Hemorrhoids happen to the best of us. They can occur as we get older and can come in two forms: internal and external. If you’ve had hemorrhoids in the past then you probably know what it’s like to treat them, especially if they come back frequently. Here are some tips for dealing with aggravated flare ups and how to avoid them. And proper hemorrhoid treatment is available when you have a flare up.
Go to the Bathroom
When you have to use to the bathroom, don’t put it off. Whether you’re at the doctor’s office or in a store, don’t wait until you’re home. Waiting only increases constipation that eventually leads to flare ups.
Sitz baths have been known to aid in the healing of hemorrhoids. Just 10 to 15 minutes 1-4 times day can decrease the flare up and calm irritation.
Up Your Fiber
If you’re not getting enough fiber in your diet, consider adding a supplement fiber to your routine. There are two types of fiber: insoluble and soluble. The soluble fiber dissolves into gel to allow for a smoother bowel movement. There are several soluble fiber items that come in powder form and can be added to you desired beverage. Pears, apples, and beans are a great source of fiber as well and help frequent bowel movements.
Proper Food Intake
Sometimes it’s as simple as a ripple in our diets that cause flare ups. Avoiding certain foods can help relieve the pain and ease flare ups. Foods that produce healthy bowel movements without constipation include beans, nuts, fruits, oats, and lentils.
Stress is a part of life. But constant stress shouldn’t be. And oftentimes, hemorrhoids are a result of stress and our emotional state. When you feel yourself getting overwhelmed with daily life, stop and take a few minutes for deep breathing. Breathing exercises can send signals to the brain that sends an instant calm to your body. But don’t force it. Pick a quiet place to relax and breath slowly and deeply, concentrating entirely on your breath.
Creams and Medications
Over-the-counter creams, lubricants, and medications can instantly soothe the flare ups. From witch hazel pads to lubricants, there are all types of creams and medications that are designed to heal hemorrhoids and pain. It’s important to ask your doctor about the type of creams that are right for you.
If you’re experiencing frequent hemorrhoid pain and would like to try another method of relief, your proctologist can help. Dr Butler’s 30 years as a surgical specialist has helped him understand and meet the needs of his patients, from anal fissures to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Contact him today and check out the award-winning hemorrhoid cream that everyone’s talking about.