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Hemorrhoids – How To Prevent Them

February 3, 2013

Hemorrhoids are a very common ailment in today’s world of junk food, stress and lifestyle.  About half of adults by the age of 50 have had problems with discomfort, itching and bleeding which can indicate the possibility of hemorrhoids being present.

Thankfully, there are many effective natural treatment and medical options available for hemorrhoids.  Most sufferers can ease and get relief from symptoms simply by using home remedies and lifestyle changes.

What They Are

HemorrhoidsIf suffering from hemorrhoids, you will probably want to understand “what are hemorrhoids” and what can be done in the way of hemorrhoids treatment.

Everyone has veins in their anus and lower rectum, but the problem arises when they become swollen and inflamed.  This can result from the increased pressure on these veins or from straining during bowel movements, outlined by the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

They can either or both be located inside your rectum (internal hemorrhoids), or they can develop around your anus (external hemorrhoids).

How to Prevent Them

The clinically proven way to help prevent hemorrhoids is to ensure that your stools are kept soft, so enabling them to pass effortlessly. Here are a few tips to reduce your hemorrhoids symptoms:

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  • Prevention Tip #1: Drink plenty of fluids; take 6-8 glasses of water and liquids (no alcohol) every day which softens your stools.
  • Prevention Tip #2: Consume high-fiber foods; take more whole grains, vegetables and fruits, which soften and increases stools bulk, so avoiding you having to strain with constipation.
  • Prevention Tip #3: Try fiber supplements; to ensure you get the recommended 20 to 35 grams of fiber in your daily diet, studies show that they improve bleeding symptoms and help to keep your stools soft and regular.
  • Prevention Tip #4: Have regular bowel movements; go with the urge and don’t wait to pass your stool, as this can make them dry and harder to pass.
  • Prevention Tip #5: Avoid straining; holding your breath and forcing when you try passing a stool creates more pressure in the anus veins in your lower rectum.
  • Prevention Tip #6: Don’t stand or sit long periods; as this can increase the pressure on the veins in your anus, and by exercising regularly, this will help immensely.


By eating a healthy diet and staying active will help prevent constipation and so reduce the pressure on veins, and also help you lose any excess weight which can all contribute to your hemorrhoids problem.

Treatment Remedies Steps

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Typically, hemorrhoids treatment involves home remedies that you can take on your own like soothing sitz baths in combination with lifestyle changes outlined above.

However, sometimes it’s necessary for medication or surgical intervention procedures especially when other treatment forms are having little effect, so your doctor may recommend the following:

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  • Medication: when you only have mild discomfort; they can temporarily relieve pain and itching with over-the-counter creams, ointments, suppositories or pads.
  • Invasive Procedures: when you have external, and or excessive pain bleeding; they remove the clot with a simple incision, rubber band ligation, injection (sclerotherapy), or coagulation (infrared, laser or bipolar) all of which can be performed in your doctor’s office or outpatients.
  • Surgical procedures: when you have large hemorrhoids with little success from other treatments; they can be performed for hemorrhoid removal or stapling.


If you notice any changes in your circumstances at any time when suffering with hemorrhoids consult your doctor as soon as possible.


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  • Reply Sophie May 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Can you advise me please, I’ve been suffering for the last 2 weeks, will they clear up on their own and will it last long? Thanks for a great website with such useful tips!

    • Reply Lionel May 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Sophie and thanks for the kind comments, without taking any corrective action tour hemorrhoids unfortunately can last a very, very long time. Because hemorrhoids have to cope and deal with the constant abuse of damaged hemorroidial tissue due to the need to pass stools regularly. This results in natural tissue repair being a very slow process. There are however lots of natural options available to speed up healing quickly. Let me know if I can help further!

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