Hemorrhoids… they are painful, unpleasant and extremely irritating. Besides being a cause for a major problem such as bleeding, the most bothersome side-effect you must live with is itching.
Although treating hemorrhoids does take some time, some of its symptoms can be done away with in a short period of time. I will show you how to stop hemorrhoids from itching (or at least lessen the severity of the itch).
For starters, here are few things you can do…
Don’t let the area be dry
One of the major reasons for the nasty hemorrhoid itching is dryness in “that” area. Now, there are many reason for your bottom to get dry, and some of them are a direct result of excess mucus or “cleansers” that are rough.
For example, internal hemorrhoid can cause excess mucus to be produced, and this mucus goes out the anus and removes moisture from the affected area, therefore cause itchiness. In addition, most of the soaps we use contains Sodium Hydroxide, also known as Caustic Soda, a chemical that causes your skin to lose water. So to start, it would help to stop using soaps that contain this chemical .
Keep the area clean
This may sound like common sense but this is vital! The most simple way to treat itching is to keep your “anal zone” free from rubbish (fecal scrapings for example).
Here’s what you can do; Fill your bathtub with warm water, add some DREFT baby detergent and soak in it. You don’t have to take a full-bath, just soak in the warm water (you can substitute Deft detergent with the some of the herbs mentioned in the previous article).
Stop scratching your area
Again, it sounds simple and rational, but most people do not adhere to the “no scratch” rule. It is a natural reaction to scratch an itchy area of the skin and it my even bring some initial relief, but you have to know that your rectal area is already inflamed and if you scratch it, it’ll be even more irritated.
The right diet for treating hemorrhoids
This method of treating hemorrhoids is called “conservative therapy” and has been extremely beneficial for patients who have had to deal with first degree hemorrhoids.
A lot of medical practitioners use this in combination with other remedies for all types of hemorrhoids. Never underestimate a method just because it’s natural or because it does not conform to “western” medicine. Conservative therapy is one of the safest and most effective healing process which focuses primarily on diet and behavior modifications.
When it comes to diet, fiber is your friend. Dieticians and Nutritional Doctors usually recommend that you includes 20-30 grams of fiber per day.
You can obtain that much fiber by eating foods that are high in fiber, such as fruits, raw vegetables, oat bran etc. And if you are not inclined to such a diet, or would like to simplify, you can consume supplements to solve this problem. Some of the more popular ones are…
Vitafusion Fiber Gummies
Just don’t expect the fiber supplements to fix the problem for good.
Avoid foods that cause constipation such as chocolate, caffeine, cheese and dairy products like milk and yogurts. If you also suffer from diarrhea, treat that first. You may have to to take both fiber and anti-diarrhea substances.
Now bear with me here because I will get a wee bit techincal here. There are some foods that can increase the alkaline pH of your stool (aka, your bodily waste that is ejected from your behind). This will cause irritation in the rectal area (hemorrhoidal itching).
The list of those foods are: coffee, tea, cola (or any kind of pop or soda), citrus fruits and juices, beer, tomatoes, onions and nuts. I realize that it can be overwhelming to try to avoid so many things for a hemorrhoids patient, but it’s necessary to stick with the plan if you want to cure hemorrhoids completely.
Since I have given you a large list of foods that you should not eat, it’s only fair that I give you a checklist of foods that you can – and should – eat.
You are probably already aware that beans contain a lot of fiber and protein.
Pears are extremely fiber-rich. Just make sure to eat them with the skin on. The skin is actually one of the leading sources of fiber in pears. A medium-size unpeeled pear consists of about 6-7 grams of fiber.
Just one boiled artichoke can contain up to a whopping 14 grams of fiber.
Oats contain beta glucan, a unique form of fiber which has adequate cholesterol-lowering effects and can also boost your immune functions.
A single serving of raspberries can provide you with a 1/3 of your daily fiber requirement, not to mention that these juicy fruits are full of anti-oxidants.
Blech! you say… But hey, this vegetable has about 5 grams of fiber in one cup of boiled (or steamed) broccoli. Pretty good if you ask me!
The taste of brown rice may take some getting used, specially if you have been strictly a consumer of white rice (like myself) – but trust me, it’s worth the switch. Not only is brown rice rich in fiber, it has twice the iron, 3 times as much Vitamin B3, and 10 times the Vitamin b6 as white rice.
Guacamole anyone?? One avocado is loaded with about about 10 grams of fiber, plus it has “good fat” the kind which can help reduce cholesterol levels and lower heart-disease.
So there you go… hopefully, some of these tips will aid you in relieving the hemorrhoids itching.
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