Hemorrhoid problems can begin in a number of ways. Perhaps you initially get constipated. Having diarrhea can be a cause as can being pregnant, going through childbirth, or having to sit for an extended period of time. Sometimes they occur even with no reasonable cause. In many cases, people who have never had any problems with hemorrhoids or varicose veins before suddenly experience problems in those areas.
Hemorrhoids are similar to varicose veins, except that they are in the rectum and the anal area rather than on the legs. There are internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids. If an external hemorrhoid ruptures and forms a blood clot, it is considered a thrombosed hemorrhoid.
Thrombosed hemorrhoids are very painful and may require medical intervention. With the clots causing increased pain, and the potential for extra bleeding, taking care of them sooner rather than later is a good idea.
If you have external hemorrhoids and want to prevent them from becoming thrombosed hemorrhoids, there are a few preventive measures you can take:
- Eat a high fiber diet. This will help make your stools easier to pass and help with digesting food better. High-fiber diets include lots of fruit and vegetables and require possibly taking a fiber supplement until the problem has been resolved.
- Try to have regular bowl habits. Becoming constipated can make the hemorrhoids worse. Making sure that you go regularly and that the stools are softer will help heal your current external hemorrhoids and prevent them from becoming thrombosed hemorrhoids.
- Drink lots of water. It’s important to drink water to aid in digestion and to help make your bowel habits regular and easier to pass.
- Don’t strain while going to the bathroom. Straining will make it worse and may cause the hemorrhoid to become thrombosed.
- Don’t sit for a long time on the toilet.
- Treat your existing hemorrhoids with some home remedies, such as taking warm baths a couple of times a day or drinking water with either apple cider vinegar or cayenne pepper added to it before meals. You could also use vaseline to help soothe the area and try to keep it clean and dry.
- Add a hemorrhoid treatment such as a supplement to your daily routine. There are some all natural supplements available that help heal hemorrhoids and also help prevent them from returning.
- Avoid sitting in one position for excessive amounts of time. If you have a job where you have to sit down all day, try to stand and walk around for 5 minutes every hour or so. Make sure you shift in your seat, taking pressure off the area that is hurting.
- Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge. If you try to hold it, you are more likely to become constipated.
- Talk to your doctor about any ideas he or she might have to help you relieve your symptoms and get rid of the hemorrhoids.
Thrombosed hemorrhoids can easily get very painful and become a bigger problem. If you notice any blood, have trouble with the pain, or experience more pain than you have been, you should talk to your doctor about what the next step should be.
Preventing thrombosed hemorrhoids is easier that treating them. Taking the precautions to make sure your hemorrhoids don’t become thrombosed will be worth the work.