OK so we are going to talk haemorrhoids, piles, farmer giles, call them what you will.
For some reason haemorrhoids often raise a giggle when mentioned but to any person who has experienced them it is no laughing matter.
#StayingHome during the current crisis could result in a range of health issues not least this uncomfortable health problem. Over the counter treatments may not be easily available just now meaning looking after yourself is vital.
Haemorrhoids can be a painful and embarrassing condition. Before starting any course of treatment though, be it natural or not, a correct diagnosis is essential. Consult your health-care professional for confirmation of this condition if possible.
If you have haemorrhoids there are quite a few treatments available. Although surgery is an option this is usually the last resort. Haemorrhoids can be successfully managed and may never need such drastic measures.
Regular bathing is important if you have haemorrhoids. Cleanliness is essential, however you may find that perfumed soaps make your condition worse. Bathe the affected area in warm water a few times a day, or at least until your hemorrhoids are under control. Make sure that you dry the area around your rectum thoroughly but gently.
One of the best ways to prevent haemorrhoids or help treat them is to eat a good diet. You will need a diet that is rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, high in fibre, low in processed foods and generally well balanced. Include plenty of fluids, such as water, in your diet as this will make your stools easier to pass.
Treat external haemorrhoids with ice to reduce any swelling
Make yourself an ice-pack. Apply this to the hemorrhoids to help reduce any swelling. Ensure that there is sufficient material between you and the ice to prevent ice burns but a thin enough material for the ice to work.
Over the counter haemorrhoid preparations
Chemists and pharmacists sell over the counter hemorrhoid preparations. For external hemorrhoids there are creams and for internal hemorrhoids there are suppositories. Many of the creams can be used in both situations. For some people the hemorrhoids can be both external and internal.
There is no need to be embarrassed about asking for such items as hemorrhoids are a common condition, especially in the western world. If you feel embarrassed check out the pharmacy aisle of your local supermarket. Many of these hemorrhoid preparations can be found there. This means that you can simply pop the item into your shopping trolley without asking an assistant.
Loose, cotton clothing around the affected area will be the best option. Select underwear that is loose and not restrictive. At least until the hemorrhoids subside, stay clear of thongs, control panties and very tight jeans. Aim to wear clothing that allows some air flow and is made of a cool, breathable material.
Natural treatments and remedies
Consult your local health store for details about natural treatments for haemorrhoids.
These products may be in pill or cream form, although some may be available to make into a tea infusion.
There are various homeopathic treatments available if you prefer to try such treatments.
As haemorrhoids are inflamed veins, getting plenty of exercise should help. A good level of exercise can certainly help prevent haemorrhoids. As part of treating existing haemorrhoids an increased level of exercise completes the treatment plan.
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