How to Stop Hemorrhoid Bleeding at Home: Understanding, Treatment, and Prevention
So, What Are Hemorrhoids?
In its most basic definition, a hemorrhoid, also known as a pile, is simply a blood vessel. They are blood vessels located in the anal canal and they serve to regulate stool movement. This is their normal function, when they are working properly. The problem occurs when these hemorrhoids become inflamed and swollen.
When this occurs in someone, he or she is described as “having hemorrhoids”. But again, this just means that their hemorrhoids have become irritated. Hemorrhoids are actually a very common condition. At one point in their lives, up to three out of every four adults are thought to experience hemorrhoids.
There are two types of affected hemorrhoids: internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids are inside the anal canal. They are usually painless but will cause bleeding, so there will be blood in the stool. The other type, external, is generally painful and visible and will cause bleeding and swelling around the anus.
What Causes Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are thought to be triggered by many different things, but here are some of the main causes of hemorrhoids:
- Strain:Physical strain and pressure on the hemorrhoids in the anal cavity can cause them to become swollen and inflamed. This can be from things like intense abdominal pressure, anal strain, and direct abrasive contact with the anal area.
- Bad Bowel Movements:Diarrhea and constipation can cause hemorrhoids. Also, there can be risk if you hold your bowel movements for prolonged periods of time.
- Pregnancy:Pressure from the fetus on the abdomen and differences in hormones can cause hemorrhoids.
- Unhealthy Lifestyle: Sedentary lifestyles and diets that are low in fiber are thought to add to your risk of developing hemorrhoids
Treatment of Hemorrhoids
If you are suffering from hemorrhoid bleeding, you can find treatment from different over the counter medications, like a special ointment or something else along those lines, to help relieve the symptoms. One popular over the counter medication for hemorrhoids is hydrocortisone, which is a common ointment typically used to relieve extreme itching and irritation. Another common substance used for hemorrhoids is benzocaine, which will help numb the area to which it is applied. Finally, another medication to use is some type of vasoconstrictor, which usually helps to stop the bleeding by temporarily shrinking the blood vessels.
Some people, especially those with very severe hemorrhoids, seek to get them surgically treated. However, there are many different home remedies that have been developed and used as well. Hemorrhoids can often be viewed as a very embarrassing and private problem, so many people turn towards home remedies for that reason. Also, most home remedies are very natural, which is another benefit.
So, you want to know how to stop hemorrhoid bleeding at home? Well here is a list of some popular methods:
- Cleanliness. It’s a no brainer that being clean is connected to our general health. By staying clean in your anal area, you can better help your hemorrhoids to heal. This can be achieved through proper wiping after a bowel movement and using slightly wet toilet paper. Then you will want to use a soft cloth to then dry the area. Taking regular baths can also help to keep that area clean. A warning on this though: you will want to try and avoid soaps as they tend to further irritate the area.
- Witch Hazel. Witch hazel is a flowering plant that was first incorporated in very early medicine and herbalism. Because witch hazel has astringent and soothing properties, liquid extracts of this plant have become a popular substance to apply to hemorrhoids. Witch hazel is good for hemorrhoids because it can disinfect, shrink swollen hemorrhoids, relieve itching sensations, tighten skin and cease the bleeding from hemorrhoids. Many specially designed pads for hemorrhoids contain witch hazel.
- Sitz bath. A sitz bath, also known as a hip bath, is a kind of hydrotherapy that has been around for hundreds of years. Many people use sitz baths to relieve the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids. It involves a person sitting in a bath of water up to his or her hips for short periods of time. The sitz bath can be either warm or cold. Sometimes people will add ingredients to their baths like baking soda or salt, or other ingredients.
- Unique Topical Recipes. If you look up different home recipes for topical agents for hemorrhoids, you can find a lot of recipes/suppositories out there for ingredients to stop hemorrhoids. One unique blend is a blend of witch hazel, garlic, and coconut oil. As previously mentioned witch hazel has many benefits that help fight hemorrhoids. So what about the other two ingredients? They are more than just amazing things to use for cooking. Garlic works well because it naturally has strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It also strengthens blood vessels and improves blood flow. What about coconut oil? Like garlic, it also has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Additionally, coconut oil helps reduce inflammation and is a natural lubricant for the rectum to aid bowel movements.
Prevention Is Key
As long as you take care of your hemorrhoids and avoid causes of further irritation to them, they will normally clear up on their own, although it may take some time. However, it is important to remember that one of the most essential steps in the treatment of hemorrhoids is prevention. There are little things that you can do every day to prevent future incidences of hemorrhoids. And, these preventable measures are all extremely achievable at home.
- Pay Attention to Your Diet. Make sure your diet is rich in fiber and/or take fiber supplements. This will help with your bowel movements, cause less irritation, and will help stop bleeding. Other diet tips are consuming a little bit of cayenne pepper to help with blood flow, cutting back on wheat, sugar, and caffeine, and eating more fruits and veggies.
- Exercise. Exercise is important to anyone’s overall health, but regular exercise and avoiding an overly sedentary lifestyle will help ensure proper blood flow and prevent hemorrhoids. It is also important to drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts to avoid the known causes of hemorrhoids and to take measures to prevent them, it is still possible to develop hemorrhoids. But with the right knowledge and treatments to relieve them, they can be managed.