Do you have hemorrhoids (also called piles or almoranas), or think you might have them? If you do, you probably know or have an idea of just how painful and distressing this condition can be. In this article, we will go over the causes and symptoms of hemorrhoids, as well as numerous home remedies that will help to address the issue. What causes them? What are some known symptoms? What are some natural remedies that are effective in almoranas treatment? These are the questions that we will answer here. In other words, you will learn all about how to cure piles in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
What are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels located in or outside the rectum.
How Long Do They Last?
Do hemorrhoids go away? Most hemorrhoids will go away on their own, and only require pain management (such as the home and natural remedies we will discuss later) to deal with. On occasion, medical attention may be necessary. Rarely, a piles operation (hemorrhoid removal) may be needed.
Around two weeks is the period over which a hemorrhoid will usually heal. If it is small, healing may occur in as few as seven days. If your hemorrhoid is internal and prolapsed, healing may take a couple of months. Three months might be needed for a thrombosed external hemorrhoid.
What are the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids?
What are the symptoms of piles? Let’s find out here.
Internal Hemorrhoid Symptoms
When a hemorrhoid is internal, you will normally not be able to feel or see it. Internal hemorrhoids most often do not cause pain, as the inner rectum does not have many nerves that can sense pain. However, you will probably see evidence of your hemorrhoids bleeding.
If internal piles are prolapsed hemorrhoids (pushing out of the anal sphincter), you might be able to feel and see them. This type of hemorrhoid is pink in color and moist in texture. Unfortunately, this kind of internal hemorrhoid is likely to cause pain, as unlike the rectum the anus has a large number of nerves that can sense pain.
External Hemorrhoid Symptoms
External hemorrhoids are found within the anus, and often cause pain. They are sometimes itchy. These hemorrhoids can sometimes prolapse to outside the anus. This can happen when you have a bowl movement. If the hemorrhoid prolapses, it will be visible and you will be able to feel it. If your prolapsed external hemorrhoid has developed a blood clot, it is a thrombosed hemorrhoid (thrombosis). This type of hemorrhoid is very painful, often bleeds, and can become even blue or purple in color. If you find the pain impossible to live with, you can have the hemorrhoid professionally removed by a doctor. Usually, however, the condition will disappear by itself in about two weeks.
What Causes Hemorrhoids?
Experiencing excessive pressure in the lower rectum is generally the cause of hemorrhoids. Such pressure might be caused by:
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic diarrhea
- Spending a long time on the toilet
- Bowel movements that cause straining
- Anal intercourse
- Diet low in fiber
You are at greater risk of developing hemorrhoids is you are an older adult.
How to Treat Piles Effectively
Below is a list of 28 hemorrhoid home remedies. They will help to relieve the symptoms of your hemorrhoids, as well as support the body in its natural healing process. This collection of home remedies will give you lots of highly effective ideas for how to treat external hemorrhoids and internal hemorrhoids, empowering you to carry out piles treatment at home.
- Warm baths: Warm baths will help to soothe your hemorrhoids. You should make the baths for 20 minutes duration, two or three times daily. Ensure that you take one of these baths after each bowl movement. Be very gentle when drying the affected area. Instead of actually sitting in the bath, you could use a sitz bath (which is taken on the toilet seat) instead.
- Don’t strain: Do everything you can to avoid straining when on the toilet.
- Eat lots of fiber-rich foods: Develop and maintain a high-fiber diet. Make sure to build up the fiber in your diet gradually, as boosting it too much all at once can cause bloating and gas. Good sources of fiber include whole-grain beans, fresh vegetables and fruit, and whole-grain bread. A focus on diet is one of the most vital areas you should think of when considering how to heal hemorrhoids.
- Drink lots of water: Keep yourself well-hydrated at all times. Being well-hydrated is necessary to support the body in its healing process, as well as to make bowl movements suitably soft.
- Avoid constipation: If you are already constipated, drink prune juice or use laxatives to deal with the issue.
- Stool softeners: Consider using stool softeners which your doctor could prescribe.
- Don’t delay necessary bathroom trips: Go to the bathroom when you need to do so. Do not hold bowl movements.
- Olive oil: Olive oil contains numerous antioxidants, and is an anti-inflammatory substance. It will help to boost blood vessel elasticity, as well. Swallow one teaspoon of olive oil daily.
- Olive oil and plum leaves: Extract juice from plum leaves by crushing them. Mix this with olive oil, and apply it to your external hemorrhoids.
