What are haemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids (or piles) are swollen and inflamed veins in the anus and lower rectum that are caused by increased abdominal pressure, or to a lesser extent, other causes.
Hemorrhoids may be found inside the rectum, in which case they are called internal hemorrhoids. They may also develop under the skin around the anus, as external haemorrhoids.
What are the causes of hemorrhoids?
Though you may have inherited the tendency to develop hemorrhoids, here are more likely reasons why you’re having the problem:
- You strain while passing stool.
- You spend too long sitting on the toilet bowl.
- You’ve had a recent or long-term battle with diarrhea or constipation.
- You’re overweight or obese.
- You’re pregnant.
- You engage in anal sex.
Permanent cure for hemorrhoids
With proven home treatments, you can easily relieve the mild pain, swelling and inflammation of hemorrhoids. Usually, the following tips are enough to help you treat hemorrhoids, quickly and permanently:
- Apply an over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream or suppository that contains hydrocortisone. You can also use pads containing numbing agents.
- Using a sitz bath, place your anal area in plain warm water for 10 to 20 minutes. Repeat this twice to thrice a day. If you can’t get a sitz bath, any other suitable container would do.
- Always keep your anal area clean by bathing regularly. Avoid using soap on the area, as this may aggravate the problem. After bathing, gently dry the area with a soft cloth or hair dryer.
- Always use moist towels or tissue paper to clean up after bowel movement. Using dry toilet paper will worsen the problem.
- To relieve swellings, apply ice packs or cold compresses on your anus.
- Take oral pain relievers like acetaminophen (Paracetamol, etc.), aspirin or ibuprofen. All these will help relieve the discomfort.
With these treatments, your hemorrhoids should disappear within a few days. But if you’ve tried all these before, and you’re still battling with hemorrhoids, any of these two treatment options will help.