Can you think of something more awkward and troubling than hemorrhoids? Well, I can’t. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then let me give you a run on the basics.
A hemorrhoid is a body ailment which causes swelling and inflammation of your anus and lower rectum. Hemorrhoids are also commonly called piles. Hemorrhoids can be caused by obesity, pregnancy, irregular bowel movements, anal intercourse, constipation, and even sitting down for a long periods of time.
What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?
The signs and symptoms of having an internal and external hemorrhoid differ. The symptom for an internal hemorrhoid is usually found in the rectum and can be identified as hemorrhoids when there is bleeding through the anal opening. An external hemorrhoid on the other hand, can be identified when there is severe swelling and inflammation of the skin under your anus which itches and sometimes bleeds.
How do you treat hemorrhoids?
Lucky for you, there are several effectual ways of treating hemorrhoids, as it is a common ailment among the elderly. The two ways of treating hemorrhoids are through:
- Hemorrhoidectomy is the most effective treatment known for hemorrhoids. In this process, excessive tissue that causes the bleeding is taken off. Though this may be simplest treatment, healing from it takes time.
- Stapling otherwise called hemorrhoidectomy or stapled hemorrhoidopexy is a less painful and faster procedure that stops or obstructs the blood flow to the hemorrhoidal tissue.
But of course, the best cure is always prevention. In order for an occurring case of hemorrhoids not to worsen or even develop at all, I recommend that you abide by the following reliefs:
- Drink plenty of water. Drinking six to eight glasses is recommended and it definitely will not hurt you.
- Eat foods that are high in fiber such as vegetables and fruits. Fiber maintains your stool soft and prevents you from having strains that may cause hemorrhoids.
- Exercise. Yes, jog at least three times a week or move more. Take the stairs instead of going up the lift. Do stretches. Exercise loosens your muscles which reduces the burden on your veins.
- Avoid sitting for a long period of time or even standing for a long period of time. Doing this will be strenuous to your veins which will contract your anus.
- Don’t delay bowel movements. If you think you are on the go then go! Do not delay or keep it in until you’ve reached the next bus stop. If you keep on doing this, you’ll end up drying your stool which will make things harder for you.