Thursday, February 16, 2012

3 Steps To Quick Hemorrhoid Relief by Angela Schultz

Hemorrhoids usually present an itching, rectal pain and bleeding symptoms. It is a difficult and uncomfortable health problem, especially for those who spend most of their days in a sitting position. Although generally not a serious health problem, hemorrhoids often come with a pain that can be quite unbearable and frustrating. The situation is made even worse by that fact that it can be quite difficult to find an effective relief from hemorrhoids, as most ointments just give quick hemorrhoids relief but without any lasting effect.

Hemorrhoids are vascular structures in the anal canal that aid in stool control. When these structures become inflamed, they develop into an acute disease known as, “piles”. There are two kinds of hemorrhoids - the external hemorrhoid and internal hemorrhoid. External hemorrhoids are felt as bulges in the anus. They can be painful and the accompanying swelling can cause irritation. When blood clots in external hemorrhoids, it can lead to thrombosis and will need medical attention.

In contrast, and as the name implies, internal hemorrhoids occur inside the rectum. Generally, they are not painful and most people are unaware that they have them. Left untreated, bleeding internal hemorrhoids can lead to prolapsed and strangulated hemorrhoids.

Common symptoms of hemorrhoids include itching, irritation, a burning feeling, and bleeding. Although, by itself, hemorrhoids rarely lead to major medical conditions, it still pays to visit a doctor to relieve any discomfort that you might be experiencing. You might also want to try some of these quick hemorrhoid relief methods to stop your condition from worsening.

One quick hemorrhoid relief method is natural topical medicine which you can buy off-the-shelf, or you can prepare on your own. If you prefer the latter, you can try witch hazel and aloe vera. Witch hazel is a medicinal plant whose extracts help with skin cuts, burns, and relief of pain. The extracts of aloe vera, on the other hand, can be made into a gel or a tonic and then applied to the affected area to reduce inflammation as well as lessen the itching and the pain. Keep in mind, however that, although topical medicines can provide instant relief, there is a possibility of a recurrence of your situation after two to three days.

Another quick hemorrhoid relief method is to get a filled ice bag and apply it on the affected area for about fifteen minutes per day. In order to be more effective, you can alternate this with a sitz bath. By doing so, you are allowing the sitz bath to dilate the veins and allow the blood to flow more freely with the ice pack constricting the veins afterwards in order to stimulate the veins.

Taking vitamin E is also one quick hemorrhoid relief method. In hemorrhoid cases, however, vitamin E is not taken orally. The content of the vitamin E capsule is then applied directly to the affected area. For best results, you should do this at least twice a day.

Of course, you should also make it a habit to drink plenty of water as well as eat meat less. You have to remember that meat does not contain fibers and could contribute more to painful bowel movement.