Finding the right hemorrhoid remedies is not generally hard if you know your own body. You can eliminate them for good if you treat the cause, which also helps get rid of the symptoms.
Hemorrhoids are your body’s way of telling you something’s not quite right. The good news is that the condition is not usually life threatening and can be easy to treat.
This is medically what a hemorrhoid looks like internally and externally. They are sometimes visible and sometimes not visible, but you know they are there because of the sensations of burning and itching!
Many people panic when they see blood in the toilet or on their toilet paper. Their first thought is cancer. While bleeding hemorrhoids are not a sign of cancer for most people, they can still cause alarm. When hemorrhoids bleed, most of the time the condition is not serious but does require your attention. Many medications work well to help control them, but only treat the symptoms, not the cause. If you want to get to the root of the problem, you must treat the cause!
A hemorrhoid is your body's way of telling you that you're not getting enough fiber in your diet. When you're getting enough fiber to help push things along, you have regular bowel movements.
However, when blood flow is restricted, the veins become inflamed. Poor blood flow may cause a blood clot. That often results in a painful, swollen, protruding, and/or bleeding hemorrhoids. You will need some good hemorrhoid remedies if the problems persist.
Lifestyle changes and challenges can lead to hemorrhoids. Contributors include:
If you are constipated and use a laxative to help control hemorrhoids, you can set yourself up for more grief later in life. Laxatives might seem like a good fix, but over time, your body can become dependent on them for proper elimination and you may have to take them for the rest of your life. This is not good. Imagine living in a nursing home and having to ask for MOM (Milk of Magnesia) everyday!
Hemorrhoids can be either internal or external. External hemorrhoid symptoms can be itching and burning or none at all. Streaks of blood may appear in the toilet or on toilet paper after bowel movements. Internal hemorrhoid symptoms are rectal bleeding and intense pain or itching. Internal hemorrhoids often protrude and become external. The presence of mucus and/or blood in the stools is also a sign of internal hemorrhoids.
Many pregnant women develop hemorrhoids, especially in the latent trimesters of pregnancy. Hemorrhoids happen as babies grow larger in the womb. Consequently, their weight adds lots of pressure on a woman's organs, especially the intestinal tract. After babies are born, hemorrhoids tend to disappear all by themselves. If you experience bleeding hemorrhoids during pregnancy, you do need to consult your Gynecologist to determine the right hemorrhoid remedies for you.
Alcohol consumption has also been linked to bleeding hemorrhoids. Alcohol increases pressure in the lower intestines and thins the blood. Thin blood can cause the blood vessels located in the anus to burst more easily. Excesses of alcohol can cause them to bleed but sometimes even just one alcoholic drink can cause them to erupt.
I recently had a several bouts of bleeding hemorrhoids this past summer that shocked me. I've had hemorrhoids in the past but never bleeding hemorrhoids. Heck fire, I thought I was getting my period! Once I started to examine my regular schedule, I was able to determine the cause.
Although I tried everything, my bleeding hemorrhoid just kept coming back until a (sorta) funny thing happened. I was just about to go have my hemorrhoid removed (hemorrhoidectomy - A physician cuts out the blood clot and that helps to resolve it), when I got an eye infection. The eye drops my doctor prescribed weren't working, so she decided to give me a steroid shot. After the shot, not only did my eye clear up, but the blood clot disappeared and the bleeding hemorrhoid resolved. (The steroid shot dried up the blood clot that was causing the hemorrhoid in the first place.)
If you are experiencing some of the same hemorrhoidal symptoms, you might want to consider asking your physician about getting a steroid shot for it. Its one of the fastest bleeding hemorrhoids remedies that really worked well! (I hope this helps someone cause it's totally embarrassing:o)
Medical Bleeding Hemorrhoid Remedies
Rubber Band Ligation - Elastic bands are wrapped around the base of a hemorrhoid to cut off its blood supply. Within several days, the hemorrhoid dies and falls off. Some patients experience pain and bleeding after the treatment. Since this method does not address the cause of hemorrhoids, they can come back.
Infrared Coagulation - Infrared beam is used to burn off tissues to cut off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid. Five to six treatments (one per week) are necessary. Although it's advertised as pain-free, many patients complain of intense pain during treatment. Since it does not cure the cause, hemorrhoids can easily reappear.
Hemorrhoidectomy - a surgical procedure that removes hemorrhoids. Statistics have shown that this treatment may cause incontinence later in life so it is recommended only for severe cases. Many patients complain of intense pain during recovery, so it should be the last resort.
All of these procedures are painful, expensive, and embarrassing. They do not address the source of the problem and therefore may not be effective in the long term. Because they do not treat the source of your problems, you may seek an additional bleeding hemorrhoid remedies that treat them.
Simple home hemorrhoid remedies are to apply Bag Balm or Petroleum Jelly to them to reduce pain and itching. There are also herbal and natural remedies as well. Neem oil contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is a good pain reliever and keeps the affected area bacteria free.
