Treatment for hemorrhoids depends on the type and stage of the disease, but some lifestyle changes and home treatments can help relieve symptoms and cure mild piles.
If you’re reading this article, you probably have hemorrhoids and are looking for a solution. You may find it hard to talk about your problem because it’s a taboo subject. But you shouldn’t be embarrassed, because it’s very common in adults. 3 out of 4 people have or have had piles in their lives.
Do you have hemorrhoids? At 2Bme we recommend that you do not neglect them and treat them properly, in order to avoid complications and more pain. Hemorrhoids are uncomfortable and painful, but if you don’t treat them your problem can get worse.
To help you, in this article we are going to review the most effective natural treatments to cure external and internal hemorrhoids and alleviate their unpleasant symptoms.
What are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are swollen, varick-like veins found in the anus (external hemorrhoids) and the lower rectum (internal hemorrhoids).
Internal piles commonly do not cause discomfort and cannot be seen, but irritation or straining during bowel movements can cause them to bleed.
When hemorrhoids come out through the anus, it is called a “prolapsed hemorrhoid” or “protruding hemorrhoid,” causing pain and irritation.
External hemorrhoids are found under the skin that surrounds the anus. They can cause itching, irritation, and bleeding.
When a blood clot forms in external hemorrhoids, they are called “thrombotic hemorrhoids. This, in addition to painful, sometimes requires a small surgical intervention to drain the blood.
- Itching, irritation, or inflammation in the anus.
- Pain in the anus.
- Painless bleeding when you have a bowel movement.
- A lump near the anus, with or without pain.
Medical Tips for Relieving Hemorrhoids
Doctors generally don’t prescribe medications for mild piles, but they do offer some tips that can relieve symptoms of pain, swelling, or cure piles.
In addition to following these tips, you can use an over-the-counter topical medicine or prepare a natural remedy like the ones we recommend later in this article.
Take care of your anal cleansing
Take a daily immersion bath or shower and gently cleanse the skin around the anus with warm water. Dry with the towel without rubbing, tapping gently, or use a hair dryer with cold air.
Increase your fiber intake
Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Foods that contain plenty of fiber to improve intestinal transit, preventing you from having to strain when you have to have a bowel movement.
If you don’t eat fiber regularly, incorporate it into your diet slowly to avoid gas. Avoid eating too much wheat bran. When you eat a food that contains wheat bran, accompany it with plenty of water.
Drink more water
Drinking more water will help soften your stools, relieving the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Also, if you increase your fiber intake and don’t drink more water, your stools may harden, making your piles worse. Drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
Take sitz baths
Fill the bathtub or a container with warm water and submerge the anus area for 15 minutes, twice a day. Sitz baths, the grandmother’s remedy, are still recommended by doctors for the treatment of hemorrhoids.
Take analgesics for pain
If you feel pain, you can take painkillers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen (Caution: although these are available without a prescription, consult your doctor).
Use ice packs
To relieve swelling, you can use cold compresses or ice packs on piles.
Use wet wipes
Use alcohol-free, fragrance-free wet totelettes instead of dry toilet paper to avoid irritation.
Other tips for relieving hemorrhoids are:
- Do not eat very spicy or spicy foods.
- Do not lift too much weight.
- Do sport or some light physical activity.
- If you are overweight, lose a few pounds.
- Do not use force when going to the bathroom.
- Don’t wait, go every time you feel like evacuating.
Home Hemorrhoid Treatment Recipes
Generally, homemade hemorrhoid prescriptions work by stimulating blood circulation, reducing inflammation, relieving symptoms, and supporting the treatment of internal and external hemorrhoids.
This plant is a venous tonic that reduces the itching and burning of hemorrhoids. To prepare this recipe, infuse 2 grams of Hamamelis into 1 cup of boiling water and place in the refrigerator. Apply cold compresses to the piles.
Aloe vera relieves itching, burning and reduces inflammation. To do this, cut the aloe leaf, extract its gel and apply it over the area several times a day, after evacuating. It is advisable to use the bidet first to wash the area of the anus well.
Prepare an infusion of chamomile with flowers and dried leaves by boiling them for 15 minutes, let it cool and apply on the area of piles with a moistened cotton.
Crush 2 cloves of garlic, combine with 2 cups of water and boil for 30 minutes. Then let it cool down, filter the mixture and apply it to the piles in the form of compresses.
Take a tomato (the more ripe, the better), cut it in segments and apply it to your hemorrhoids doing a little pressure. Leave on for 15 minutes and gently wash the area with cold water.
A natural remedy for hemorrhoids is to cut the central part of the tuber flat (so as not to damage the rectum), place it in the anus and let it work all night long.
Bee products are highly recommended as home remedies for hemorrhoids. One of them consists of mixing propolis, lanolin, and vaseline, melting the components in a bain-marie, filtering the mixture, letting it cool and applying it as a homemade hemorrhoid cream.
Diet for the treatment of hemorrhoids
While the theory that some spicy foods may be the cause of hemorrhoids, this has not been proven. However, doctors agree that following a healthy diet rich in fiber and low in irritating foods can help relieve symptoms and help heal piles.
A proper diet also prevents the onset of hemorrhoids.
Spicy foods, smoked foods, and alcoholic beverages overload the blood vessels in the pelvis, which can cause hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids can be aggravated by frequent consumption of fatty and heavy foods, as well as foods that cause constipation.
- Fresh and dried fruits
- Vegetables (baked or steamed)
- Cereals (oats, barley, buckwheat)
- Bread (Slightly dry)
- Dairy products
- Pasta (in moderation)
- Low-fat meat
- Vegetable oils (hemp, flaxseed, walnut)
Foods NOT recommended
- Fatty foods
- Hot or spicy dishes
- Marinated products
- Canned food
- Tea and strong coffee
- Rice, potatoes
- White cabbage, radish, turnip
How to prevent hemorrhoids?
The best way to prevent hemorrhoids is to eat foods rich in fiber and avoid irritants or those that cause constipation, to facilitate the release of stool.
Exercise is also important, especially to avoid sedentary life and not sitting too long, as this increases the pressure on the veins of the anus.
Making too much force when you try to evacuate is one of the causes of your hemorrhoids. If you strain and hold your breath, a lot of pressure is generated on the veins of the anus, and that causes piles, or aggravation of them.
Finally, keep in mind that you always have to go to the bathroom when you need to. If you wait, the faeces may dry out, it will be more and more difficult for you to evacuate, and when you strain, unpleasant hemorrhoids will appear.
When should I see a doctor?
If your hemorrhoids don’t improve with medical advice or home prescriptions, if they bleed frequently or cause you pain, consult your doctor.
Bleeding is not only a symptom of hemorrhoids, so if it is present it is always advisable to consult a specialist, even if you know you suffer from piles.
If your stools change color or consistency, the bleeding could be due to a tear in another part of the digestive tract, or it could be a symptom of more serious diseases.
Although natural treatments for piles can be very effective, never stop consulting your family doctor, as he or she can advise you on the best hemorrhoid treatment for you.