I will add a detailed note on hemorrhoids and some lifestyle changes you can implement to help your condition.
In case you have further clarifications, feel free to ask.
Hemorrhoids also called piles, are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum. Hemorrhoids have a number of causes, but often the cause is unknown.
Important signs and symptoms are as follows
1)Itching or irritation in your anal region
2)Pain or discomfort
3)Swelling around your anus
If the hemorrhoid is thrombosed it may result in severe pain, swelling, inflammation, and a hard lump near your anus.
Hemorrhoids can develop from increased pressure in the lower rectum due to-
1)Straining during bowel movements
2)Having chronic diarrhea or constipation
5)Having anal intercourse
6)Eating a low-fiber diet
7)Regular heavy lifting
8) with increasing age, risk of hemorrhoids increases
Most important tips in managing hemorrhoids include
A)The treatment of hemorrhoids is by a warm sitz bath
B) avoiding straining, keeping the stools soft – best is to use a stool softener like Duphalac.
C) local application of the ointment like proctosedyl, the cream needs to be used before or after a motion, after a sitz bath and at bedtime.
Prevent hemorrhoids by keeping your stools soft, so they pass easily.
1)Increase fibre content in your food-Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Doing so softens the stool and increases its bulk.
2)Increase daily fluid consumption- Drink eight glasses of water and other liquids (not alcohol) each day to help keep stools soft.
3)Consider fiber supplements. OTC fiber supplements, such as psyllium (Metamucil) or methylcellulose (Citrucel), improve overall symptoms and bleeding from hemorrhoids.
4)Avoid straining. Straining when trying to pass a stool creates greater pressure in the veins in the lower rectum.
5)Don’t delay when you feel the urge to pass stools. If you wait to pass a bowel movement and the urge goes away, your stool could dry out and be harder to pass.
6)Daily Exercise. it also helps you lose excess weight that might be contributing to your hemorrhoids.
7) Warm sitz baths; relieves pain and may help decrease the hemorrhoid size. This is done 2-3 times a day for 15 minutes each.
8) Use OTC topical treatments. Apply an over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream or suppository containing hydrocortisone, vasoconstrictors or a numbing agent like xylocaine (like Proctosedyl)
9) You can use acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) if the pain is severe.
With the above measures, symptoms should improve in 3-4 days, in case they don’t kindly see your doctor, especially if severe pain or bleeding is present.
Your doctor, after proper examination, will be able to decide the next course of treatment.
It could as simple as external hemorrhoid thrombectomy or minimally invasive procedures like Rubber band ligation/ sclerotherapy/laser/infrared therapies.
Only in a small percentage of people, surgical procedures like hemorrhoidectomy or hemorrhoid stapling would be required.
I hope this information was helpful.
If you have further questions feel free to ask. I would be glad to clarify.