Living life in pain is not fun. Taking control of the pain, doing what you can to eliminate it, and preventing it from coming back may be more than you can think about when you are facing the pain day in and day out. If the pain you are experiencing is from hemorrhoids, then you are not alone. Millions of adults experience hemorrhoid problems, and more than half of all adults will by the time they are in their golden years. That is quite a large percentage.
However, even though hemorrhoids are so common, they make people uncomfortable to talk about them, and even more uncomfortable to talk about their own problems with them. Hemorrhoids are one of those things that we like to keep private. Unfortunately, dealing with these things open and honestly may be the best remedy.
The first thing to do if you want to find relief from your hemorrhoid pain and itch is to make sure that’s what the problem is. If you have had any bleeding, or severe pain, you should see a doctor to make sure that’s the only problem you have.
You can treat the pain and itch with simple things that you may even have in your home already. The first thing to do is to soften your stools. Having hard to pass stools will irritate the already painful tissue. There are several ways to do this. You can take a stool softener for a short period of time. Powdered mineral oil works quite well, and it’s safe to use for some time. Cascara sagrada (available at your health food store) is another good one. For the long term, change your diet a bit to include fiber rich foods. Throughout the process, you should also increase your liquid intake. This will help you get your bowel movements under control, and also help the damaged tissue heal. Water is a good way to start, but there are several other ways to get the liquids you need and get hemorrhoid relief at the same time. Milk that has been boiled with a mashed banana is a great way to relieve the pain, and it can be a real treat if you love warm milk. A vegetable-based juice made with spinach, watercress, turnip leaves, and carrots is also a great way to stay hydrated and get some hemorrhoid relief.
In addition to treating yourself internally, you may want to use some external treatments too. If your hemorrhoids are external, using an ice compress may offer some relief. Ice also helps with inflammation. If you can get Flowers of Sulfur at your local herb shop, add it to a tablespoon of petroleum jelly. Apply it twice per day.
Keep in mind that getting relief from hemorrhoid pain may mean that you will have to talk to someone about it. Your doctor will be able to offer you some helpful hints if you open up and talk about it. Using a specialized hemorrhoid treatment is also a great option, and may give you the relief you want. There are many good hemorrhoid treatments that are all natural and have no known side effects. They can help relieve your symptoms, and act as a prevention to future hemorrhoid problems. Take a look at all available treatments before making your selection.
Hemorrhoid relief may be easier than you might think.