Caring For Bleeding Hemorrhoids
Bleeding hemorrhoids are caused by excessive pressure and irritation to inflamed hemorrhoid veins. Bleeding hemorrhoids can be found internally and externally. However, in most cases people who have internal hemorrhoids do not realize it until bleeding occurs. When bleeding occurs it is usually mixed in the stool, on the toilet paper after wiping or in ones underwear.
Some of the common causes of bleeding hemorrhoids are constipation, weakening of the veins within the rectal area, pressure from sitting for long periods of time, pregnancy, obesity and consuming too much alcohol or caffeine.
Simple cases of bleeding hemorrhoids can usually be treated with at home and over the counter remedies. If there is extensive pain, excessive bleeding or if the hemorrhoid is protruding from the anus you should contact your physician immediately for treatment.
In Home Treatments for Bleeding Hemorrhoids
Some at home treatments for bleeding hemorrhoids include warm sitz baths, hemorrhoid creams, witch hazel and dietary changes.
Engaging in a warm sitz bath several times daily for approximately fifteen minutes per session can help to alleviate pain, itching, irritation and swelling. After the sitz bath is complete dry the area thoroughly. This will help prevent further irritation. When putting on underwear make sure they are 100 percent cotton. Cotton underwear will allow the area to breathe.
Witch hazel is another treatment that works well at relieving irritation associated with bleeding hemorrhoids. You can apply directly to the area with a cotton ball or you can apply a small amount to your sitz bath.
Hemorrhoid creams containing a vasoconstrictor and a local anesthetic such as lidocaine will help shrink the swelling and provide pain relief. Although these products are helpful they are not designed to be used on a long term basis.
Since straining related to constipation is the most common cause of hemorrhoids it is important to change your diet to include foods rich in fiber such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Eating these foods will bulk up stools making it easier to have a bowel movement without straining. For immediate relief from constipation, take a stool softener for a few days while giving your body time to adjust to the higher fiber diet.
Although hemorrhoids are very painful and itchy, avoid scratching them at all cost. Scratching will only make the condition worse.
If you work in an occupation where you sit for long periods of time consider investing in a doughnut pillow. This will take some of the pressure off of your rear and provide you with some relief while sitting.
If the condition is not improving after a few days of treatment, more advanced medical care provided by a physician may be required.