KOMPAS.com – Hemorrhoids is inflammation of the blood vessels in the anus and rectum. Symptoms can include pain, itching, rectal bleeding, and even feeling difficult when sitting.
Hemorrhoids can be internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids develop inside the anus or rectum. While hemorrhoids externally developing outside the anus. These external hemorrhoids are the most common and the most troublesome.
“First, be aware that hemorrhoids usually don’t hurt, but they can bleed painlessly, says colorectal surgeon Massarat Zutshi, MD.
Also, if the hemorrhoids have blood clots (or become thrombosed), they can be very painful.
However, there are several ways you can do to reduce the pain of hemorrhoids. Here are four natural ways you can do it:
1. Sit soaking in warm water
Generally, experts recommend that people with hemorrhoids manage pain by sitting in a warm bath for 15 minutes, several times a day – especially after having a bowel movement.
This treatment is arguably one of the best treatments. Pharmacies usually sell small basins that fit over the toilet so that you can soak the anal area comfortably.
2. Psyllium Remember
Psyllium husk is a supplement that helps increase fiber intake, which aims to soften the stool, making it easier to pass.
However, Zutshi advised not to add too much fiber, too fast, because it can also cause bloating or stomach cramps.
Use this only to soften stools and make bowel movements more regular. Make sure to drink plenty of water if you are taking this supplement.
3. Aloe vera
Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve inflammatory hemorrhoids. Although there hasn’t been any specific research on the benefits of aloe vera for hemorrhoids, several benefits for other inflammatory skin conditions have been shown.
Aloe vera is safe to try, but don’t add any other ingredients or creams.
4. Epsom salt and glycerin
This lesser known home remedy can help relieve painful hemorrhoids.
Use the following simple ingredients to make a compound that can be applied directly to the inflamed area:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with 2 tablespoons of glycerin.
- Apply the mixture to the gauze and place on the sore area.
- Leave this application on the area for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Repeat every four to six hours until the pain subsides.
In addition to the three methods above, some people believe acidic apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil can also be useful in reducing pain in hemorrhoids.
However, Zutshi said, there has been no specific research that has studied this, so it should be avoided, to prevent new problems from arising.
He also suggests consulting a doctor and getting the right diagnosis when it appears symptoms of hemorrhoids.
“It’s important to see a doctor and be aware of any bleeding, especially if you’ve never had hemorrhoids before,” he said.
To help treat and prevent hemorrhoids, Zutshi emphasized the importance of eating enough fiber (25 grams a day for women, 38 grams a day for men) and drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.
These dietary changes can make stool easier to pass and prevent the problem from recurring.