6 Ways to Soothe Hemorrhoidal Flare-Ups

August 12, 2018

If you have been dreading going to the bathroom every morning because of those engorged veins that make every bowel movement an excruciating experience, then you need to start taking some proactive measures to side-step such intense flare-ups. Here are some ways of making life with hemorrhoids a little easier.

Estimates say that roughly half of the population over the age of 50 suffers from hemorrhoids. Ulcerated blood vessels that usually itch, bleed and causes pain are the classic outcomes of this condition. While they are not a threat to your life, these painful wounds on your bottom are challenging to live with especially if you are one of those unfortunate ones who experience frequent outbreaks. Factors like obesity, chronic constipation, and pregnancy lead to a higher risk of developing hemorrhoids. If you are trying to figure out how to manage this dreadful condition, here are some helpful tips that can make your morning trip to the bathroom a more pleasant affair.

  1. Increase Your Intake of Fiber – One of the leading instigators of a hemorrhoidal eruption is chronic constipation. It is, therefore, vital to combat this by upping your consumption of high-fiber foods like broccoli, spinach, seasonal fruit, and beans. Supplements that help you achieve the target of eating 30 grams of fiber per day are also a good idea.

  2. Make Water Your Best Friend – Drinking at least eight glasses of water in a day will keep your stool soft and allow them to pass quickly without agitating the wounds around your anus and in your rectum.

  3. Never Put Off the Urge To Go – Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge instead of waiting for a more suitable time or trying to complete whatever you are doing before you go. Such delays exacerbate constipation and make stool stiffer.

  4. Prop Up Your Feet – Keep a small footstool in the bathroom so that you can put your feet up while sitting on the toilet seat. Such an arrangement helps in modifying the angle of your rectum, making it slightly easier for stool to pass.

Here are things you can do to ease the condition:

  1. Try a Warm Water Soak – Sitting in a tub of warm water for 15 minutes after every visit to the bathroom can help soothe the rashes. This process helps in calming the irritated skin on your bottom and bringing some relief.

  2. Use Soft Toilet Paper – It is very crucial to select the right kind of toilet paper if you are dealing with regular flare-ups. A poor-quality roll can act like sandpaper on the rashes and aggravate them even more. Choose softer, more pliable toilet paper to avoid such an outcome.

Coping with hemorrhoids may not be the most natural thing you have done in your life, but with a combination of proper nutrition, exercise, and some preventive measures, you can shoo away the fear that engulfs you every time you have to use the bathroom.

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