Hemorrhoids. The pain in the butt that no one ever wants to have.
Courtesy of Endo, I was acquainted with hemorrhoids at a tender age. I didn’t know what it was, but it seemed like the lesser evil compared to being backed up, thanks to chronic constipation. The bowel issues began before I was 10, and by the time I started my periods, Things Were Bad! During my periods, I would battle, cramps, heavy flow, and bleeding hemorrhoids. Just thinking about the pain gives me chills. Some months I wasn’t quite sure where the bleeding was coming from. It was a messy affair.
Over the years, things have gotten better. Here are some home remedies that I have tried and have worked:
Drink enough water, at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. The liquid will help to soften the stool.
2. Eat more fiber
Eat fiber-rich foods such as fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. The fiber will help to soften the stool. Reduce the intake of foods that trigger and worsen constipation.
3. Don’t push too hard
Avoid bearing down excessively when passing stool. It may put too much pressure on your veins.
4. Don’t postpone the urge to go
When you feel like using the bathroom, use the bathroom. The longer you wait, the stool will become dehydrated.
5. Don’t sit too long
Avoid spending to much time perched on the toilet seat. Reading on the toilet may cause more harm than good by straining your veins.
6. Keep the anus clean and dry
Avoid using things that can irritate the skin such as soap and wipes with alcohol. Wash the anus with water and pat dry. Wear loose, breathable materials.
7. Get moving
Adapt exercise into your lifestyle, it can help to ease the pressure on the veins. Also, losing excessive weight may take some pressure off the veins.
8. Use a step stool
Place a step stool infront of the toilet and step on it as you sit. Elevating your legs into a squat like position may help you pass stool with some ease.
There are topical creams available over-the-counter. However, if the pain, discomfort, and bleeding persists, please see a doctor.
Here’s to hemorrhoid and constipation free days.