Hemorrhoids are varicose veins that form in the rectum or anus as a result of frequent constipation, pregnancy or poor diet. The can be internal or external, and they normally itch and bleed, leading to embarrassing situations. For this reason, hemorrhoid treatment is as right as rain. There are several surgical and non-surgical ways of keeping hemorrhoids at bay, as we discuss below.
There are several home remedies and topical treatments for hemorrhoids. For instance, Psyllium seed husks, natural oils and Vitamin E capsules are hemorrhoid-curbing agents whose effectiveness deserves plaudits. There are also herbal hemorrhoid treatments, over-the-counter ointments and creams that are useful in getting rid of hemorrhoids without having to visit the doctor. Particularly, creams that contain lidocaine, hydrocortisone or phenylephrine are effective in keeping the symptoms of hemorrhoids under control. Where the hemorrhoids are painful, pain medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen are good to go. A comfortable sitting position and hemorrhoid attack are like oil and vinegar; they do not mix at all.
Improving hygiene standards
Cleanliness is said to be second to godliness, and rightly so, especially for hemorrhoid patients. First, hemorrhoid patients should use wet wipes instead of dry toilet paper after bowel movements. The affected area should also be kept clean at all times. This encapsulates soaking in lukewarm water about thrice per day, taking frequent sitz baths and applying witch hazel. You could also apply ice packs and apple cider vinegar. You also need to give tight clothing a wide berth, especially during summer.
Altering the daily diet
We all know that being in the pink of health involves taking the appropriate meal at the right time. A case in point, diets that lack enough fiber fan the embers of constipation and constipated related ailments such as acne and hemorrhoid, keeping the pink of health a world away. It is thus important to take fiber rich foods such as whole wheat, buckwheat, bran, carrots, oatmeal and brown rice, to name but a few. If none of the named meals is your cup of tea, you may consider taking fiber supplements such as Citrucel or Metamucil. It is also advisable to take low carb diets which accentuate weight loss and fitness. Obviously, one needs to take at least eight glasses of water per day in order to keep the effects of hemorrhoids at bay. It is also good to take a teaspoonful of aloe Vera oil after every meal.
Sometimes, a surgical operation may be needed to remove the hemorrhoids and the surrounding blood vessels. Rubber band ligation is one of the most common hemorrhoid-combating surgical procedures, where an elastic band is tied at the base of a hemorrhoid, forcing it to shrink. Infrared coagulation, cryosurgery and sclerotherapy are other office procedures which set the wheels of hemorrhoid treatment into motion. Where internal hemorrhoids have prolapsed, stapled hemorrhoidopexy is the way to go. Hemorrhoidectomy is also practiced, especially where external hemorrhoids exist. However, the patients may need to take narcotic analgesics after the procedure. It is worth noting that these surgical procedures are normally successful and safe.
The relationship between hemorrhoids and acne.
There is a strong link between acne and hemorrhoids. Indeed, there exists a very thin line between acne and hemorrhoid causes, symptoms and treatments. For instance, they are both caused majorly by constipation. Severe hemorrhoid attacks may signify an acne attack, and the converse is also true. Consequently, it is important to apply acne treatments whenever one is faced with hemorrhoid attack. Some of the acne treatments are discussed below. The treatments discussed are mainly home remedies, though acne can also be treated through surgical operations.
Honey and cinnamon, avocado, yogurt, milk or straw berries mixture.
The antibacterial characteristics of honey make it a suitable home treatment for acne, especially when it is mixed with either cinnamon, yogurt milk, avocado or strawberries. Cinnamon contains oils that are anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting agents. On the other hand, milk and yogurt produce a soothing sensation that is effective in counteracting the irritation caused by acne bacteria. Straw berries contain salicylic acid which allow dead cells to be shed off and for new ones to grow. Last but not least, avocados contain vitamins and nutrients which are efficient in curing acne. Honey and aspirin mixture is also a good acne-combating solution.
Lemons contain citric acid which is effective in unclogging pores and keeping the skin free pimple-free. They also contain a high level of Vitamin c which is essential in keeping the skin healthy. However, lemon juice needs to be used in fine moderation since its over dosage could lead to dry and dehydrated skin.
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, as it is commonly called, is an antiseptic. Its mixture with water exfoliates the skin by microdermabrasion and regulates the pH balance of the skin. In this case, the baking soda-water mixture is applied to the affected areas for about half an hour. After that, clean water is used to rinse off the mixture.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar regulates the pH balance of the skin, lowering the risk of hemorrhoids pain. It also detoxifies the skin and discourages accumulation of dead skin cells. It contains malic and lactic acids, which are natural skin exfoliating agents and softeners. It dries up excess fats and oils from the human skin. The effects of apple cider vinegar in acne treatment can be emphasized by the application of garlic, papayas, egg whites, raw potatoes, and natural oils like tea tree oil and olive oil. Alternatively, oatmeal, toothpaste or sugar scrub are also effective in combating acne.
In a nutshell, an ounce of prevention is always better than an ounce of cure. For this reason, it is always advisable to prevent hemorrhoid and acne attacks. However, where they are unavoidable, the aforementioned treatments are good to go.