Surviving Hemorrhoids: What you can do to ease the pain until you are completely hemorrhoid free!

Having hemorrhoids is no laughing matter. People who suffer from it experience a great deal of pain and discomfort, not to mention embarrassment. So instead of making fun of them, show them support as they go through the ordeal.
Though treatment for hemorrhoids is available, the trauma of going through a painful experience is already there and previous sufferers would not want to go through it all over again. Moreover, even though the hemorrhoid has been removed or cured, there are still chances of it recurring.
So what should be done to avoid the whole situation from happening again? There are several easy ways to ensure that you stay hemorrhoid free or should help alleviate the pain until medication completely cures it or until you can get it surgically removed.
Ways to relieve hemorrhoidal pain is the same as the way to prevent it. First is to avoid putting too much pressure on your anal veins. Most people do not know but sitting for long hours on the same position actually stresses your anal veins and helps facilitate hemorrhoid formation. If sitting for long hours cannot be avoided, as in workplaces, be sure to keep the proper sitting posture so the pressure will be equally divided and won't be directed to your anal veins solely.
Standing and walking around the office from time to time also helps. Standing for long hours can also cause hemorrhoids because of the gravity pull. So take a few steps every now and then to keep yourself active and distribute the pressure evenly throughout the body.
Doing Kegel exercises also helps hemorrhoid patients, especially pregnant women. Kegel exercises are maneuvers that strengthen the muscles that support the rectum and the vagina. This exercise also helps control stool leakage so the itchiness caused by the leaking could be lessened.
If you are already suffering from hemorrhoids, you should avoid aggravating the enlarged hemorrhoids by straining during bowel movement. The best way to avoid straining is by making sure that your stool is in the ideal condition that could be expelled easily out by your rectal muscles.
Taking in the recommended daily dietary fiber amount will make sure that you will not have a difficult time during bowel movement. Dietary Fiber of 20 to 30 grams will help a lot in making your stool maintain the ideal form. Taking in adequate amount of liquid will also aid you in having an easy time in the toilet.
Avoid getting constipated. When you are constipated, you strain more during bowel movement hence, aggravating hemorrhoids further. Constipation is caused by low fiber and liquid intake, excessive consumption of dairy products, and immobility or not having enough exercise or physical activity. Having diarrhea is no help either. Frequent bowel movements tend to weaken and strain the rectal muscles even more.
As much as possible, do not strain when you are in the toilet. Prolonged seating on the toilet bowl also aggravates hemorrhoids so the best way to do is to go to the toilet as soon as you feel the urge but do not linger when your business is over. If you should strain, do not do so for more than a minute. Do not suppress the urge also. Suppressing your bowel movements may cause your stool to be dry and hard.
As mentioned before, being physically active also helps in alleviating the condition. This is because exercise strengthens the muscles and evens out blood circulation. But be sure not to perform exercises that pose direct strain or pressure to the rectal muscles.
Patients suffering from external hemorrhoids would find warm soaks in bath a great help in relieving the pain. Having a sitz bath 3 times a day for at least 15 minutes each is recommended. All that is needed is a plastic tub filled with warm water. Doing this effectively eases the pain and swelling.
Remember to dry the affected area after a sitz bath to avoid infections due to moisture build up. Applying compressions made with a mix of herbs on the hemorrhoid itself can also help ease discomfort. Aloe vera is a great herb to try for this because it has soothing and cooling properties. Hygiene is also necessary to keep any bacterial infection at bay.
Cleaning the hemorrhoid, should be done carefully for it is highly sensitive because of the somatic nerves present in the mass. Instead of using an ordinary towel, try using a moist pad if you want to wipe the area clean or you could also rinse under the shower. Warm water alleviates swelling so you could try using that instead of just tap water.
Over-the-counter medications are also used to lessen the itchiness, pain, and burning. Usually these OTCs are gels or ointments that could be applied directly to the hemorrhoid. If the ointment needs to be applied inside the anal canal, a pile pipe could be used instead of a gloved finger. Pile pipes with holes at the side and at the end are easier to use. Make sure to lubricate it with ointment, though, before inserting into the anal canal.
Local anesthetics could also be taken to temporarily relieve the pain. Local anesthetics numb the nerve endings but the use is only limited to the lower anal canal and the perianal area. Be sure to consult first with your doctor before using any local anesthetic to make sure you are not allergic to it. There are cases that the itching and burning worsen with patients who get allergic reactions to anesthetics. Protectants are also available and these are used to prevent the hemorrhoids from getting in contact with the stool.
Even after you are treated or cured from hemorrhoids, following the above mentioned tips should be continued to avoid the condition from recurring. Also, the rectal muscles might not function the same as before surgery or any treatment so extra effort should be done to make sure that there is no excessive pressure directed towards the rectal area.
Actually, no extra effort is needed if you live a healthy lifestyle. Just eat right, drink right, and do exercise to keep your bowel movements painless and your rectal area hemorrhoid free.