Hemorrhoids are pretty hard to take sitting down or even standing up. With the majority of our workforce behind desks for hours on end, hemorrhoids cause quite a problem in the lives of millions of people every year. Yet hemorrhoids are for the most part an ailment we can avoid if we alter our eating habits and drink more water. Even if it’s too late and you’re suffering from a bad case of hemorrhoids, there are a few measures you can take that can alleviate the agony.
- Drink Up - Your bodily systems are mainly waterways. Your digestive tract is certainly no exception, so drinking lots of water helps everything run a lot smoother if traffic is stopped up. Juicy fruits and vegetables do the trick, too.
- Fiber, Fiber, Fiber - This preventative measure is so obvious they even tell you about it in hemorrhoid treatment commercials. Fiber is essentially water-absorbing organic matter the body can’t digest, which when eaten, result in softer stool which can more easily be expelled. Foods high in fiber include whole wheat, rye, rice, beans, lentils, carrots, eggplant, cabbage, corn, lettuce, apples, oranges, apricots and raisins.
- Take ‘Er Easy - If you have a couple rough rides ahead, don’t press the issue. Straining hard stool out from your body causes blood vessels to rupture around the anus, which can lead to hemorrhoids. Start drinking lots of water and have patience. Avoiding excessive straining is the best way to avoid getting hemorrhoids.
- Cushion Your Tush - Once you have hemorrhoids, it’s simply a matter of containing the damage and easing the pain. If you are seated for the majority of your week, you should purchase a donut cushion to sit on. This will keep pressure off the troubled area.
- Rinse Don’t Rub - This is probably the biggest adjustment hemorrhoid sufferers are forced to make, but you should really avoid wiping your anus after a bowel movement. Using a bidet would be optimum, but since they’re few and far between in this country try hopping in the shower, if possible. If a shower isn’t possible, wipe with a damp disposable cloth.
- Sitz On It - If you’re plagued with hemorrhoids, you should attempt a Sitz bath after every bowel movement, if possible. It’s essentially a low-volume warm water bath the sufferer sits in for ten to fifteen minutes. This relieves the pain and reduces any recurring inflammation.
Battling hemorrhoids takes foresight and patience. Eat the right foods and drink lots of water if you’re at high risk of getting hemorrhoids. And if they show up, be prepared to adjust your daily routine . If you stick with your new routine, you’ll be sitting pretty again in no time.
This is a guest post by Jessica Wagner, a freelancer writer from San Diego, CA.