Hemorrhoids are inflamed veins that are found around the lower rectum or anus. There are also external hemorrhoids which develop under the skin around the anus. Internal hemorrhoids are located in the lower rectum. Internal hemorrhoids can cause extreme discomfort because they often prolapsed or protrude through the anus.
One of the most common symptom of hemorrhoids that are located internally is blood in the stool and is typically accompanied by pain, discomfort and itching in the anal area.
Although hemorrhoids are not considered a serious medical condition or life threatening, they are uncomfortable. It is estimated that at more than 60% of people will suffer from hemorrhoids at some time in their lives.
There are millions of hemorrhoid sufferers who are seeking relief from the condition.
The following are the top seven treatments that have been proven to help relieve hemorrhoids:
1) Undergo a Haemorrhoidectomy:
A haemorrhoidectomy is a surgical procedure where the complete hemorrhoid is removed. This procedure is known to be a way to absolutely cure hemorrhoids but is considered a drastic action for relief. Although haemorrhoidectomies were a popular way of dealing with hemorrhoids in the past, it is invasive and requires recovery time.
2) Injection Sclerotherapy:
Sclerotherapy is an old procedure that is also used to treat spider and varicose veins. This is a very basic treatment and is virtually painless. A fine needle is used to inject a solution into the vein. This causes the vein to dry up and disappear.
3) Aloe Vera Gel:
Aloe Vera gel is considered one of the most effective home treatments for hemorrhoids. The aloe is applied topically to the hemorrhoid and pain is reduced almost immediately. Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties and can also be ingested to assist in the relief of constipation; which often contributes to hemorrhoid suffering.
4) Consider Minor Lifestyle Changes
To help prevent and as well reduce your hemorrhoid systems, you might want to consider the following lifestyle changes:
- Eat more high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.
- Drink plenty of water every day.
- Consider taking fiber supplements to help you have easier bowel movements.
- Don’t strain when having a bowel movement as this can make the hemorrhoids worse.
- Don’t stop yourself from having a bowel movement. Go when you have the urge.
- Exercise. Even a 20 minute walk a day will help the situation.
- Try to avoid sitting for long periods of time. If you need to sit for work, consider getting up and walking around, at least for 5 minutes every hour or so.
5) Witch Hazel:
Witch Hazel is effective in alleviating itching caused by hemorrhoids. Witch Hazel is commonly applied with a cotton ball but there are also witch hazel sprays that are easy to use. The sprays often contain proanthocyanidins which are believed to strengthen the vein walls.
Venapro is an over-the-counter medication, with anti-inflammatory properties, that was designed to work in conjunction with the natural healing mechanisms of the body. Venapro is effective for internal and external hemorrhoids.
7) Sitz Baths
Experts often recommend people with painful hemorrhoids to sit in warm water for around 15 minutes, several times a day. This is important to do after a bowel movement as it will relieve some of the discomfort. Add a little Epson salts to the water for more relief. You can get a sitz bath at your local pharmacy. It is a small bowl that fits over the toilet and offers a convenient way to soak and soothe the hemorrhoids. You can also sit in a regular bath.