Hemorrhoids are a painful and, often, debilitating condition. For many sufferers, the condition is commonly left untreated due to the embarrassment associated with hemorrhoid development. For these hemorrhoid sufferers, understanding what causes the hemorrhoid to develop, methods for preventing hemorrhoids from recurring and the alternative home method treatments, will provide for a better quality of life and relief of pain associated with hemorrhoid development without a visit to a doctor’s office.
Hemorrhoids are primarily attributed to constipation. Within the anus, a gathering of veins are present at the sphincter muscle. During periods of bowel movements, when constipation occurs, these veins become engourged with blood, enlarge, resulting in the development of a hemorrhoid exhibited as swollen tissue protruding from the anal sphincter. In addition to constipation, hemorrhoids are complicated further by the posture of the hemorrhoid sufferer wherein a prolonged upright position further adds to the pressure in and around in the anus, thereby increasing the bulging affect. Other rare conditions such as childbirth, extreme coughing and heavy lifting may also be the culprit in hemorrhoid development but, more often than not, the condition is attributed to constipation and prolonged sitting.
To prevent the development of hemorrhoids, a diet rich in fiber is generally recommended by healthcare professionals. Fiber is the dietary supplement which promotes healthy gastrointestinal activity and decreases the development of constipation. Additionally, for individuals who work in positions which require prolonged periods of sitting, frequent breaks, including short walks, are recommended every two hours so as to alleviate the pressure from the lower body. In addition to breaks at work and a diety high in fiber. Recommedations for periodic colon cleansing may be necessary to ensure toxins are released from the body, further evading the risk of developing hemorrhoids.
Treating hemorrhoids, at home, includes a variety of methods. While most sufferers are embarrassed by the onset of hemorrhoids, home care is often the approach taken. First, and foremost, the hemorrhoid sufferer should consider use of topical hemorrhoidal cream. Creams can be purchased over the counter and provide topic anesthetic affect so as to alleviate pain and decrease swelling. Additionally, the hemorrhoid sufferer should participate in regular walking exercise and, when sitting, use an inflatable “donut” pillow under the buttocks. Ibuprofen can be utilized as an additional anti-inflammatory measure.
What is important to remember is painful hemorrhoids are often a temporary symptom indicating the body is under distress and requires dietary modifications. With an increase in fiber intake, regular daily exercise, use of an inflatable donut and periodic colon cleansings, hemorrhoids can be avoided. However, in cases where hemorrhoid pain is not alleviated within three to four days, contact a healthcare professional for attention.
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