Haemorrhoids are more common than many people realise and lots of people are suffering in silence. They are usually small veins inside the lining of the lower rectum that become more engorged than usual causing pain and discomfort.
There are lots of things that can be done to minimise the discomfort caused by these haemorrhoids and the days of suffering are long gone. However some old wife’s remedies often cause more pain and prolong the healing process.
If you suffer from haemorrhoids the following should be avoided:
You may enjoy eating a curry from your local takeaway, but unfortunately once the spicy food has been digested and passed through the body, it can cause more irritation and a stinging sensation.
It is often a natural instinct to scratch the affected area with the hope to receive some relief from the discomfort. Although temporary relief may be achieved, scratching haemorrhoids will often make them worse.
A thrombosed hemorrhoid is one of the most severe types of hemorrhoids as these are external ones that have either ruptured, or even possibly in some cases ruptured and developed a blood-clot.
Some thrombosed hemorrhoids can become strangulated and this can cause extreme discomfort and pain. Someone who has one of these reports to having a large amount of tissue that is very sensitive, protruding from the anus.
If you are not sure if you have a thrombosed hemorrhoid, they can be easy to spot and felt. To touch they are either hard or soft and can be described as being a skin tag as they feel like small amounts of skin.
It may be hard to notice but they are blue in colour due to the veins being strangled and a lack of blood flowing through them. They do however turn red, if irritated.
These are not considered dangerous but they do cause a considerable amount of pain and discomfort.
The area is often swollen due the nerve endings located in the anal skin being affected. It is not common to bleed from thrombosed hemorrhoids but bleeding can occur if the area receives friction.
There are a number of treatments to help, some of which are home-based and others are surgical procedures that require medical advice under the care of a doctor.
The most commonly prescribed home-based treatments are:
- Sitz baths taken daily
- Stool softeners
- Gentle changes to diet and bowel habits
- Increase of daily exercise
Although these home-based remedies, such as stool softeners, changes in diet, and increase in exercise can give temporary relief, most people result to surgical intervention. The most common way to remove a clot is for it to be drained by a qualified medic.
Your doctor will advise which is the best treatment as each case would be treated differently.