Hemorrhoids are swollen veins within and around the rectum or anal canal. A whole lot of people suffer from discomfort, itching, rectal bleeding, and severe pains which occur as a result of hemorrhoids.
Types and Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are broadly categorized into two which are internal and external hemorrhoids.
Internal hemorrhoids cannot be seen neither can they be felt as they are far inside the lining of the rectum.
It is often associated with painless rectal bleeding and anal tissue prolapse (hemorrhoidal tissue that may bulge out during bowel movement)
This anal tissue prolapse is of various degrees. Some will bulge out and go back inside on their own, others will need to be pushed back inside while the last degree of anal tissue prolapse cannot be pushed back in by the patient and as a result it causes severe pains.
Other symptoms that characterize the presence of internal hemorrhoids apart from anal tissue prolapse includes,
- Bright red blood stains on wipes, toilet bowl or even on the stool itself,
- Mucus discharge
- Feeling of incomplete bowel movement or that stool is stuck in the anus
- Difficulty in cleaning properly after bowel movement.
External hemorrhoids are visible. They occur spontaneously often after straining outside the anus as painful lumps with bluish color.
Other symptoms associated with external hemorrhoids include swelling, constant severe pain, pressure and discomfort.
Causes of Hemorrhoids
Increased pressure in the abdomen which is transferred to the anal region is assumed as the underlying cause of hemorrhoids. Factors causing the increased pressure are: pregnancy, diarrhea, constipation, straining during bowel movement etc.
The first line of action in getting rid of hemorrhoids is dietary and lifestyle changes so as to regulate your bowel movement.
The major changes has to be increased fiber in diet (taking more of fruits, vegetables and whole grains), taking fiber supplements, drinking of plenty fluid (especially water since caffeinated drinks and alcohol tends to be dehydrating ) between 8 to 10 glasses of water daily, and engaging in regular exercise.
This aforementioned lifestyle changes will soften the stool and increase its bulk thereby preventing problem in the anal area.
Apart from eating foods rich in fiber, drinking plenty water and exercising, here are some other things to relieve hemorrhoids symptoms.
Stop using toilet papers and use wet unscented wipes instead
Wear loose clothing and cotton underwear
Apply cold compress and ice on the hemorrhoids to relieve swelling after which you should apply heat on it.
Take Sitz bath twice and go to bed immediately afterwards: Sitz bath is a kind of bath in which you fill the tub up to your hips with warm water and sit for about 20 minutes. This bath often relieve pain and itching in your bottom and around the genitals. It can also be used frequently for personal hygiene. After the bath, go to bed as this will eliminate extra pressure on the hemorrhoids which can be caused by walking or sitting.
Herbal Remedies to Relieve Hemorrhoids Symptoms
Pawpaw Root Juice
Get some pawpaw roots, cut it into pieces, rinse properly and boil in water. Strain off the boiled water and drink half a glass daily for 7 days.
This plant is well known for its therapeutic and anti-inflammatory properties making it suitable for hemorrhoids treatment.
All you need to do is to get an aloe vera leaf, cut and remove the outer hard layer, refrigerate the inner soft layer and apply it cold on it to relieve hemorrhoids symptoms
This outstanding remedy to remove dark circles under the eyes can also be used to relieve hemorrhoids permanently simply because it is packed with antioxidants and nutrients that strengthens the capillaries and blood vessel walls.
The direction for use is to soak cotton balls in juice from one or two lemon then apply on the affected parts. Initially there might be tingling and burning sensation, you should however be relieved after few minutes.
Potatoes are wonderful plant which quickly relieve hemorrhoids symptoms.
Boil two potatoes for about 10 minutes, eat the half boiled potato with peels inclusive, repeat every night for five days to see great improvement.
Just like potatoes, witch hazel has astringent properties making it suitable for getting rid of hemorrhoids.
Soak cotton balls in an undistilled witch hazel extract and dab it gently on the hemorrhoids 3 times on daily basis till you are relieved.
Other herbal remedies for hemorrhoids include
Bitter Gourd leaves
Essential oils such as coconut, almond and olive oil.