Hemorrhoids are one of the most common conditions, however, being in a “taboo” area many people suffer in silence. If you have pain, inflammation or itching, here we present several homemade painkillers that, according to popular wisdom, can relieve these ailments. Look what they are and how to use them, but also when it is necessary to go to the doctor.
Experts are not sure about what really triggers the development of hemorrhoids, although they have to do with inflammation and tissue breakdown in the anal pads. In addition, persistent constipation, straining when evacuating, sitting on the toilet for a long time and a low-fiber diet can aggravate the problem, reports Consumer Reports.
1. Garlic anti-inflammatory
Garlic is considered one of the home remedies with greater anti-inflammatory power. Simply boil 2 crushed garlic cloves in two cups of water for 30 minutes, let cool, strain and apply compresses on the hemorrhoids. You can also place a clove of peeled garlic inside the rectum and leave it overnight for greater effectiveness.
2. Aloe Vera or Aloe Vera
The aloe vera It is one of the bedside ingredients of Grandma’s medicine cabinet and can help relieve itching, burning and inflammation. Cut an aloe vera leaf and apply the liquid several times a day, especially after evacuating. It is advisable to clean the area well before applying.
3. Sitz baths
Sitz baths are one of the most popular home remedies to reduce inflammation, pain and itching of hemorrhoids. For a sitz bath, a tub, hot water is required and can be added if a decoction of leaves of horn, horsetail or mauve is desired. The recommended duration is 15 to 30 minutes. Water will produce venous contraction and reduce inflammation.
4. Potato Compress
Potatoes or raw potatoes are attributed anti-inflammatory and soothing properties and their use in poultice is recommended to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms. You can scratch a potato and apply in the area several times a day, for about 20 minutes especially after evacuating.
5. Tomato poultice
Tomato is a food that we always have at your fingertips and to which you attribute cold and astringent properties. You must place a cold tomato cut in wedge on the hemorrhoids by pressing. The more mature the better. Leave it on for 15 minutes daily and wash carefully with cold water.
6. Horse chestnut
Horse chestnut is one of the most used medicinal plants to improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation. It can be consumed as tea or put compresses of horse chestnut extract on the area. People with hemorrhoids can use the extract with a mixture of alcohol and water to relieve swelling, itching and sudden pain.
7. Spinach Pasta
This remedy is considered appropriate to reduce the swelling of hemorrhoids, as it has a relaxing effect. You need 3 sheets of chopped spinach as thin as possible and a tablespoon of olive oil, mix until you have a homogeneous paste. Apply a small amount of the paste on and inside the anus. Leave it on for a period of 20 minutes.
8. With chamomile
Since ancient times, chamomile has been used to treat digestive disorders such as diarrhea, indigestion or cramping. Chamomile oil can be applied directly, or an infusion can be prepared with some dried leaves and flowers. Boil for 15 minutes and apply with a well moistened cotton.
9. Drink flaxseed water
Two tablespoons of flaxseeds a day can loosen stomach contents and help relieve constipation and hemorrhoids. Soak the seeds in water an hour before ingesting to take advantage of the properties of the mucus that is obtained. The properties of the slimy part of flaxseed are due to its content of protein, lecithin and especially of linoleic acid.
10. The magic of ice
The use of ice to deflate It is one of the most effective “grandma’s recipes”. It is a remedy at your fingertips that provides immediate relief. You just have to get ice, put it in a bag or wrap it in a cloth and place it in the affected area. Ice should not directly touch the anus, as it can cause burns.
Causes of hemorrhoids
They are caused by an increase in pressure in the veins of the anus or rectum. One of the main causes is to exert force when trying to evacuate the intestine. This can happen if you are constipated or if you have diarrhea. It is also possible by sitting for prolonged periods of time and anal infections.
Foods to be consumed
A diet rich in fiber is decisive to improve vascular tone and curb constipation. A diet rich in dietary fiber (especially insoluble fiber) is essential for healthy digestion. Fiber softens stool and stimulates intestinal contractions to facilitate expulsion. Insoluble fiber breaks down slowly through the intestinal bacteria and supports intestinal functioning.
When should I see the doctor?
Although most hemorrhoids can shrink and be less bothersome, they are sometimes particularly problematic or persistent. In these cases you may require the help of a doctor. See your doctor if there is rectal bleeding because it may be a symptom related to other more serious diseases such as colon cancer or rectal cancer. Surgical treatment is reserved for the most serious cases and as a last resort.