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Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Hemorrhoids
By Raymond Lee
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Lots of things such as bills, bosses, parking tickets are a pain in the butt. But having a hemorrhoid is really just a varicose vein that sprouts where the sun don’t shine. Are you likely to get them? Well, people who have chronic constipation or who habitually strain to move their bowels are susceptible. So are pregnant women, as the expanding uterus compresses the veins and obstructs the return of blood from the rectum. But they are so common that you may not be able to identify a specific cause. Sometimes you do not even know that you have hemorrrhoids. But in many cases, they refuse to be ignored, causing symptoms such as itching, bleeding, and pain. Here are some tips that you can consider to adopt for pain-relief.
- Exercise – But Not Too Hard
You should avoid activities that put a strain on hemorrhoids such as lifting weights or cycling. It is recommended to do swimming. You can resume your usual exercise routine once the flare-up is over. Regular exercise can help prevent hemorrhoids by helping to regulate your bowel movements.
- Do Some Serious Guzzling
The harder your stool, the harder you have to push, which can aggravate hemorrhoids. Water is cheaper than a stool softener, and it is just as effective. It is recommended to try to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. But if water does not help, try a mild, over-the-counter stool softener. If you are salt sensitive and you have high blood pressure, just make sure that the softener you choose does not contain sodium.
- Sit In A Sitz Bath
Sit in a tub filled with 6 to 8 inches of warm water for 10 minutes, three times a day. Add 1 cup of Epsom salts if you wish. It can help reduce the swelling and can be quite soothing.
- Reach For A Tube Of Relief
For temporary relief, apply a non-prescription haemorrhoid preparation. Both ointments and suppositories are quite effective. No need to spend a bundle on these salves. However, most of them are based on a similar formula, so you can get the generic brand rather than name-brand ointment. You can also use plain old non-medicated petroleum jelly.
- Eat More Fiber
To keep your stool soft, consume a high-fiber diet, especially during a flare-up. It is recommended eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less red meat and cheese.
- Wipe Gingerly
It is recommended to wipe with moistened toilet paper, which is less abrasive. And wipe gently. Rough toilet hygiene can irritate a hemorrhoid. Also avoid using scented or colored toilet paper, which contains chemicals that may irritate hemorrhoids.
- Try A Pain-Relieving Pad
It is recommended to apply a hemorrhoid ointment or cream directly to the hemorrhoid, then cover the area with a sanitary napkin that has been soaked in Epsom salts. To make sure that the pad stays in place, attach it to your underwear. Or try the medicated pads such as Tucks for hemorrhoids. They serve the same purpose.
Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit http://www.bodyfixes.com for more information.
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Article Submitted On: December 11, 2007