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10 Tips for Dealing with Recurring Hemorrhoids

Recurring Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectum or anus, which can feel like itching, pain, and discomfort. They can be caused by straining during bowel movements, constipation, sitting for long periods, pregnancy, and other factors. Here’s more about how to deal with recurring hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoid Signs and Symptoms

Hemorrhoids can occur inside or outside the body. Internal hemorrhoids form inside the anus or rectum. External hemorrhoids form outside the anus. Signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the anus or rectum
  • Bright red blood in the stool or on toilet paper
  • Anal itching
  • A lump near the anus, which may be sensitive or painful
  • A feeling of fullness or pressure in the anus

Hemorrhoid Diagnosis

Diagnosing hemorrhoids usually begins with a physical examination and a medical history review. Visual examination of your anus may be sufficient to diagnose hemorrhoids. Your doctor may perform a digital rectal examination to look for abnormalities to confirm the diagnosis and determine the extent and severity of the hemorrhoids.

During this exam, your doctor will insert a gloved and lubricated finger into your rectum. Your doctor may also order additional tests such as an anoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy, which use a small camera to diagnose abnormalities in the anus, rectum, or colon.

Hemorrhoid Treatment

Generally, treatment for hemorrhoids will depend on the severity of the symptoms. Treatment can range from simple self-care measures like keeping the area clean and using over-the-counter creams to more invasive procedures like rubber band ligation or surgical removal. Your doctor can help you determine the best treatment for your specific situation.

10 Tips for Dealing with Recurring Hemorrhoids

Unfortunately, for some people, hemorrhoids can become a recurring issue. Here are ten tips to help you manage recurring hemorrhoids.

1. Keep the area clean

Regularly washing the anus with warm water and mild soap can help reduce itching and irritation. Avoid harsh soaps, as they can dry the skin and worsen symptoms.

2. Use over-the-counter creams and ointments

There are many over-the-counter creams and ointments that can help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids. Look for hydrocortisone products, which can help reduce itching and swelling.

3. Use a warm compress

Applying a warm compress, such as a warm cloth or a warm sitz bath, can help relieve the discomfort associated with hemorrhoids. Soak in the warm water for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day.

4. Avoid straining during bowel movements

Straining during bowel movements can make hemorrhoids worse. To avoid straining, make sure you have a soft, easy-to-pass stool. This can be achieved by eating a high-fiber diet and drinking plenty of water.

5. Avoid sitting for long periods

Sitting for long periods can increase pressure on the rectum and anus, making hemorrhoids worse. Try to get up and move around every hour or so.

6. Exercise regularly

Regular exercise can help reduce the risk of developing hemorrhoids. It also helps keep the body moving, reducing pressure on the rectum and anus.

7. Lose weight

Being overweight can increase the risk of developing hemorrhoids. Losing weight can help reduce the pressure on the rectum and anus, which can help prevent hemorrhoids from recurring.

8. Avoid lifting heavy objects

Lifting heavy objects can increase the pressure on the rectum and anus, making hemorrhoids worse. If you need to lift something heavy, use proper lifting techniques to reduce the risk of straining.

9. Consider using a stool softener

A stool softener can make it easier if you have difficulty passing stool. A softer stool can reduce the risk of straining during bowel movements.

10. See a doctor

If your hemorrhoids are causing significant discomfort, it is important to see a doctor. They can examine you and determine the best course of treatment, which may include prescription medications, lifestyle changes, or minimally invasive procedures.

Take Control of Your Symptoms

Recurring hemorrhoids can be frustrating and uncomfortable, but there are many ways to manage them. If your symptoms persist or worsen, it is important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

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