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6 Natural Tips to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids Fast and Safe
Hemorrhoids, also commonly referred to as piles, are swollen veins within the rectum or in the anus. They can be external or internal. Internal hemorrhoids occur in the rectum while external hemorrhoids develop outside, around the anus. Internal hemorrhoids are often painless, unlike the external ones which itch when irritated. Some of the symptoms of hemorrhoids include bleeding, painful bowel movements, development of lumps which can sometimes be uncomfortable, irritation, itching, and swelling.
You should see your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. If it turns out you have hemorrhoids, there is a range of natural ways to get rid of the condition. This post has highlighted some six natural tips to help you get rid of hemorrhoids.
1. Include more fiber and rutin in your diet
You will need to change your diet a little and include more fiber in most meals. Medics recommend a daily intake of between 35-40 grams of fiber. Fiber will reduce constipation and make your stool soft. Such foods as berries, avocados, nuts, lentils, Brussels sprouts, beans, figs, and flaxseeds have high amounts of fiber. Studies show that high fiber foods reduce the symptoms of hemorrhoids like bleeding by up to 50 percent.
Foods rich in Rutin will also help you get rid of hemorrhoids quickly. Oranges, lemons, asparagus, buckwheat, and grapefruits have enough rutin. Also, eat whole grains, enough vegetables, and yogurt.
2. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has a range of health benefits that can help you get rid of hemorrhoids fast. It works miracles for both internal and external hemorrhoids. For internal hemorrhoids take a teaspoon of ACV mixed in a glass of water at least twice daily. You can add some honey if the taste is too unpleasant for you. For the external ones, soak a clean cotton ball in ACV and dab it on the infected area. This can be stinging, but it will surely help to stop irritation and bleeding.
3. Natural oils and Aloe Vera will help
Applying natural oils on the infected area will help a lot;
• Cypress oil has astringent and hemostatic properties that promote contraction of your blood vessels, blood clotting, and tightening tissues. It also reduces constipation. Use a few drops regularly on the infected area.
• Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic properties. Using it at least twice daily is sure to help you feel better.
• Tea Tree oil is scientifically proven to fight bacteria, viruses and a range of other diseases. Its anti-inflammatory effects will reduce the stinging and itching that hemorrhoids cause.
• Almond oil will help you kill microbes and reduce inflammation.
Also, Aloe Vera gel can be beneficial. You can apply the gel directly to around your anus or if you have internal hemorrhoids, take a teaspoon of aloe vera every day. It reduces swelling, itching and the burning sensations. Use pure aloe as preservatives and other chemical additives may worsen the symptoms.
4. Hydrate regularly
Dehydration can worsen your hemorrhoids because it leads to constipation. You will need to take plenty of fluids including water. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that hemorrhoid symptoms worsen due to constipation that results from fluid restriction or fluid loss. Thus, to avoid constipation, take at least a glass of water after every meal.
5. Use witch hazel
It is an astringent with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Dabbing witch hazel on the infected part using a cotton ball will help reduce the itching and irritation. It will also help you shrink the inflamed blood vessels to reduce pain and inflammation. Use witch hazel at least three times daily for the best result. However, make sure it is not diluted in alcohol as it will dry out quickly and irritate your hemorrhoids.
6. Consider changing your bathroom habits
First off, do a bowel movement when the body needs it. Avoid waiting for too long as the stool may back up causing more straining and stress which worsen the hemorrhoids. When defecating, do it squatting, not sitting. Sitting strains the rectum while squatting straightens it, and the puborectalis muscle is relaxed.
Dampening your toilet paper will reduce irritation. Better still, use alcohol-free baby wipes instead of toilet paper. You can buy hemorrhoid-specific wipes for a gentler wipe.
It is also worth noting that having a warm bath every day and cleaning the area around your anus with warm water will speed up your healing process. Applying cold compresses or ice packs on the anus a few times daily also helps reduce swelling and irritation. You will need to be more hygienic because if the hemorrhoid is exposed to dirt always, it may end more infected.