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In or Out? Hemorrhoids The Unwanted Guest

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There are several types of hemorrhoids, but the most common are External and Internal. External hemorrhoids are hemorrhoidal tissue in your anal canal. Internal hemorrhoids are hemorrhoidal tissue in your colon. 

These hemorrhoids can have similar symptoms and can bleed or be painful. Understanding what kind of hemorrhoid you have and how to treat them is essential in taking steps to live free of them.

 

Internal and External Hemorrhoid Treatments

 

Treatment options vary depending on the severity of hemorrhoids and if they are internal or external. 

External hemorrhoid treatments: can include applying ice packs, sitz baths, over-the-counter ointments, suppositories, creams, pads with witch hazel, all of which will help reduce swelling and offer temporary relief from hemorrhoid symptoms like pain, itchiness, and discomfort. 

Surgical procedures like hemorrhoidectomy (cutting hemorrhoid) or rubber band ligation may be necessary for more severe cases. Another option would be a hemorrhoid cream that contains hydrocortisone, a corticosteroid, to reduce swelling and relieve irritation.

Internal hemorrhoid treatments: can include cutting down on straining during bowel movements, consuming foods high in fiber like whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, and avoiding constipation with easily digestible foods you eat. It’s important to avoid sitting for long periods, which puts a lot of pressure on your body, putting a strain on your hemorrhoidal veins. 

You can also take natural laxatives or stool softeners to help prevent constipation-induced hemorrhoids. Another remedy is taking herbs such as horse chestnut, stinging nettles, butcher’s broom, hemorrhoid cream with hydrocortisone to reduce swelling and pain.

You can avoid bleeding hemorrhoids with home remedies such as witch hazel pads, collagen creams, drinking lots of fluids, taking supplements like vitamin C, applying garlic oil to hemorrhoids, and eating fruits high in fiber. Avoid using harsh soaps, which can irritate hemorrhoids and cause bleeding.

 

Internal and External Hemorrhoid Symptoms 

 

Hemorrhoids are not always painful, but they can be uncomfortable or itchy.

External hemorrhoids can have different severities of symptoms depending on how big the hemorrhoid is. The first sign you might have hemorrhoids is noticing bright red blood in your stool or toilet paper after wiping your bottom.

Internal hemorrhoids are usually painless but only appear when a hemorrhoid protrudes through your anus.

 

There are several ways to prevent hemorrhoids

 

– Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can reduce straining during bowel movements suitable for hemorrhoidal veins.

– Avoid sitting for long periods as this increases pressure on hemorrhoidal veins and increases hemorrhoid swelling.

– Don’t lift heavy objects; give your hemorrhoidal vein support by bending with your knees instead of your waist.

– Avoid anal intercourse as it puts excess strain on hemorrhoidal veins, causing them to swell even more.

You should always see your doctor if you have hemorrhoids that won’t go away or continue to come back frequently regardless of treatment. 

 

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