Hemorrhoids are enlarged and swollen blood vessels that are located in the lower part of the rectum and anus. Thus, the blood vessels become swollen due to increased pressure within them.
There are two types of hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids are on the inside lining of the rectum that cannot be felt unless they prolapsed and pushes through the anus while opening causes pain and itching. The external hemorrhoids are beneath the skin, which is the outer aspect of the anus. This includes bleeding with a bowel movement and mass of fullness that felt at the time of anal opening.
Causes of piles/hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are caused due to increase in pressure at lower abdomen. These included straining at the time of bowel movement.
- Prolonged sitting
- At the time of pregnancy
- Rectal cancer
- Anal intercourse
- Inflammatory bowel disease.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are nothing but piles. The common symptoms of hemorrhoids are presence of blood. This is an internal problem that then the blood come out in bright red and is a notice in toilet paper. This is an external experience that a blood clot around your anus or swelling.
- Bleeding during bowel movement
- Irritation near anal
- Anal pain
- Blood clots around the anus
Home remedies for pile/hemorrhoids
Lemon juice to prevent hemorrhoids
Lemon is rich in nutrients and helps to get relief from hemorrhoids. This can strengthen the capillaries and blood vessel walls. Take some freshly squeezed lemon juice and dip a cotton swab in it. Apply this on the hemorrhoid. You may feel a mild tingling or burning sensation. This helps to relieve from pain. Another way is to take freshly squeezed half a lemon and add it in a cup of hot milk. Mix it well and drink it. Repeat the process three hours for best results. Mix one half teaspoon of lemon juice, ginger juice, mint juice and add a bit amount of honey to the mixture. Mix them well and drink this solution once a day.
Apple cider vinegar to treat piles
Apple cider vinegar is the most natural home treatment for hemorrhoids. It is rich in astringent properties and helps to shrink swollen blood vessels. This gives instant relief from swelling and irritation of both internal and external hemorrhoids. Make sure to use unfiltered and unpasteurized vinegar for faster results. Soak a cotton swab or toilet paper in apple cider vinegar and apply it over the hemorrhoid area. This process helps to get rid of sore piles. Repeat the process until the inflammation disappears and can resolve the problem. This also improves your health instantly. You can also add half a cup of apple cider vinegar into a sitz bath. This helps to treat external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids can be treated by adding one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it twice a day. Add honey into it for better results.
Aloe vera gel to treat hemorrhoids
Aloe vera gel is the most important and natural ingredient to treat hemorrhoids. This acts as an anti-inflammatory and therapeutic property of aloe vera. It reduces the irritation of hemorrhoids. Aloe vera is used for both internal and external hemorrhoids. Apply a little amount of aloe vera gel which is freshly taken and gently massage over the area. This remedy simply gives an instant pain relief and soothes the burning sensation. This is the best treatment for external hemorrhoids. For internal hemorrhoids, cut an aloe vera leaf in strips. Cut off the thorny parts of the plant. Place the slice in a container and keep it in refrigerator. Apply this cold aloe vera strip to the painful hemorrhoid that helps to relieve the pain. This also reduces burning and itching sensation.
Drink plenty of water to treat piles
The internal and external hemorrhoids are treated by increasing your water intake. Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water per day. Adequate water helps to cleanse your internal system and hydrates your entire body. This helps to facilitate bowel movements. This helps to keep the stools soft that can reduce the need for straining. Drink required amount of water and other fluids with the process of flushing waste or toxins. The body slows down and there can be a backlog in a bowl. This results in hard stools, which make the problem of hemorrhoids worse.
Tea tree oil for hemorrhoids
Tea tree oil reduces inflammation and curing hemorrhoids naturally. This is very strong and should always be diluted by mixing it with a carrier oil. Add one or two drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil like castor oil or sweet almond oil. Mix them well and apply it over the inflamed area. This helps to clean cotton swab. Repeat it regularly that can shrink the hemorrhoids and cures completely. These are essential oils they have a healing effect with lavender essential oil and rosemary essential oil.
Cold compression to relieve from hemorrhoids
Cold compression helps to treat hemorrhoids to shrink and become smaller in size. This helps to reduce pain and provides instant relief from itching. Ice helps to constrict the blood vessels and reduces swelling for immediate pain relief. This is easier and can pass stools once swelling is reduced. Wrap some ice in a clean cloth and apply it directly over the hemorrhoids for 10 minutes. Repeat this several times and helps to constrict the blood vessels and reduce hemorrhoids effectively. Instead of ice pack, you can use any frozen vegetable like peas or corn wrapped in a tea towel. Apply it on hemorrhoids. Leave it for 20 minutes and repeat the process trice a day.
How to prevent hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids can be prevented by keeping the stools soft, daily exercises, including high fiber diet, drink plenty of fluids and avoid straining with bowel movements.
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time, mostly on the toilets.
- Avoid laxatives for more than occasional used then for bulk forming
- Avoid low fiber foods like ice cream, cheese, white bread and meat
- Include fiber rich foods such as fresh fruit, leafy vegetables, cereals and whole grain breads which are a good source of fiber.