Hemorrhoid Treatment:

How To Get Relief From The Pain And Discomfort Of Hemorrhoids

There is nothing worse than dealing with the excruciating pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids. Most people think hemorrhoids are something they will never have to deal with. But, the reality is that anyone, man or woman, young or old, can develop hemorrhoids. While usually not serious they can be very painful and annoying.

Many people suffer an unnecessarily long time because they find it extremely embarrassing to discuss the problem with family, friends or even their doctor. Lots of people feel shame or humiliation when talking about hemorrhoids. This is unfortunate because many people will put off getting diagnosed or asking for help to get rid of hemorrhoids because of their embarrassment.

internal and external hemorrhoids
Illustration of internal and external hemorrhoids.

The fact is that hemroids are a very common condition affecting millions of Americans. The sooner you decide on a treatment and take action the sooner you will find relief from the distress and irritation caused by hemroids.

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What is a hemorrhoid?
Hemorrhoids, also known as "piles", are enlarged and swollen tissues full of veins. These tissues are located in the wall of the anal canal. When the tissues enlarge and weaken and come free they are called hemorrhoids. They appear as a sac-like bulge that extends into the anal area.

Internal hemorrhoids are located inside the rectum. They don't usually cause pain but depending on severity they can protrude into the anal passage or protrude out of the anus (prolapse). Prolapsed hemorrhoids can be painful and sometimes bleed if they are strangled by the anus or if a clot forms in them.

External hemorrhoids develop near the inside opening of the anus, under the skin. As the hemorrhoids swell the area surrounding it may become firm and sore. It may change color, turning blue or purple when they get thrombosed. A thrombosed hemorrhoid is one that has formed a clot inside. While not usually dangerous, the clot does cause pain. External hemorrhoids can be very painful and itchy.

Fortunately there are many medical treatments and natural remedies for hemroids you can try to relieve the pain and swelling. Some of them are listed on the right-hand side of this page.

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5 Natural Hemorrhoid Remedies

1. Drink Up

water How drinking 8 glasses of water a day can help ease your hemorrhoid pain.
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2. Sitz Down

sitz bath Soaking in a sitz bath can improve circulation to inflamed hemorrhoids.
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3. Be Cool

ice Get relief and reduce swelling by applying ice packs to your hemorrhoids.
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4. Eat Right

fiber cereal A high-fiber diet can speed you on the way to recovery.
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5. Get Moving

exercise How leading an active life, exercising and losing weight benefit your butt.
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