Hemorrhoids are a usually less-then-severe occurrence that affect most adults at some point in life. In this article, we take a look at hemorrhoids, what can cause them, and five supplements that can help prevent and/or treat them.
What Are Hemorrhoids?
A hemorrhoid is a swollen vein in the rectum/anus area that can cause bleeding, irritation, swelling, and pain and discomfort. About three out of four adult men and women will experience them at some point in their lives.
There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal and external. An internal hemorrhoid exists inside the rectum, usually does not cause pain or irritation, and can cause bleeding that shows up in stool. An external hemorrhoid, however, exists directly under the skin near the anus. These tend to cause itching, irritation, and/or pain, as well as visually noticeable bleeding.
A hemorrhoid can often be identified and treated at home. Topical treatments, and the right supplements, can help. They usually heal in a matter of days. If a hemorrhoid is not resolved within a week, then it is recommended you see a doctor. There are medical treatments available for hemorrhoids.
The Causes of Hemorrhoids
There are different things that can cause hemorrhoids. Causes include straining during bowel movements, regular heavy lifting, not eating enough fiber, being overweight, and being pregnant.
Oftentimes, a hemorrhoid will occur and a specific cause is never determined.
Supplements for Hemorrhoids
The following products are recommended to either treat or prevent hemorrhoids. Each one works a little differently. We recommend talking to your physician before using any of these remedies for the first time.
Witch hazel is a plant-based extract that works as an astringent, meaning it has the ability to dry skin and reduce bleeding. A witch hazel ointment can be applied directly to the hemorrhoid area to reduce inflammation and bleeding.
Psyllium husk can help prevent hemorrhoids by softening your stool. Psyllium husk is a fibrous substance that softens stool and makes it easier to pass.
Coconut oil can be of use in treating hemorrhoids in a couple of ways. It has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antibacterial properties that can potentially help a hemorrhoid heal faster. Coconut oil can also have a laxative effect. You can take coconut oil orally, or apply it directly to the affected area.
Aloe vera, like witch hazel, is a plant-based substance often used as an ointment. The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera might make it useful in reducing hemorrhoid inflammation.
Hemorrhoids can be an uncomfortable nuisance, but not one that should intimidate or scare you. These all-too-common ailments can be alleviated by home remedies, and taking care of your own health. Consider the above remedies for when you or a family member experience a hemorrhoid.