It is important to know that whatever medication you choose to use, whether it is conventional or herbal, it is crucial to change your dietary habits. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol if you need to, add more fiber rich food in your diet, and exercise more! A healthier lifestyle should help them a lot!
Natural Hemorrhoid Remedies
Use Apple Cider Vinegar - Drink several glasses of diluted apple cider vinegar (1 T. apple cider vinegar with 12 ounces of water) during the day. Drink the vinegar water frequently, even in between meals. One of my girlfriends tried this simple hemorrhoid remedies treatment and it worked great for her so give it a try! Alternately, you can also soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and apply it directly on the affected area.
If you don't like the taste of vinegar and want to reap the benefits, take apple cider vinegar supplements. They are recommended for weight loss, so its like getting a double bonus!
Use Herbal Remedies - Many herbs can also be used as hemorrhoid remedies, such as Butcher's Broom, Horse Chestnut, and Bilberry, as well as Vitamin E. Try products like Hem-Relief for Hemorrhoids and Hemaron Natural Hemorrhoids Treatment. These contain many of the herbs mentioned above.
Try Colloidal Silver - Colloidal Silver is a potent antibiotic and can be safely used as a hemorrhoid remedies treatment.
Try soaking a cotton ball in colloidal silver and place the cotton ball on the anus for around 6 to 10 minutes. You should see the effect in a few hours time. Repeat this if necessary. More serious hemorrhoids may need several applications. For internal hemorrhoids, you would need to insert the cotton ball in the anus to have the best effect.
Colloidal silver can also be applied directly to cuts, scrapes, and open sores, or on a bandage for warts. It can be applied on eczema, itches, acne, or bug bites. To purify water, add one tablespoon per gallon, shake well and wait six minutes. Mixed this way, it's tasteless. Some have used colloidal silver in a nasal spray mister - to reach the sinuses and nasal passages. It can also be used for topical use on kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Colloidal silver is painless on cuts, abrasions, on open wounds, and in the nostrils for a stuffy nose. It's excellent as an underarm deodorant, since most underarm odor is caused by bacteria being released by the sweat glands!
Use Cayenne Pepper - Cayenne peppers have the ability to reduce pain and stop bleeding. Just mix a teaspoon of cayenne pepper with a glass of water and drink it. Do this several times a day to reduce bleeding.
Try Vitamin K - Overt vitamin K deficiency results in impaired blood clotting, usually demonstrated by laboratory tests that measure prothrombin timing. (Clotting time.) Symptoms include easy bruising and bleeding that may be manifested as nosebleeds, bleeding gums, blood in the urine, blood in the stool, tarry black stools, or extremely heavy menstrual bleeding. In infants, vitamin K deficiency may result in life-threatening bleeding within the skull (intracranial hemorrhage).
Food Serving Vitamin K (mcg)
Olive oil 1 Tablespoon 8.1
Soybean oil 1 Tablespoon 25.0
Canola oil 1 Tablespoon 16.6
Mayonnaise 1 Tablespoon 3.7
Broccoli, cooked 1 cup (chopped) 220
Kale, raw 1 cup (chopped) 547
Spinach, raw 1 cup 145
Leaf lettuce (green), raw 1 cup (shredded) 62.5
Swiss chard, raw 1 cup 299
Watercress, raw 1 cup (chopped) 85
Parsley, raw 1/4 cup 246
Bacteria that normally colonize the large intestine synthesize Vitamin K2, which is an active form of vitamin K. Until recently it was thought that up to 50 percent of the human vitamin K requirement might be met by bacterial synthesis. However, research indicates that the contribution of bacterial synthesis is much less than previously thought, although the exact contribution remains unclear.
In the U.S., vitamin K1 is available without a prescription in multivitamin form and other supplements in doses that generally range from 10-120 mcg. Another form of vitamin K2, called menatetrenone, has been used to treat osteoporosis in Japan and is currently under study in the United States.
Probiotics - If you suffer from chronic constipation, they just might be your best choice in hemorrhoid remedies. Probiotics help keep the intestines flowing by replacing the bad bacteria with beneficial bacteria. Constipation happens when the bowels cease to move and then the fluids within the bowels get absorbed by the intestines. This leaves you with a hard stool, blocking the way. Straining trying to move them causes hemorrhoids to form.
Cold Hemorrhoidal Suppositories - Keeping your suppositories in the refrigerator or freezer is a good idea and one of the best hemorrhoid remedies. Cold shrinks/reduces inflammation and suppositories kept cold are much easier to insert therefore a lot less messy. Use a bit of KY Gel before inserting for pain free application. If you buy the generic brands, you will save a lot of money!
Many of these hemorrhoid remedies are easy to implement and can really help! If bleeding persists over prolonged periods of time, please consult your physician.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.