- 1 How to Get Rid of Internal Hemorrhoids
- 1.1 Eat More Fruit and Vegetables
- 1.2 Soothe the Area with a Sitz Bath
- 1.3 Good Hygiene is Key
- 1.4 Reduce Inflammation with Ice
- 1.5 Drink Lots of Water
- 1.6 Clean the Area After Bowel Movements
- 1.7 Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1.8 Reach for the Witch Hazel
- 1.9 Using Over the Counter Ointments and Pain Relievers
- 1.10 When to Consult with Your Doctor
How to Get Rid of Internal Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are also commonly called piles. internal hemorrhoids can be felt around the anus area. Internal hemorrhoids are different degrees of severity. The most severe hemorrhoid can hang out of the anus. They may need to be physically pushed back in after having a bowel movement. When they become enlarged and inflamed, they can become painful especially when having a bowel movement.
Eat More Fruit and Vegetables
One cause of internal hemorrhoids is chronic constipation. this is because the harder stool rub against the rectal wall. When it creates enough friction and force, it causes the hemorrhoids to swell. As a result The best way to help prevent hemorrhoids is to prevent constipation. This means eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. These foods contain a lot of fibres, which acts as roughage.
Having enough fibre in your diet will prevent a case of constipation. this works because fiber allows more water to be absorbed into your digestive tract. water helps to soften the stool. When your stool is soft, it helps to eliminate straining when you have a bowel movement. When you do not have to strain, there is less pressure on the anal area so the veins do not swell and become inflamed.
Soothe the Area with a Sitz Bath
A sitz bath is a basin used to clean the anal area. It is made with luke-warm water for soothing and cleansing. The use of a sitz bath can help to speed up the healing process of internal hemorrhoids and helps to relieve discomfort they may cause. The reader this works is because it helps to increase the blood flow to the area. In also helps to relax the anal sphincter more more and creates less strain on the area. You can get a sitz bath from your local pharmacy.
There are several kinds, including those you use alone or those you can place on your toilet which are easier for many people to use. If you do not want to purchase one you can also use a basin or your bathtub to do the same thing. Just fill it with warm water and sit in the warm water for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Then dry the area by patting it with a soft cotton towel.
Good Hygiene is Key
This should go without saying, but when taking care of the area, make sure you wash your hands before and afterwards with warm water and antibacterial soap. This is important to help stop the spread of germs. Also take extra care to make sure when you go to the bathroom, you take the time to clean yourself well.
It might be tempting to not wipe as much, as it is painful, but this can leave bacteria behind and cause an infection. If you do not already shower daily, while you have a hemorrhoid, make it a point to shower daily, or at least clean the area daily with warm water and soap. Opt for washing the area with a gentle wash cloth, and afterwards make sure you pat the skin dry, not rub it. This will help to keep the area from being irritated and making the infected area worse.
Reduce Inflammation with Ice
The use of ice helps to naturally reduce swelling. It can also help to relieve itching and burning often associated with having a hemorrhoid and then having a bowel movement. The ice helps to soothe and numb the anal area. You can use cold water in a sitz bath for ten to fifteen minutes or you can use ice packs wrapped in a soft cloth.
If you do not have access to them you can also simply place some ice cubes into a plastic bag, wrap it in a cloth, and then place it on the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. This can be done every two to three hours throughout the day.
Lastly, there are some products available on the market to hold ice on the anal area specifically; however, they are not necessary and the use of regular ice packs or bags of ice are sufficient.
Drink Lots of Water
We have already explained that water can help to soften a stool making it easier to have a bowel movement. It also helps fiber to be more effective in helping stools to form. If you do not have enough water in your body then the fiber will not work as it is intended to.
Water also helps your body to help remove toxins from your body which can cause inflammation. By remaining hydrated you can help your body repair and heal faster.
Clean the Area After Bowel Movements
When you have a bowel movement, you should be cleaning the area normally with toilet paper. But you should also be extra diligent about it when you have hemorrhoids. Consider using baby wipes or flushable cleaning cloths as well. They not only help to keep the area cleaner, but also helps to soothe the area and the moisture on the wipe helps to give a cooling feeling as well.
After having a bowel movement, it is also an ideal time to use a sitz bath to cleanse the area and give relief. Also, consider looking for medicated wipes for use with hemorrhoids specifically. They usually have ingredients to not only clean the area but also provide medication to the area to bring additional relief.
Apple Cider Vinegar
When it comes to home remedies, apple cider vinegar is usually a go to for most things. This is the case for hemorrhoids too. Look for an unrefined apple cider vinegar that has the least amount of processing possible.
Bragg is a great brand that make high quality apple cider vinegar. If you have an external hemorrhoid, you can put a little bit on a cotton ball and gently apply it to the affected area.
Whether you have internal or external hemorrhoids, drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar at least once a day can help to heal your gut health, making it easier on your body to heal from the hemorrhoids. If drinking it straight is too strong for you, you can mix it with a little water to help dilute the smell and taste.
Reach for the Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is usually found at the pharmacy near the rubbing alcohol and peroxide. Double check the bottle to make sure that is what you are grabbing and not the other, as it will be applied topically, and that is one place you do not want any unpleasant surprises. Put a few drops onto a cotton ball and then gently apply it to the affected area.
The witch hazel can help to dry up the hemorrhoid, causing it to shrink in size. It can also be very soothing to the area, and help to relieve some discomfort that may come from having hemorrhoids.
Using Over the Counter Ointments and Pain Relievers
The majority of people have seen the advertisements and tubes of Preparation-H in the pharmacy. These ointments, and similar products, are applied to the area. It can help to relieve pain, itching, a burning feeling. And also serves as a protective barrier to help keep moisture from bothering the hemorrhoid. Other ointments also exist, but they all work essentially the same way to help bring relief.
Before applying any of these ointments to the area, clean the anal area and pat it dry. Then clean your hands with soap and antibacterial soap. Gently apply a small amount of the ointment to the area and make sure to wash your hands again after applying it. If you are having a lot of pain, you can take an over the counter pain reliever to help give you some relief.
Tylenol or Motrin are both common to help relieve pain. However, if you are having trouble with your hemorrhoids bleeding periodically, avoid taking Motrin before you consult your physician. It is known for thinning out your blood, and may not be right for use by every person suffering from hemorrhoids.
When to Consult with Your Doctor
If your hemorrhoids continue to persist after a couple of weeks, they get larger instead of improving after trying these remedies, or they begin to bleed excessively, it is time to call your doctor. Your doctor can evaluate the situation and determine if there is something else that needs to be done to help remedy your problem.
Your doctor can also look at the area and make sure there is not an infection that has developed, or confirm whether or not it is actually a hemorrhoid that is causing the problem. They can also refer you to a specialist if they have exhausted all of the resources and tools available to them as a general physician. This might also mean consulting with a colorectal surgeon to determine if a more invasive procedure needs to be done to remove the hemorrhoids that appear not to be healing.