Nearly 4 percent of the American population is known to suffer from hemorrhoids. It is a common condition that has several remedies. Many of these remedies include dietary changes, topical cream applications and some other natural options. In extreme cases however, your doctor may advise surgical intervention to get rid of them.
One of the most common methods of curing hemorrhoids is to introduce plenty of fiber and water in one’s diet. Most hemorrhoid sufferers do not get enough fiber on a daily basis. This leads to dry, hard stools and constipation which is the common reason behind hemorrhoids.
For getting adequate fiber, one must try to have at least 5 to 6 servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. You also need to drink up to 8 to 10 glasses of water. One must also avoid spicy and oily food and include foods like bran, whole grains and ground flaxseeds etc in order to introduce fiber in the diet.
Apart from dietary changes, doctors advise getting plenty of exercise (or at least 30 minutes of it) each day to regularize the bowel movements.
Over-the-counter Topical creams and pain killers like acetaminophen are also used for treating the pain associated with hemorrhoids. Chamomile, calendula and Preparation-H are a few readily available creams that can heal and soothe the hemorrhoids and also reduce the associated pain and itching. Warm (not hot) Sitz baths are also recommended for sufferers to help ease the pain. These include sitting in warm bath for fifteen minutes after having bowel movement or up to three times a day to relieve pain caused by the condition.
In some cases, especially in internal hemorrhoids that are especially painful, your doctor may recommend a Hemorrhoid injection that can help close it up. Banding is another medical technique in which a special tool applies a rubber band around the prolapsed hemorrhoid (prolapsed hemorrhoids are internal hemorrhoid that have come out of the rectum), thus completely shutting off its blood supply. Cauterization by laser beams is another modern remedy for treating hemorrhoids. The laser technique is a painless technique that completely closes the prolapsed hemorrhoids. In case of thrombosed internal hemorrhoids, a surgery called hemorrhoidectomy may be performed to remove up to 95 percent of the hemorrhoid. However, apart from surgery, one still needs to implement dietary and lifestyle changes to prevent recurrence.