Natural ways to treat Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are masses, clumps, cushions of tissue in the anal canal – they are full of blood vessels, support tissue, muscle and elastic fibers. Although hemorrhoids are thought of as unpleasant inflammations, we all have them.1 It is when the hemorrhoidal cushions become too big (inflamed) that problems occur – when this happens they are called piles or pathological hemorrhoids.
“Piles” are the swollen ones that are painful and cause problems, hemorrhoids can refer to the swollen ones or simply the normal structure.
Piles can be of various sizes and may be internal or external ones. Typically, internal piles occur from 2 to 4cm above the opening of the anus. External piles occur on the outside edge of the anus. The internal ones are much more common.
Internal hemorrhoids :
They are classified into four grades:
Grade 1 :
there are small inflammations, usually inside the lining of the anus. They are not visible.
Grade 2 :
larger than Grade 1 hemorrhoids, and also inside the anus. When passing a stool they may get pushed out, but soon return.
Grade 3 :
often called ‘prolapsed hemorrhoids’; these appear outside the anus. The patient may feel them hanging out. They can be pushed back in if the patient presses with his/her finger.
Grade 4 :
these cannot be pushed back in and need to be treated by a doctor. They are large and stay outside the anus all the time.
External hemorrhoids called perianal hematoma. These are small lumps that are located on the outside edge of the anus. They are extremely itchy and can be painful if a blood clot forms inside. Thrombosed external hemorrhoid requires medical treatment straight away.
What are the signs and symptoms of piles?
A symptom is something the patient feels and describes, such as a pain, while a sign is something everybody can see, such as a rash.
A hard lump may be felt around the anus. It consists of coagulated blood, called a thrombosed external hemorrhoid. This can be extremely painful.
After going to the toilet, a feeling that the bowels are still full.
Bright red blood after a bowel movement.
Itchiness in the anus area.
Mucus discharge when emptying the bowels.
Pain while defecating.
The anus area may be red and sore.
When passing a stool the person may strain excessively.
Why do piles occur?
The blood vessels around the anus and in the rectum will stretch under pressure and may swell or bulge. Inflamed veins (hemorrhoids) can develop when pressure increases in the lower rectum. This may be due to:
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic diarrhea
- Lifting heavy weights
- Straining when passing a stool
- The tendency to develop hemorrhoids may also be inherited. The risk of developing piles grows with age
What are the treatment options for piles?
In the majority of cases, piles resolve on their own without the need for any treatment. Treatments can help significantly reduce the discomfort and itching that many patients experience.
Diet : piles can be caused by too much straining when doing bowel movements, which is the result of constipation. A change in diet can help keep the stools regular and soft. This involves eating more fiber, such as fruit and vegetables, or even switching your cereal breakfast to bran.
Body weight : if the patient is obese, losing weight may help reduce the incidence and severity of hemorrhoids.
Sedentary Lifestyle: Sitting in a particular posture for long hours without movement can also lead to the development of piles.
Avoid eating foods that are hard to digest:Since piles tend to form due to increased pressure on the rectal walls, eat foods that are light and easy to pass as stools. You can increase the intake of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables.
Exercise:Moderate exercise not only just helps treat piles, but also prevents many other lifestyle related disorders.
Eat foods that improve digestion: If you have a weak digestive system, add probiotic-rich foods to your diet.
Drink More Water:A dehydrated body can cause the stools to become hard, making them difficult to pass; drinking more water can make passing stools easier.
Don’t scratch: You could damage the skin and make the irritation — and the itching worse.
Choose cotton: Wear loose, soft underwear. It keeps the area aired out and stops moisture from building up, which can bother your hemorrhoids.
Rub on relief:Over-the-counter wipes or creams with witch hazel can soothe pain and itch with no side effects. Don’t use one with hydrocortisone for more than a week unless your doctor says.
Ice :Put a small cold pack on the trouble spot several times a day. It can dull pain and bring down the swelling for a little while.
Don’t fight the urge:When you have to go then go, this is one of the simplest ways to prevent hemorrhoids. “Ignoring Mother Nature has its risk, and hemorrhoids are one of them, if you obey your body when it screams at you; when you wait until you decide you have the time to move your bowels, success will be far more elusive.
Lemon juice:When you get piles your blood vessels and capillaries are weak. Lemon juice helps to give you relief through many nutrients it contains. You can squeeze half lemon in cup of warm water and drink it. Repeat this every three hours so that you can get rid of piles naturally.
Olive oil:Blood vessels need elasticity to cure piles. Olive oil is best option as it contains antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties to reduce inflammation in the anus. You can consume one teaspoon of olive oil daily to get rid of piles.