Curing Hemorrhoids

Medical science has made great strides in the past century, and a number of maladies that used to be fatal are easily controlled or cured. Unfortunately, there are still some conditions that have managed to defy medical science. The common cold continues to plague all of us and unfortunately, so do hemorrhoids. Curing hemorrhoids has so far proven to be a difficult problem for doctors and scientists.

Hemorrhoids are the result of swollen veins in the anal area, and can appear either on the inside or the outside of the anal canal. They can occur as a result of a number of causes:

  • Stress. Stress can often result in the body not working as it should and the digestive system is particularly susceptible to disruption as a result of stress. Job problems, marital problems, or any other source of stress can lead to hemorrhoids.
  • Constipation. The process of straining during a bowel movement can lead to the emergence of hemorrhoids. This is one of the most common causes, and the modern diet tends to make this situation worse.
  • Genetic causes. Some people are simply more likely than others to have hemorrhoid problems as a result of their genetics.
  • Obesity. People who are overweight are more likely to be hemorrhoid sufferers than people who maintain a healthy body weight.

There is, at present, no way of curing hemorrhoids, though treatments are available. The most drastic of these is surgery, which is necessary about 10% of the time. But surgery isn't a cure for hemorrhoids, as they can occur again after surgery.

There are several other treatments that work well for easing the discomfort of hemorrhoidal swelling:

  • High-fiber diet. This may be the best way to avoid the problem of anal swelling over the long term. Constipation is a frequent cause of hemorrhoids, as straining during a bowel movement can lead to swelling of veins in the anal area. A diet that is high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and beans can help soften the stool and minimize straining. If you adopt a high-fiber diet, you should be sure to drink plenty of water and/or juice to keep the stool soft. Try to avoid coffee and alcohol, as these are diuretics that tend to dehydrate you and will make a bad situation worse.
  • Sitz baths. A warm bath of fifteen to twenty minutes, once or twice a day can provide a lot of comfort for hemorrhoid sufferers. Be sure to avoid any strong or perfumed soaps that may irritate your sensitive areas.
  • Over the counter medicine. There are a number of over the counter medications that can provide relief for hemorrhoid symptoms. While not a cure, they can minimize both swelling and discomfort.
Should symptoms persist over a long period of time or should you encounter rectal bleeding, you should see a doctor. Such symptoms could be indicators of a more serious condition.  Most people, however, do just fine with baths, a diet change, and nonprescription products, such as Venapro.

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