If you're searching for the best hemorrhoid treatment, you first need to know what type of hemorrhoids you have.
There are two types of hemorrhoids. Internal and external.
Internal hemorrhoids happen inside the lower rectum. They are usually fairly painless because the rectum lacks nerve fibers.
These can be further divided into four categories:
- First degree – These do not prolapse. (slip down and out the rectum)
- Second degree – These prolapse with strain, but reduce naturally.
- Third degree – These prolapse with strain, but can be reduced with treatment.
- Fourth degree – These are prolapsed permanently and there's no hope for reduction except with more aggressive treatment like rubber-band ligation. If your hemorrhoids are many, your doctor may recommend a hemorrhoidectomy.
External hemorrhoids are located inside the rectum. They develop under the skin at the opening of the anus. In addition, they may form a hard lump and cause painful swelling if a blood clot forms. This hemorrhoid most often affects younger people and they can be extremely painful and itchy.
What Exactly are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are much like varicose veins. The veins in your rectum enlarge and lose their elasticity. The result is a sacklike knob sticking out of the anus. They are not tumors or growths.
One of the more interesting things I learned researching this article, is hemorrhoids are unique to humans. No other creature has this problem! Therefore, this an indication that your diet and lifestyle play a role.
Between 50-75 percent of the U.S. population develop hemorrhoids at some point in their life. They are more common over age 50. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable due to the pressure of the growing uterus and the barring down of delivery. The tendency to develop hemorrhoids also may be hereditary.
Best Hemorrhoid Treatment
As I stated above, you have to know the type of hemorrhoid you have to find the best hemorrhoid treatment. If you have first, second, or third-degree internal hemorrhoids (not fourth) or if you have external hemorrhoids, Natural Remedies for Hemorrhoids are best.
They are best because they are safe, effective, and they work.
Nature has given us plenty of plants that have health-promoting compounds that help shrink the swollen blood vessels. Some of them are taken in supplement form; some are applied directly to the hemorrhoid itself to treat symptoms while you heal.
Prevention is Best
Prevention is always better than a cure.
Eat foods high in dietary fiber, such as bran, lots of fresh fruit, fruit juices, vegetables, whole grains, and psyllium seed. Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative that works by absorbing liquid to create a softer stool that is easier to pass.
Drink at least 8 glasses of fluid daily to keep the stools soft. If you're eating a high fiber diet and not drinking enough fluids, you'll end up constipated.
Avoid processed foods, alcohol, and hot spices.
Treatments for hemorrhoids are everywhere, but natural remedies for hemorrhoids are best to alleviate and heal the symptoms effectively. I've written an extensive post on natural remedies for hemorrhoids here.
Although hemorrhoids can be painful and extremely annoying, they are usually not a serious threat to health, which is another reason natural remedies for hemorrhoids are BEST.
One More Thing…
I always recommend you see your doctor, but there are those with an Internal hemorrhoid – (Fourth degree, prolapsed permanently) who have done self ligation to remove the hemorrhoid themselves. These types of hemorrhoids are not painful, they are just annoying. I'm not suggesting you consider it, rather I just want to tell you about it, and you can determine if it's right for you. You can find more information here. Do it your self ligation.
I know some people may be embarrassed or humiliated about this condition…but really it's a common issue…
So please promise me you won't hesitate to ask me a question in the comment area below. I am here to help you ease your symptoms and heal. I can usually get back to you within “hours” most of the time.
And don't forget to check out my in-depth post on natural remedies for hemorrhoids.