Hemorrhoids or piles are swollen and irritated veins. They subside in a couple of weeks at their own as the body has its own healing power. You do not need to visit a doctor every time you experience swollen piles. In case swelling and irritation persists or increases, you can use home remedies for piles to ease the symptoms.
Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
The typical hemorrhoid symptoms are –
- You will feel pain and irritation around the anus.
- Burning sensation in and around the anus
- The area around the anus is swollen and irritated.
- Pain during bowel movements
- Difficulty in sitting
How to Deal with Piles/hemorrhoid
In order to get relief you cannot apply anything on or near piles because it may increase the inflammation and irritation. People use witch hazel on the external piles to get some relief. Natural witch hazel works by shrinking the tissues, it is also an astringent. A research was published in the Journal of Inflammation, which revealed that witch hazel has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. It is a good antioxidant and can reduce bruising up to a certain extent.
Take a cotton ball and add witch hazel to it, then dab it on your piles, this will give relief from your symptoms. It is advised not to dilute witch hazel with alcohol before applying because it can irritate the hemorrhoids.
Taking a sitz bath is recommended to reduce the swelling of piles. Take a plastic tub, fill it with warm water and submerge the affected part in this. A sitz bath can also be done in the bathtub. Sit in the bathtub and fill a small amount of water into it, which is enough to cover your legs.
Warm water therapy is effective in reducing the swelling. You can add Espom salt or apple cider vinegar to enhance its curative effect. Many people apply apple cider vinegar directly on the piles; this may cause irritation even more.
You can apply coconut oil directly on the piles. This will reduce the irritation and urge to scratch.
Aloe Vera is beneficial in treating a variety of issues. A BioMed Research International study showed that this plant has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. It is also helpful in healing the wounds.
Applying aloe to the anus will reduce swelling, burning and itching. You need to be sure about the purity of aloe vera because the presence of preservatives or additives can worsen the symptoms.
Applying ice packs will reduce pain and inflammation significantly. You can apply an ice pack while seated, cold pack will numb the area and you will feel less pain.
Over the counter medications
In case, there is no relief by home remedies and the problem is worsening. You can opt for over the counter medicines. Anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and acetaminophen; Hydrocortisone creams or similar types of creams will also give some relief.
Making certain changes in your lifestyle and incorporating healthy habits will minimize the risk of developing hemorrhoids.
The Importance of Liquids
A study report in The Permanente Journal revealed that most anal problems are because of the lack of liquid intake. Drinking a good amount of liquid will contribute in keeping the stool soft. It will easily pass through the intestines. You will stay away from constipation, which is responsible for hemorrhoids. Soft stools pass easily without causing irritation to the hemorrhoids.
Fiber Rich Diet
A good amount of fiber in your diet will regulate the bowel movements and will keep your digestion proper. Fiber in your diet will absorb water, this will make your stool soft and it will pass easily.
Correct Bathroom Habits
A couple of things will help you to avoid hemorrhoids. Remember, whenever you are visiting a toilet, do not force a bowel movement. If you have constipation, then straining will deteriorate the condition. If after sitting for two minutes, you cannot pass the stool, then it is advised to get up and try again later when you have the urge.
Your body will adjust to the schedule you follow, sit on the throne at the same time every day. It is better if you do it before breakfast, but you can also do it after breakfast or meal when there is much pressure.
The best time to answer nature’s call is when there is an urge and your body needs a bowel movement. Delay in defecating will dry your stool and make the defecating process difficult.
Things to Avoid
Hemorrhoids are sensitive and you need to take extra care while treating them at home. You have to avoid perfumed toilet papers and stay away washing the piles with soap because after drying, it may cause irritation.
When to See a Doctor
If you do not find any improvement by home remedies and there is blood in the stool, it is imperative to consult a doctor. Your doctor will check it and ensure that it is not a serious condition. In case you have dizziness or fainting along with bloody stool, then take medical help immediately. This may be a sign of a serious disorder.