- Almond oil: Almond oil is a wonderful emollient and anti-inflammatory substance. Apply the almond oil with a cotton ball. It will help deal with itching and burning symptoms. Make sure to apply several times daily.
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice helps to strengthen the walls of blood vessels and capillaries. Mix half a teaspoon of lemon juice, mint juice, honey, and ginger juice, and drink the mixture. Do this once daily. You can even use a tiny amount of lemon juice diluted with water directly on the affected area. Be careful with this, however, as the stinging can be quite severe at first. You can apply this solution using a cotton swab.
- Lemon juice and hot milk: Mix the juice of half a lemon with hot milk. Drink this mixture every few hours.
- Aloe vera: Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory and incredibly hydrating substance. For external hemorrhoids, gently massage a small amount of aloe vera gel into the area. For internal hemorrhoids that you can touch or feel (for example, prolapsed internal hemorrhoids), cut up strips of aloe vera leaves, ensuring that all thorn-like components are taken off thoroughly. Put these in a container and place it in the freezer. Once they are extremely cold, place the strips on the affected area). Aloe vera is an especially popular hemorrhoid home remedy.
- Over-the-counter cream for hemorrhoids: There are over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams that you may buy at your local drugstore. You may find these to be very effective in soothing your symptoms of itching, irritation, and pain.
- Ice: Ice is very effective for numbing pain and reducing inflammation. You can use a bit of ice wrapped in a washcloth, or an icepack. Rest the icepack or piece of ice in washcloth on the area for approximately ten minutes, several times daily.
- Witch hazel: Witch hazel is an astringent which is incredibly effective in assuaging the itching, pain, and bleeding of hemorrhoids. Apply witch hazel to the affected area several times daily.
- Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil is an extremely effective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory substance. As tea tree oil is naturally very strong, you will need to dilute it with another oil, such as almond oil. Apply this mixture to the hemorrhoids. You can use a cotton swab to do so.
- Psyllium husk: Psyllium husk contains a large amount of fiber, which will help soften the stool and prevent constipation. Make sure to consume this substance on a regular basis, at least until the hemorrhoids have disappeared. You must mix the psyllium husk with water before consuming it. It is dangerous to take it by itself (without water), as it can cause choking.
- Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is very effective in reducing the itching and irritation of external hemorrhoids. Be aware, however, that upon application you may experience quite a bit of stinging. This negative effect is only temporary. You can use a cotton ball to apply a small amount of apple cider vinegar to your hemorrhoids.
- Coconut oil: Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your hemorrhoids. Coconut oil is a wonderful hydrator for the skin, and will help in reducing inflammation. You should apply coconut oil to the affected area a few times per day.
- Exercise regularly: Getting regular exercise will help you lose extra weight/maintain a healthy weight, and therefore is useful in fighting hemorrhoids. Also, exercise helps to boost general body functioning and healing.
- Take probiotics: Take probiotics to help with your hemorrhoids. Probiotics are crucial for the optimization of the digestive system, and therefore help to prevent problems such as constipation and diarrhea.
- Over-the-counter pain medications: Take over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen. Make sure to read information on correct dosages on the back or side of the bottle or box.
- 24. Avoid dry toilet paper: Avoid using dry toilet paper. Use either wet toilet paper or packaged moist toilettes (must be fragrance-free and should be alcohol-free).
- Garlic: Garlic is potently anti-bacterial, so it will help prevent infection. It is also a wonderful anti-inflammatory. Boil four cloves of garlic in two cups of water. Allow ten minutes to simmer, and ten minutes to steep. Allow the water to cool down. Once completely cool, use the water as a rinse for the affected area. You might notice some stinging, but only at first.
- Butcher’s Broom: Butcher’s Broom is an anti-inflammatory herb. Mix one teaspoon of Butcher’s Broom in one cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15 minutes. You can drink this tea, and/or use it directly on the affected area (once it has cooled). Alternatively, you can take Butcher’s Broom capsules. You can find these capsules at many health food stores.
- Potato: Chop potatoes into small chunks, and mix the pieces together in a food processor or blender until they are the consistency of a paste. Put some of the paste onto a small gauze fabric. Fold the gauze up, to ensure the paste stays in, and place the gauze on the affected area. This should be kept in place for 15 minutes. You can do this several times a day.
- Zinc oxide or Vaseline: These two common drugstore products can be very useful in soothing your hemorrhoids. Make sure that whatever you buy is completely fragrance-free and dye-free.
You now have information on many natural remedies for hemorrhoids. We are certain that it will help you deal with the distress and pain of your condition.