A hemorrhoid is an embarrassing, painful condition, and many people with minor hemorrhoid issues dread seeing a doctor, either out of embarrassment or lack of health insurance. Most hemorrhoids will actually go away with a few key lifestyle changes, not requiring a doctor’s visit. Here are some tips for helping a hemorrhoid heal on its own by eliminating parts of your lifestyle that may be aggravating the condition.
Please keep in mind that if you have a major hemorrhoid or hemorrhoid which does not improve after about two weeks, it’s very important to see a medical professional quickly.
1. Diet. As your local doctor would tell you, probably the most important factor in getting rid of a hemorrhoid is to watch your diet. You’ll want to get extra fiber and avoid greasy or spicy meals–that means that you need to kick fast food to the curb. Start each morning with some high fiber cereal such as Raisin Bran, and try to get your daily allotment of fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water, as hydration is incredibly important. Your hemorrhoids should be less painful within a day or two.
2. Exercise. Secondary to diet is exercise in your doctor’s prescription book for hemorrhoids (actually, I doubt that he has a separate prescription book just for dealing with hemorrhoids, but you know what I mean). A good 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise per day will improve your health immensely and help your hemorrhoids to heal. Try going for a run or a brisk walk, just for a half hour or so. It’ll make a difference almost immediately, and you can take your mind off of the condition of your hemorrhoids.
3. Eliminating caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. These three chemicals may complicate things and aggravate your hemorrhoid. Coffee and alcohol need to go, at least temporarily, or you need to cut down on their consumption drastically, and it’s best to stop smoking, not only for your hemorrhoid but for a plethora of other health reasons (although the hemorrhoid is, no pun intended, probably the most pressing reason that you currently have).
4. Eliminate stress. Stress can exacerbate the condition, so consider taking part in some less stressful activities. Play some games, hang out with friends, or participate in religious ceremonies. Try to take your mind off of the troubles of your day. By making your life generally happier, you’ll have less health issues, specifically hemorrhoids, and you’ll be able to avoid the doctor’s office.
Do you have any other hemorrhoid tips? Post them in the comments section below.