Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Home Remedy for Hemorrhoids

This specific condition referred to varicosities or swelling and inflammation of veins in the rectum and anus.

Hemorrhoids are cushions of tissue filled with blood vessels at the junction of the rectum and the anus.

Two Types of Hemorrhoids

Internal – develops inside the rectum and may cause bleeding after a bowel movement, but otherwise have no symptoms because there are no pain sensors in the rectum.

External - develops around the anal opening and can be painful and fragile, bleeding easily after a bowel movement or when wiped with toilet tissue.

A primary cause of hemorrhoids can be straining during a bowel movement, because it puts excess pressure on the veins in the anus and rectum.

Other contributing factors may include, obesity, pregnancy, and sitting or standing for long periods of time.

The tendency to acquire hemorrhoids increases with age and appears to run in families.

Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids are:

  • Spot of blood in the stool or on the toilet paper after wiping
  • Incomplete bowel movements
  • Itching in the rectal area
  • Soft lump at the anal opening
  • habitually straining (due to constipation)

Causes of Hemorrhoids
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Anal intercourse
  • Anal or rectal infection

A cause of hemorrhoids is excessive stress and pressure on rectal veins. Some individual has genetic issues with weak vein walls/valves

High straining every bowel movement, due to constipation or diarrhea, can lead to hemorrhoids. It is also a common condition due to constipation caused by water retention in women experiencing premenstrual syndrome or menstruation.

Hypertension, specifically in the portal vein can also lead to hemorrhoids because of the connections between the portal vein and the vena cava that occur in the rectal wall — known as portocaval anastomoses.

Obesity can also be a factor by increasing rectal vein pressure. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause hemorrhoids. Poor muscle tone or poor posture can result increased pressure on the rectal veins.

Pregnancy causes hypertension and increases strain during bowel movements, so hemorrhoids are often associated with pregnancy.

Excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine can cause hemorrhoids. The said substances can cause diarrhea. Caffeine can cause general hypertension. Alcohol can also cause alcoholic liver disease leading to portal hypertension

Treatments of Hemorrhoids
Warm tub baths:

Do this several times a day in plain, warm water for about 10 minutes

Ice packs:

To help reduce pain and swelling, apply 15-20 minutes and then rest for 10-15 minutes.

Petroleum jelly:

Apply in affected area to lessen irritation

Pepper cream:

Apply to affected area to lessen pain

Fresh lime juice and olive oil:

Mix and use as topical agent to the affected area

Butcher's broom:

Boil a teaspoonful in water 10 to 15 minutes to be taken orally like a tea (add some honey to lessen the bitter taste)

Horse Chestnut:

Can be taken as a tea or in capsule form. It can also be applied externally as a compress

Witch hazel:

In cream form as topical agent apply to the affected area

Aloe Gel:

Apply topically to relieve pain and swelling.

Calendula:

Cream for topical use or make a strong infusion and use in a warm bath. It relieves pain and inflammation.

Horsetail:

Boil and use as tea, it helps stop bleeding of external hemorroids.

Cranberries:

Blend 3-4 tbsp of raw cranberries, wrap in a cloth and put it you anus, replace after an hour, apply twice a day continue the next day if necessary


Other Treatments and Prevention
  • Lose weight, if overweight.
  • Wear cotton underwear
  • Exercise the buttocks muscles.
  • Avoid using rough toilet paper.
  • Practice good personal hygiene.
  • Keep the anal area clean
  • Eat between 25 and 30 grams of fiber a day.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Drinking chamomile tea several times a day.
  • Increase your amount of daily physical activity.
  • Use the squatting position for bowel movements.
  • Eat more fruits everyday to help lessen conditions that lead to hemorrhoids.

Cleaning the anus area after each bowel movement by patting gently with moist toilet paper or soft pads

Eating fiber-rich bulking agents (e.g plantain and Psyllium) seed husks to help create a softer stool that is easier to pass, also to lessen the irritation if there's existing hemorrhoids.

Sleeping overnight with raised legs helps reduce or completely eliminate especially external hemorrhoids.

Add stool softeners or laxatives to diet. Consult with the doctor regarding the prolonged use of stool softeners and laxatives.

Change bowel habits. Respond to the urge to defecate and stay relaxed to avoid straining.


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