Fast Hemorrhoid Healing, Fast Recovery
Once your doctor’s visit is complete, that’s it – no restrictive hemorrhoid recovery regimens to follow. You can resume your normal activities as tolerated. Simply avoid heavy lifting, rigorous exercise and similarly strenuous activity on the day of your treatment. You can resume all normal activity the next day.
You can have normal bowel movements during hemorrhoid recovery, though you may want to soak in a sitz bath (a warm tub with a tablespoon of table salt added) or use a bidet for a gentler cleansing of the anal opening.
Preventing future hemorrhoids
After recovery, you’ll need to make some changes to help prevent future problems. To prevent hemorrhoids, you’ll need to avoid straining during bowel movements. Some tips include:
- Drink a lot of fluids. Unless your medical condition prohibits it, you should consume seven or eight glasses of water each day.
- Add 15 grams of fiber to your diet (two tablespoons of natural oat or wheat bran, Metamucil, Benefiber, flax or other soluble fiber).
- Do not sit longer than two minutes on the toilet. If you can’t have a bowel movement in that time, come back later. This “two-minute” rule can help keep you from straining during bowel movements without realizing it.
- During air travel, be sure to stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, eat fiber and walk around when you can.