Do you have swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that cause discomfort and bleeding? Don’t worry! As painful as it sounds, it is a fairly common health issue and there are multiple ways to prevent it. However, that does not take away from the seriousness of the issue. If you believe you are experiencing some of the symptoms of hemorrhoids such as itchiness or swelling, I encourage you to read the following five ways to prevent such a problem from happening again. Even if you are not currently diagnosed with hemorrhoids, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Be prepared and stay informed.
Since it is a self-diagnosable health issue, here are 5 ways to prevent hemorrhoids:
- Eat More Fiber – Fiber in your diet softens stool and makes it less bulky and dense, helping you to pass it more easily without strain. To increase your fiber intake, eating fresh fruits and vegetables are a simple and great way to do so. It is recommended that 25 to 30 grams of fiber are taken daily. If you think you might have trouble fulfilling this goal solely by relying on healthy foods, try a psyllium husk fiber supplement.
- Drink More Water – Drinking a sufficient amount of water is essential because, without it, the increased fiber intake will cause bloating and gas. You should drink 6 to 8 glasses to keep your stool soft. Although this may seem overwhelming, there is no harm in maintaining this practice. Drinking more water helps all aspects of your body from your heart to your skin.
- Elevate – When sitting on the toilet, elevating your feet on a step stool changes the position of your rectum so there is an easier passage of the stool.
- Don’t Delay – When you feel the urge, go to the bathroom immediately. Waiting for a more convenient time will only worsen constipation, aggravating the hemorrhoids. However, this does not imply forcing bowel movements as it will create unnecessary strain on the anus and lower rectum. If you know might be in a position where and when a bathroom is not easily accessible, plan ahead.
- CRH Banding – If none of the home remedies listed above help to reduce your hemorrhoids and you find that they only temporarily suppress the pain, the treatment of CRH Banding is always an option. This quick procedure (only 3 to 5 minutes in duration) removes all of the symptoms of hemorrhoids. It involves inserting the rubber band ligator in the patient’s rectum, allowing the doctor to target the hemorrhoidal complexes.
Dr. Rajesh Padmanabhan is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Padmanabhan practices in Dallas-Fort Worth and Arlington Texas. Named Top10MD in 2015 an honor only 1-in- 3 doctors succeed within the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Padmanabhan link to his profile or call his office today at 817-466- 7400.