Effective Ways to Treat Hemorrhoids

By: lazaraus
Hemorrhoids are large inflamed blood vessels in or outside the anus or rectum. It's a highly common condition, which affects around 75% of people at some stage in their lives. Hemorrhoids usually occur in older people from 45 to 65 years of age, however younger people are not immune.

Although hemorrhoids are not dangerous, the symptoms can be very unpleasant. Symptoms include anal pain, itching, irritation, swelling and you may even form a lump.

Symptoms usually last around a week but wouldn't it be great to prevent or at least treat symptoms using natural methods? If you're interested, read on and discover several natural ways to treat hemorrhoids.

Change your diet
A major method treating hemorrhoids is by changing your diet. Food is responsible for many symptoms we experience and the same applies with hemorrhoids. The first thing to do is make sure you're drinking at least 6 glasses of water per day. You can also increase the amount of fiber in your diet. Both of these methods will reduce pressure in your blood vessels and help them in not becoming irritated. The extra fiber will also reduce bleeding.

Exercise
Regular exercise cannot only be helpful towards hemorrhoids, but can improve your health in many other ways. Exercising increases the strength of your veins, which if they are too weak can result in hemorrhoids.

Warm Bath
One of the simpler yet highly effective methods of hemorrhoid treatment is soaking the affected area in a warm bath for about 10 minutes. Doing this will not only reduce itching and pain, but will also reduce the size of the hemorrhoids.

Creams
There are various over the counter and prescription based hemorrhoid creams and ointments available. Hemorrhoid cream acts as a lubricant, which can ease any pain and irritation you are experiencing. Depending on the type of cream, there are some that can reduce bleeding, itchiness and swelling. It's important you have a consultation with your doctor before trying any creams; you may find you are allergic to some hemorrhoid creams, which will worsen your symptoms.

Herbal Solutions
Found in various supplements and fruit based liquids are natural hemorrhoid solutions. They are available over the counter at many drug stores and can be very effective depending on the solution. Herbal solutions will reduce pressure and pain, cure you from hemorrhoids or do absolutely nothing but give you mild side effects. You are taking a gamble when purchasing these products, but some of them do work, hopefully you are one of the lucky ones who will be cured using them.

Horse Chestnut
Found in forms of capsule or tea, horse chestnut is a traditional solution to treating hemorrhoids. Horse chestnut eases irritation, inflammation, swelling and also strengthens your blood vessel walls. Only certain parts of the plant can be used such as the bark and seeds, the rest is poisonous. Although uncommon, some side effects are known to occur such as bruising, bleeding, liver damage and kidney damage.

One of the more drastic steps in treating hemorrhoids is via surgery. Although it certainly is an option, it would be unwise not to try out the more natural methods first, and besides why put yourself through potentially unnecessary pain.
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