Handy Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids-Piles

Aug/02/2021 / by Abhijit Masih
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While it may be funny for some, it is most definitely a pain, in the most literal sense of the word, for the people suffering from Hemorrhoid or Piles. Any little complexity or abnormal functioning in the nether regions, for some reason elicits a laugh for the others, while an embarrassment for the person suffering from the affliction. Fortunately, there are some simple home remedies that come in clutch.

Hemorrhoids or Piles can be of varying degrees and can range from a mild discomfort to excruciating pain.  If you are looking for home remedies for your hemorrhoids, read on and take note.

What are Hemorrhoids or “piles?”

They are basically enlarged vascular cushions within the anal canal that have been from time immemorial been part of a surgeon’s workload. The exact percentage of people suffering from this discomfort is hard to ascertain or estimate as many people, understandably are reluctant to seek medical advice.

These vascular cushions are supported within the anal canal by a connective tissue framework. As an effect of ageing, these cushions tend to weaken or fragment the supporting tissues. Also due to constipation and the passage of hard stool it produces additional force on the cushions, leading to their descent and prolapse. The other causes may arise from by straining on the toilet, inadequate fiber intake, prolonged time in the washroom, and also as a result of pregnancy. The bleeding that occurs from the prolapsed hemorrhoid occurs as a result of localized trauma or inflammation, which damages the underlying blood vessels.

The different types and grade of Hemorrhoids:

  • First degree: They bleed but do not prolapse
  • Second degree: Prolapse but reduce on their own
  • Third degree: Prolapse and can be reduced manually
  • Fourth degree: permanently prolapsed and cannot be reduced

While there are medical procedures and assistance and surgery that can help with the cure of piles but many people prefer to rely on home remedies for hemorrhoids and natural cures for piles to ease them of their pain and suffering.

The most important thing when you start natural hemorrhoids treatment is to make lifestyle modifications such as improving anal hygiene, taking sitz baths, increasing fluid intake, relieving constipation, and avoiding the habit of straining are essential examples of primary care and may help in the treatment and prevention of hemorrhoids.

Natural hemorrhoids treatment at Home:

You do not have to go to the ER if you suffer from the First, Second or even the Third grade of Hemorrhoids. There a lot of things that you could probably do at home to find relief. Below mentioned are many of the home remedies for hemorrhoids that have proven to show effective results. Some of these tips will also help in easing constipation which is the main cause of Hemorrhoids.

Natural remedies for hemorrhoids for relief from Pain and itching:

Warm baths

Fill a tub a tub with a few inches of warm water and soaking in it is one the most basic home remedies for piles. Soak your butt in it 3-4 times a day, particularly after pooping. Each time soak yourself for at least 10-15 minutes each. Dry the area with a soft towel and do not rub. Gently pat the surface so as not to aggravate the inflammation.

Apple Cider Vinegar

It is also believed to be helpful and can bring instant relief and reduces the itching and the pain. However be mindful that excessive use on the skin may cause burning.

Psyllium Husk

It is a supplement that increases the fiber intake and helps in softening the stool. It is an option to soften the stool and make the bowel movements regular and is a popular home treatment for Hemorrhoids

Aloe Vera

Aloe has anti-inflammatory qualities, which is also helpful in soothing hemorrhoids. However try and use it only if it is pure Aloe Vera and not if it is part of a cream with other ingredients. 

Witch Hazel

For the itching, you could go for some wipes or cream that has witch hazel. It is known to contain tannins and oils that may help bring down inflammation and slow down the bleeding. It is also believed to tighten the skin as a natural anti-inflammatory. Avoid anything that has hydrocortisone. This should help with the itching if done through the day.

Ice Pack

You could also put a cold pack on the area to soothe the pain. It will also help in reducing the swelling temporarily.

Comfortable Clothing

Wear comfortable and loose underwear. Go for cotton undies so that the area is aired out and there is no build up for moisture which can cause the hemorrhoids to act up. Even though it would be hard to contain yourself from scratching the area, do not do so.

For effective piles treatment at home, maintain a good and hygienic bathroom habit. The closed door routine that you may have been following all your life perhaps needs alteration.

Some of the things that need to be adhered to for natural hemorrhoid treatment are:

Try to set a specific time to visit the toilet. Pick a time and stick to it. It may take a few days to get into the routine. Spending too much time on the toilet seat should be avoided. One of the most important practices to be incorporated in piles treatment at home is to not try and force it or apply too much strain. At the same time when you gotta go, you must go. Do not hold it in. Do not use rough toilet paper that may further irritate the Hemorrhoids. It might be a good idea to used wet wipes instead. You may want to reposition your seating posture on the toilet seat. It may help to raise your legs, place them on a small foot stool so that your knees are higher. This really helps in the bowel movement and makes an easier passage.

Dietary requirements to treat Hemorrhoids at home:

Always remember that the best remedy for treating piles at home and to prevent hemorrhoids is to eat enough fiber and to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. The fiber intake should be 1 ounce a day for women and 1 pound 3 ounces a day for men. These dietary changes will make stool easier to pass and keep the problem at bay.

FAQs

What shrinks hemorrhoids fast?

Increase fiber in your diet, drink plenty of water, set a fixed time, wear light underwear and soak the area in warm water. These are some of the best home remedies for treating hemorrhoids.

Will hemorrhoids go away on their own?

Hemorrhoids are a chronic disease, meaning the symptoms persist for a long time and are constantly recurring. If you have experienced recurring bouts of hemorrhoids, your hemorrhoids likely won’t go away on their own. 

Is Vaseline good for hemorrhoids?

Petroleum Jelly can soothe the affected area if dabbed in a small quantity for quicker hemorrhoid relief.

How long does it take for a hemorrhoid to go away?

In most cases, hemorrhoids will go away on their own within a few days, including prolapsed hemorrhoids. As mentioned earlier by taking the home remedies for piles you can help reduce the irritation by eating more high-fiber foods, such as whole grains and green, leafy vegetables and drinking plenty of fluids. Also by reducing the intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.

What happens if hemorrhoids go untreated?

If the recommended variety of treatments, ranging from diet and lifestyle changes do not help then it is best to consult a doctor. If the hemorrhoids are left untreated, your internal prolapsed hemorrhoid may get trapped outside the anus and cause significant irritation, itching, bleeding, and pain. 

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