinge. The blood clot has become trapped inside the hemorrhoid and is blocking the blood flow within the hemorrhoidal tissue, which means that waste products are building up inside the hemorrhoid instead of being carried away properly.
Prolapsed hemorrhoids are internal hemorrhoids that have grown sufficiently large to protrude from the anal sphincter. These vary in severity from hemorrhoids which only protrude during bowel movements and retract on their own to hemorrhoids which hang out of the anal sphincter all the time, not staying in even when pushed.
Strangulated hemorrhoids are prolapsed internal hemorrhoids that have had their blood supply cut off by a muscular spasm of the anal sphincter. Because the blood flow is either extremely limited or non-existent, a strangulated hemriod will probably develop a thrombosis, gangrene, or both within a relatively short period of time.
If any of these conditions should arise, a number of surgical treatment options are available such as rubber band ligation, involving a small latex band placed around the hemorrhoid till it falls off. The most extreme form of surgery for complicated hemorrhoids is hemorrhoidectomy, and many options fall in between.
Discuss all surgical options with your doctor to decide which is the best treatment method for you.
Those are the methods for permanently getting rid of hemorrhoids
Keeping all of that in mind, current medical wisdom clearly states that the vast majority of hemorrhoids are best treated at home with lifestyle changes. Put these suggestions into practice, and your hemorrhoids should soon be an easily forgotten memory.
Current medical wisdom clearly states that, unless hemorrhoids are complicated, most of them are most efficiently treated at home by way of lifestyle changes. By using these suggestions and common sense, your hemorrhoids should soon be a thing of the past.
Research and main write by Loni L. Ice, editing and additional writing by D. S. Urquhart.
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