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This article was published on July 16, 2012, and was last updated on May 1st, 2019 in Hemorrhoid Banding.
Suffering from hemorrhoids can be a painful experience that most would prefer to avoid if they could. However, there are numerous hemorrhoid remedies that can be used to help provide hemorrhoid relief. While serious cases may need surgical removal, most hemorrhoids can easily be treated right at home. Before trying any remedy, it is a good idea to discuss it first with your physician.
One of the easiest hemorrhoid remedies is to simply change the type of toilet paper you are using. Regular toilet paper will irritate the area, making it more painful. In fact, this can lead to an irritation, and even to a secondary yeast infection of the skin.. It is best to use moist wipes while you are experiencing a hemorrhoid flare up. These will soothe the area and make it less prone to painful irritation. Making certain that the area is dry after wiping will help minimize the risk of developing a skin infection as well.
Next up on the list of easy hemorrhoid remedies is changing your bathroom habits a little bit. Prolonged sitting during a bowel movement can make your hemorrhoids worse. It is recommended to limit the time sitting to no more than 2 minutes. This will reduce the pain you experience from straining. If you have not finished your bowel movement in this amount of time, try getting up and walking around for a few minutes before returning to the bathroom. This will help reduce your risks of making your hemorrhoids worse.
One of the easiest hemorrhoid remedies is changing your diet. Most hemorrhoid sufferers also experience constipation, which further aggravates the condition. Try adding foods such as beans or whole grains. The key is finding foods that are high in water soluble fiber. These foods will make your stools softer and easier to pass. Oatmeal is the perfect example of a water soluble fiber that can offer hemorrhoid sufferers a lot of relief.
Lastly, ice packs are a great hemorrhoid remedy that can supply a lot of relief. Never apply ice directly to the hemorrhoid, as this could cause injury. Instead, get a proper ice pack and wrap it in a towel before applying it.
Did you know that colon cancer screening can save your life? If you suffer from frequent bouts of hemorrhoids, they may be a symptom of this disease. Regular colon cancer screenings are recommended for adults over the age of 50, and more frequently for those that may have a family history of the disease. A screening exam, called a colonoscopy, is also indicated in some younger patients with certain sypmptoms such as rectal bleeding. These screenings are generally quite quick and painless and can increase your chances of early detection. Colon cancer is treatable, especially if it is discovered early on. Regular colon cancer screenings are a vital step in the early detection process.