Reduce your chances of getting hemorrhoids and help relieve your hemorrhoid symptoms with these helpful hints:
- Try to avoid heavy lifting and straining.
- Don’t strain or push too hard while going to the bathroom.
- Don’t hold it when you need to go. If you feel the need to have a bowel movement, don’t wait too long. Your stool will get drier and harder the longer you wait.
- Take 10–minute baths in warm water a couple of times a day. The water doesn’t need to be very deep — just enough to cover your bum.
- Gently clean your bum after each bowel movement with moist toilet paper or wipes.
- If your hemorrhoids are very swollen, put an ice pack on them.
- If you have a very painful flare-up, try to stay off your feet as much as possible.
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Hemorrhoids can be caused, or made worse, by constipation. But don’t worry! There are a few things you can do to avoid it.
Eat a fibre-rich diet: fibre is important because it helps keep your stools soft. To get more fibre in your diet, eat lots of fresh fruit, leafy vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals. You should avoid eating low-fibre foods like ice cream, cheese, white bread and meat.
Stay hydrated: constipation can also be caused by not drinking enough fluids. Try and stay hydrated during the day. Remember alcohol and caffeine can cause dehydration. Eight glasses of water is the recommended rule of thumb.
Exercise is a must.
Exercise helps to move stools through your body and helps prevent constipation. It can also help reduce the pressure on the veins in your bum. Pressure can increase when you’re sitting or standing for long periods of time. And, of course, exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, which is important because being overweight is one of the risk factors that can cause hemorrhoids.
Hygiene is key.
To avoid irritating your hemorrhoids, it’s important to clean your bum after each bowel movement. You can use moistened toilet paper or wipes (either baby wipes or special wipes for hemorrhoids). Try not to wipe too much. Sometimes washing your bum in the bath or shower after bowel movements can help if your hemorrhoids are especially painful. To protect your bum from further irritation, try and keep the area clean and dry.