Unfortunately, rectal problems can affect anyone at any time and this means that a lot of people — college students, office employees, athletes, and almost everyone can experience this. But there is something you can do at home that will help you relieve the symptoms and may even help you get rid of the problem altogether!
We have gathered a helpful list of 11 ways to get rid of hemorrhoids without resorting to surgery.
1. Bed rest
The recumbent position is most convenient for those suffering from hemorrhoids because this way it is possible to get rid of painful sensations in the pelvic region and the anus. In addition, it’s recommended to use medicinal suppositories that will eliminate the inflammatory process during the nighttime.
The most suitable position for sleeping is lying on your side and it’s best to alternate between lying on the left side and on the right so that the blood does not stagnate. It’s not recommended to sleep on your back because this position makes it easier for blood to flow to the venous dilatations of the rectum vessels, thus increasing the pressure on this area.
2. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is an excellent remedy that allows the curing of the problem at the initial stages of development and it can help eliminate any discomfort at a later stage. One of the greatest advantages of this plant is that it’s hypoallergenic, which means that it can help remove the inflammatory process and promote a rapid healing of the tissue.
When taken orally, aloe vera can have a laxative effect. Soft stool means that the rectal mucosa will not be injured.
You can also apply aloe vera in the form of lotions, decoction, compresses, and suppositories. These methods can be an effective way to remove pain and swelling and can stop bleeding. The aloe vera hemorrhoid compress is very effective. It should be applied for at least 30 minutes.
1. Use a special gauze or bandage.
2. Fold it several times and soak it in the decoction.
3. The bandage should be carefully applied to the affected area and covered with cellophane.
3. Use the power of garlic.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, garlic is used to treat hemorrhoids because it completely destroys infection in the veins and eliminates any subsequent inflammation. Garlic helps reduce hemorrhoidal “bumps” and it doesn’t cause any discomfort.
Recipe for garlic paste:
1. Mix one tsp of honey, 20 g of finely-chopped garlic and 50 ml of milk.
2. Boil the mixture while constantly stirring it. The thickened mass must then be carefully ground and allowed to infuse for about 3 hours.
3. Apply the ointment onto a tampon and use it before bedtime. You can also simply lubricate the inflamed hemorrhoidal node.
4. The ointment can be used until recovery.
4. Wear loose cotton clothing.
If you’re suffering from hemorrhoids, you should choose clothes made from cotton. Cotton underwear promotes good air circulation which soothes sensitive skin. It’s important to change your underwear every single day. It’s also recommended to wear clothes that are not tight so that your skin has room to breathe.
5. Eat more fiber.
The bowel should work smoothly and such an effect can be achieved through a consistent diet of vegetables that are rich in fiber — whole wheat bread, fruits, prunes, oatmeal, buckwheat, and barley. Fiber helps remove toxins, normalizes the blood cholesterol level, and promotes the increase of fecal masses in the volume, strengthening intestinal peristalsis.
6. Add horse chestnut to your meal.
The use of horse chestnut in hemorrhoids helps cope with inflammation and reduces symptoms in even the acute stage. The properties of the plant help strengthen the walls of the vessels located in the rectum and they reduce the inflammation of the mucous membranes. the composition of all of the parts of the plant includes a great number of microelements, calcium, iron, chromium, iodine, and silver. You can add it to your meals or apply it to your skin.
It is not recommended for people who are: allergic to any of the components; have malignant neoplasms of any kind; pregnant women; children; and lactating mothers.
Horse chestnuts contain esculin that may be toxic if they’re are eaten in their raw form. Please, check the capsules to make sure that esculin is not present.
Here are some DIY recipes:
The recipe of juice from horse chestnut flowers:
- 1 tsp fresh juice diluted in 200 ml of water.
- Drink one glass of diluted juice of horse chestnut flowers 3 times a day for 10-15 minutes before meals. By taking this remedy, you will not only get rid of hemorrhoids but will also normalize the digestive tract.
The recipe of ointment from horse chestnut flowers:
- Grind 10 g of dried horse chestnut flowers and mix them with 100 ml of vegetable oil.
- It is better to use olive oil since it has more therapeutic substances than other oils. Leave the mixture to infuse in a glass container with a lid for a week in a cool and dark place.
- Use the ointment to lubricate the external hemorrhoids 3-5 times a day. You will feel the healing effect of the ointment from the chestnut flowers after 2-3 days of treatment. The pain and swelling of the hemorrhoidal bumps will disappear quickly.
7. Swim, walk, and run.
A sedentary lifestyle is a proven factor in the development of hemorrhoids. Many patients with hemorrhoids mistakenly believe that this disease means that they can’t go to the gym. This is a common misconception.
In fact, during the period of remission, it’s not only possible, but it’s actually necessary to be active and to exercise. The main thing to keep in mind is that it’s necessary to choose the right type of activity. If your doctor doesn’t strictly prescribe bed rest, then a short walk or some light exercise won’t do any harm. If you’re told to recover by staying in bed, ask your doctor if there are some exercises you can do while lying down.
The types of activities recommended for those suffering from hemorrhoids are usually walking, jogging, swimming, skiing — activities that “disperse” blood, strengthen the cardiovascular system, and at the same time, do not exert the muscles of the abdomen and the pelvis.
8. Refrain from straining and reading on the toilet.
Although it may seem harmless, sitting on the toilet for a long time can lead to either the appearance of or the worsening of already existant hemorrhoids.
If you strain while sitting on the toilet, the pressure in the abdominal cavity rises and the veins in the rectum will swell. The repetition of this process, especially if it’s a long one, can lead to either thrombosis (blockage of the vein) or the development of hemorrhoids.
9. Make cold compresses.
Since ice has an anesthetic and hemostatic effect, cold can be an excellent way to treat the pain of hemorrhoids. Cold temperatures make the blood vessels (including veins in the rectum) to become more narrow, which leads to blood flow becoming less abundant and to the decrease or the disappearance of bleeding altogether.
To make a compress, place a folded bandage or tissue in cold water and attach it to the hemorrhoidal nodes for a couple of minutes. This will be enough to “cool” the inflammation and to relieve the pain.
10. Drink more water.
Not drinking enough water throughout the day is one of the causes of blood stagnation and cell death, which can end up leading to hemorrhoids. The lack of water causes the blood to thicken which then leads to the deterioration of the movement of the blood through the capillary system of the rectum. This causes the appearance or the exacerbation of hemorrhoids. So it’s important to drink more often and to always carry a bottle of water.
11. Take warm baths with salt.
Salt is effective when it comes to removing pain and it can help get rid of inflammation. One of the most effective ways to treat hemorrhoids is to take a salt bath:
1. Dissolve 500 g of salt in 2-3 liters of boiled water.
2. Make sure the water is cooled so that it does not burn the skin of the anal region.
3. The salt solution must be poured into a wide basin that’s comfortable to sit in so that the anus is submerged in the water. You can sit until the water cools.
It’s best to do this before you go to bed. It’s recommended to repeat this procedure for 3 to 5 days. Such a salt bath can help eliminate pain and promote the resorption of hemorrhoids. If necessary, the procedure can be repeated for as long as necessary.
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