KOMPAS.com – Hemorrhoids are inflammation of the blood vessels in the anus and rectum. Symptoms can include pain, itching, anal bleeding, and even feeling difficult while sitting.
Hemorrhoids can be internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids develop inside the anus or rectum. While hemorrhoids develop externally outside the anus. These external hemorrhoids are the most common and most troublesome.
“First, be aware that hemorrhoids don’t usually hurt, but they can bleed painlessly,” says colorectal surgeon Massarat Zutshi, MD.
Launch Cleveland Health Clinic, (19/7/2020), if hurt, the hemorrhoids may have moved outside the anal canal (or prolapse) during bowel movements and grow up.
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Also, if the hemorrhoids have blood clots (or become thrombosed), they can be very painful.
However, there are several ways you can do to reduce pain from hemorrhoids. Here are four natural ways you can do it:
1. Sit soak in warm water
Generally, experts recommend that people with hemorrhoids manage pain by sitting in a warm bath for 15 minutes, several times a day – especially after bowel movement.
This treatment is arguably one of the best treatments. Pharmacies usually sell small basins that fit over the toilet so you can comfortably soak the anal area.
2. Remember Psyllium
Psyllium husk is a supplement that helps increase fiber intake, which aims to soften the stool so that it is easier to pass.
However, Zutshi advised not to add too much fiber, too fast, as it can also cause swelling or stomach cramps.
Use this only to soften stools and make bowel movements more regular. Make sure you drink plenty of water if you are taking this supplement.
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3. Aloe vera
The anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe vera can help relieve irritated hemorrhoids. Although there has been no specific research on the benefits of aloe vera for hemorrhoids, several benefits have been shown for other inflammatory skin conditions.
Aloe vera is safe to try, but do not add any other ingredients or creams.
4. Epsom salt and glycerin
This lesser-known home remedy may help relieve painful hemorrhoids.
Use the following simple ingredients to make a compound that can be applied directly to the irritated area:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with 2 tablespoons of glycerin.
- Place the mixture on the gauze and apply to the sore area.
- Leave this application in the area for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Repeat every four to six hours until the pain subsides.
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Apart from the above three methods, some people believe that acidic apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil can also be useful in reducing pain in hemorrhoids.
However, Zutshi says, there has been no specific research that has examined this issue, so it must be avoided, to prevent new problems arising.
He also suggested consulting a doctor and getting an accurate diagnosis when hemorrhoids symptoms appeared.
“It’s important to see a doctor and be vigilant for bleeding, especially if you’ve never had hemorrhoids before,” he said.
To help treat and prevent hemorrhoids, Zutshi stressed the importance of eating enough fiber (25 grams a day for women, 38 grams a day for men) and drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.
These dietary changes can make stool easier to pass and prevent the problem from happening again.
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