Hemorrhoids, also known as hemorrhoids, are lumps that are basically swollen veins in and around your anus. Painless bleeding with a bowel movement, an itchy anus, mucus in the stool, lumps in the anus are all warning signs that indicate its presence. Diet is an important factor in causing hemorrhoids to develop, as eating foods with less fiber and eating more fried stuff can lead to constipation, which increases the likelihood of hemorrhoids. Stress during bowel movements, obesity and pregnancy can also trigger hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids do not usually cause any other complications, except that chronic blood loss can cause anemia. They can also heal on their own, but it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle. (Also Read: Arthritis to Hemorrhoids; Lesser Known Health Benefits of Cannabis or Bhang Revealed by Ayurveda Expert)
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal canal. In their normal state, they act as a cushion to control bowel movements. They are swellings and swellings of blood vessels in the anorectal area and occur due to increased pressure in these localized blood vessels that develop due to prolonged constipation or straining during a bowel movement,” says Dr. Sajeet Nayar, MBBS, MS – General Surgery, graduate in Laparoscopy – Pristyn Care.
Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
Some of the symptoms of hemorrhoids include pain and bleeding in the anus, and most often a lump or swelling in this area means hemorrhoids are present. Itching and anal discharge are also common. However, early-stage hemorrhoids can be treated effectively at home.
Other symptoms are:
– bleeding from your rectum. It’s visible as bright red blood on stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl after a bowel movement
– Pain and/or discomfort when passing stools
Home remedies for hemorrhoids
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“Diet plays an important role in managing hemorrhoids. The amount of fiber, green vegetables, fruit and water in our diets has decreased. We also consume a lot of greasy and fried things. This nutritional imbalance makes digestion less efficient. Low water intake is an additional contributing factor to constipation. In winter we increase salts and fats in our diet. Coffee is another potential factor, as excessive coffee consumption can slow down bowel movements and make existing hemorrhoids worse. “We should aim to maintain a balance in our diet by regularly consuming high-fiber foods such as vegetables, whole grains and fruits, along with an adequate water intake,” says Dr. Nayar.
dr Nayar suggests some common home remedies that can help relieve hemorrhoid symptoms:
1. Warm Bath With Epsom Salts: Warm baths can help relieve irritation from hemorrhoids. Try a sitz bath — a small plastic tub that fits over a toilet seat so you can easily soak the affected area — or soak in a tub if you can.
2. Cold Compresses: Place ice packs or cold compresses on the anus to reduce swelling for 15 minutes at a time. For large, painful hemorrhoids, cold compresses can be an extremely effective treatment
3. Additions: Stool softeners or fiber supplements such as isabgol can help treat constipation, bulking up stool, softening stool, and facilitating pain-free bowel movements. These supplements come in the form of powders, capsules, and liquids that should be taken two to three times a day to help regulate bowel function and also relieve symptoms associated with hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are easy to treat and in many cases will go away on their own, but in very rare cases complications can occur. If home remedies don’t work after two weeks, it’s important to consult a surgeon. The doctor may recommend medications like creams, ointments, and suppositories for a week if it doesn’t calm down. If these treatments don’t work, surgery may be needed, as decided by the surgeon. It is important to consult a qualified surgeon and not quacks. Sometimes fistulas can be mistaken for hemorrhoids, so calm down and see a surgeon who can differentiate,” says Dr. Nayar.
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