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For Instant Hemorrhoid Relief Learn the Latest Tips and Tricks

Aug 17, 2007
Hemorrhoids are a common ailment, but many people aren't willing to talk about it. Because the subject is so embarrassing, hemroid sufferers tend to suffer in silence, even though relief is not that difficult to obtain. In almost all hemoroid cases, there's no need to visit a doctor. In fact, you may not even need to purchase medication. A few simple actions you can take at home will provide quick hemorroid relief. Add a few lifestyle changes, and you may never be troubled by hemorrhoids again. Let's take a look at the latest tips and tricks for hemorrhoid relief.

Avoid the pressure. Hemorroids occur when the blood veins around your rectum and anus become swollen and inflamed. The number one reason behind the swelling and inflammation is higher than normal pressure, usually due to constipation and straining during your bowel movement. The trick is to transform your difficult and strenuous bowel movements into soft and easy bowel movements. Fiber and fluids are the best way to accomplish this. Eat more fiber (fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and drink more fluids (water is best). Once you start to ease the pressure of difficult bowel movements, you'll begin to get some hemroid relief. While you're waiting for the fiber and fluids to work their magic, try lubricating your rectum with a small amount of petroleum jelly.

Take warm baths. Warm baths are an excellent way to accomplish hemorrhoid relief. It's best if you can soak in the warm water several times a day. It should provide some immediate relief from the pain and itching, and increased blood flow to the area will accelerate healing.

Don't scratch. The itching of hemoroids can be distracting and even maddening at times. Scratching may provide some quick hemorroid relief, but in the long run it will do more damage and may inflame and irritate your hemorrhoids even more.

Try witch hazel. Without a doubt, the external application of witch hazel is the hemroid relief tip suggested most often by hemorrhoid sufferers. Witch hazel actually helps blood vessels to shrink and contract back to normal size. And here's another tip: try putting the witch hazel on ice before you use it. Getting the witch hazel as cold as possible before applying it seems to multiply the hemoroid relief effect.

Take stoneroot. If you would like to try an herbal remedy for hemorroid relief, you should give stoneroot a try. Among herbal formulations, stoneroot seems to be the most effective. It normally comes in capsule form that you can take once a day (or as directed by an experienced alternative health practitioner).

Be gentle when cleaning. If possible, use toilet paper that has moisturizers or lotions added. Try to avoid any toilet paper with added perfumes or dyes. A really good tip for making your toilet paper more gentle is to dampen it with water before use. That can help soothe the irritation and help keep you clean without risking more inflammation.

Choose creams. Over-the-counter medications may provide some basic hemorrhoid relief, but they won't really have a lasting effect on the cause of your hemroids. Creams are probably better than gels. The only exception may be aloe vera gel, which can provide good hemorroid relief. Don't bother with the suppositories--they treat the wrong area and probably won't help with the itching, burning or pain.

Lose weight. If you're overweight, it could be contributing to your hemoroids. Losing weight and being more active will provide lasting hemorrhoid relief. Reduce your salt intake as much as possible. Having extra salt in your system will cause you to retain fluid. Extra fluid will inevitably lead to bulging veins, which is just the opposite of what you need if you're looking for hemroid relief.

Follow your urges. When you have the urge to use the bathroom, don't delay any more than necessary. Also, don't try to go when you don't have the urge. That will just lead to extra straining and make your hemorroids worse instead of providing hemroid relief.

You can find hemorrhoid relief by following the tips and tricks above. But if you don's see improvement or if the bleeding worsens, don't hesitate to seek a doctor's care.
About the Author
Jim McDonald is an author and webmaster of http://www.hemorrhoid-relief.info, an informative site about Hemorrhoids and treatment methods. Some of the topics covered on this site include symptoms, hemorrhoid relief, surgery, and natural remedies.
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