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Is Piles Being a Literal Pain in Your Butt?

Hemorrhoids (piles) are swollen veins in the rectum and anus. Causes include pregnancy, obesity, diarrhea, low-fiber diet, and prolonged sitting on the toilet. Treatment varies depending upon the severity of the hemorrhoids. Some treatment options include over-the-counter creams and suppositories, stool softeners, warm sitz baths, and hemorrhoidectomies.

Your primary care physician can diagnose and treat hemorrhoids. They can write prescriptions for medicated creams, ointments, and suppositories. If these treatments don’t work, they may recommend treatments like rubber band litigation or surgery to remove the hemorrhoids. You should also make an appointment to see your doctor right away if you notice rectal bleeding for the first time or if your rectal bleeding increases.

When you bring up the subject of piles, people often feel embarrassed to talk about it. But if you just ignore the problem, it will blow up and become worse and the pain may become unbearable. The good news is that you can treat it naturally at home. Hemorrhoids are typically easy to treat and clear up on their own.

Eating a high-fiber diet can help make stools softer and easier to pass, reducing the urge to strain during bowel movements. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.

People can support the healing of the hemorrhoids by wearing loose-fitting, breathable, cotton underwear and pants. This can help prevent the area surrounding the hemorrhoids from becoming irritated by excess sweat, and help reduce symptoms.

Coconut oil, which is easily available is a natural moisturizer, which may also help with hemorrhoid symptoms. Applying coconut oil may reduce the irritation and swelling, and it may also help reduce the urge to scratch.

Aloe may provide relief from the burning, itching, and swelling caused by hemorrhoids when applied to the anus. Organicis very important, as additives and preservatives can make symptoms worse.

Keep it clean and leave out your daily shower for some bath time if you can, so that you can soak the anal area with warm water. Don’t use soap or alcohol-based or perfumed wipes, which could make hemorrhoids worse (don’t worry, a warm soak will still get you clean).

Avoid sitting too much if you have a desk job, walk around for five minutes at least once an hour to relieve the rectal pressure that causes hemorrhoids. At the gym, avoid stationary bikes and squats, both of which can apply that same pressure.

Drink at least eight to ten glasses of water a day!!

Treatment varies depending upon the severity of the hemorrhoids. Other treatment options include over-the-counter creams and suppositories, stool softeners, warm sitz baths, and hemorrhoidectomies.

When patients are intolerant or unresponsive to all non-surgical treatments, surgery becomes necessary.

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