Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that form around the anus or lower rectum that can form internally inside of the rectum, or externally around the anal opening.
Hemorrhoids are very common, 75 percent of all people will suffer from hemorrhoids at one one of their life and are easy to treat. However, if Hemorrhoids are left untreated and unmanaged for can cause pain, itchiness that can affect the quality of your life.
How long will my hemorrhoid last?
Most hemorrhoids are small and will clear up after a few days without treatment, though you may need to consider making some diet and lifestyle changes.
However, if the hemorrhoids are internal and large, they may last for weeks and require treatment before they are able to heal.
How can I treat my hemorrhoids?
The great news about hemorrhoids is that lifestyle changes may help you heal from them faster. Consider adding more high-fiber foods to your diet so that you are able to pass your stools without straining, which can often exacerbate your hemorrhoids.
Doctors also recommend relieving yourself as soon as you feel the need to go and stay on the toilet only as long as you need to do. After you pass a bowel movement, wash the area around your anus with a moist wipe and consider an occasional warm bath around your anal area.
If you still need more aid, over-the-counter drugs like preparation H have proven to be effective in treating hemorrhoids.
How do I prevent future hemorrhoids?
Once you’ve had hemorrhoids, it is likely that you will suffer from them again. About 1 out of 231 people who suffered from hemorrhoids suffered from hemorrhoids again in the future.
To combat this, doctors strongly recommend:
- Getting your daily fiber intake of 25 grams a day for women and 38 grams of fiber a day for men.
- Exercising Regularly, which means exercising at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise like a brisk walk a week, and at least 2 strength-based exercises a week.
- Managing your weight so that you are not overweight or obese, which can cause strain on your bowel movements
If you have any other questions on hemorrhoids, it might be time to speak with your medical professional