Hemorrhoids are the varicose veins in the anus and rectum, but the other name for hemorrhoids is the piles. Because of several reasons, the blood vessels that are in the anal canal become swollen and inflamed. Probably every person suffers from this condition at least once in the life. However, it usually happens after 45 years of age, although it can occur in youth as well.
Types of hemorrhoids and their symptoms
Hemorrhoids can be internal, if occurring in the anal cavity, and external, if they are outside the anus. The most common symptoms of the internal hemorrhoids are painless bleeding, itching and irritation around the anus. Furthermore, the feeling of fullness with constant urge for bowel movement, painful lump and swelling around anus when the hemorrhoids prolapse may also appear as the symptoms of this condition. On the other hand, the most obvious warning sign of external hemorrhoids is a bulge that can be felt under touch. In the majority of cases, the external hemorrhoids are painful and itchy.
Hemorrhoids vs. anal fissures
Many people tend to mistake hemorrhoids for anal fissures and vise versa. The anal fissure is a small painful tear in the anus area, and it can cause bleeding, too, which is why many people mistaken it for hemorrhoids. The main difference between these two conditions is that hemorrhoids cause painless bleeding, while anal fissures are painful with every bowel movement.
Natural remedies for hemorrhoids
Since hemorrhoids can be very annoying and unpleasant, it is very important to know some natural remedies that we can apply in order to get rid of them as fast as possible and without going to a doctor. First of all, it is crucial to consume much fiber because it is very effective in reducing bleeding, itching and pain. Fiber is good because it soften the stools. The foods rich in fiber are vegetables and whole grains. There is also a fiber supplement, psyllium, which can be also consumed. However, when one consumes fiber supplements, it is important to drink as much water as possible.
To strengthen the walls of the blood vessels and to reduce the inflammation, bioflavonoids such as diosmin, herperidin, and oxerutins are highly recommended. They can be found in citrus fruits. Witch hazel cream is also very beneficial in treating hemorrhoids. This cream should be applied directly on them. Butcher's Broom is a plant that is very good for the hemorrhoids when they are caused by poor circulation. This remedy is available in the form of capsule, or it can be consumed as tea. Reducing the swelling and inflammation, and strengthening the blood vessel walls can be achieved with Horse chestnut. It can be consumed as tea or in the form of capsule, but also it can be applied directly on the hemorrhoids as a compress.