Hemorrhoids, How Should You Get Relief?
Hemorrhoids are a big problem for many people worldwide, especially the symptoms from itching hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids or piles, also referred to as are swollen veins in the anal canal and near the anus. They can be itchy, painful, and create a lot of discomforts.
This condition can develop because of several reasons. A pile is not something you want to ignore since having them does increase your chances of developing cancer of the colon or rectum pretty dramatically. This is why treatments are so important, and you should seek the cures that work for you.
What Are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal canal and near the anus. This condition may be caused by straining during bowel movements or pregnancy, which forces blood to rectal veins, and they swell up and hurt due to pressure on them. They may also develop because of bad habits such as sitting too long on the toilet while constipated or pushing too hard while having a bowel movement. The following symptoms can develop:
- Tenderness around the anus
- Itching near the anus
- Bleeding during or after a bowel movement
- Feeling like there is something in the rectum that won’t come out
- Lump around the anus
- Discomfort when sitting down
What Causes hemorrhoids?
There are several causes, such as:
- Straining during bowel movement
- Constipation and hard stools
- Sitting for too long on the toilet instead of taking regular breaks to use the bathroom
- Aging hemorrhoids that enlarge with age, pregnancy, anal intercourse, obesity, liver cirrhosis, hormonal imbalance.
Why Do Hemorrhoids Itch?
Itching is one of the most irritating symptoms. There are many reasons why they itch, including external hemorrhoid itching can be caused by scratching, which irritates the hemorrhoidal skin and causes it to become inflamed.
Scratching also spreads bacteria onto the irritated area, raising the risk of itching. Internal hemorrhoid itching can be caused by rectal tissues pressing against the anus and irritating it, rectal tissue swelling inside the anal canal, inflamed hemorrhoidal vein lining becoming irritated and triggering itchiness, piles growing closer to the skin’s surface, making them more likely to become irritated and cause itching.
How Do You Stop Hemorrhoids From Itching?
There are some treatments that you can use at home to stop them from itching:
- Apply cold packs on your anus several times a day for 20 minutes each time
- Soak in a warm bath with Epsom salt twice a day (20 minutes each time)
- Take a hot bath and apply a hemorrhoid cream
- Apply ointment after each bowel movement
- Take sitz baths – this treatment involves sitting in warm water several times a day.
What Is The Treatment For Hemorrhoids?
Treatments vary from remedies such as using witch hazel to stop itching, buying suppositories, making your hemorrhoidal pads, eating fiber-rich foods, drinking lots of water, and other cures. Also, see your doctor if you have any of the following:
- Rectal bleeding during or after bowel movements that lasts more than a few days
- Rectal bleeding that occurs without having bowel movements;
- Blood in your stool.
If your symptoms are severe, you should avoid the following treatments since they will only make piles worse:
- Don’t use soap when cleaning piles – this will dry them out and cause itching
- Avoid using home remedies for piles since some of these remedies may increase swelling in the rectum or anus
- Avoid taking too many baths or long soaks with herbal oils. Sitting in warm water for a long time can cause rectal tissue to swell more.
Treatment options vary, depending on symptoms. Surgery is a treatment option that many people opt for, even though surgery recovery time can be painful and take a long time to heal the piles. Another treatment option is rubber band ligation, artery embolization, or artery ligation. Hemorrhoidal laser therapy or infrared coagulation are other treatments you should consider if you have internal bleeding.
Other effective treatment options include Sclerotherapy (injection of sclerosing agents into the hemorrhoidal veins), Stapled hemorrhoidopexy (used to suture the excess hemorrhoidal tissue to the anal wall), and hemorrhoidectomy.
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