First, drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. We need water to aid digestion and keep our cells healthy. One problem that many seniors have is they start having bladder problems. They feel embarrassed and do not want to wear protective shields so they drink less water. This causes constipation and the need to take laxatives on a regular basis.
Often constipation is caused by an improper diet. If you suffer constipation on a regular basis you must change your diet. Change to eating more fruits and vegetables. They are softer and easier to digest and will help keep your bowel movement softer.
Often a mild laxative will relieve constipation and help shrink your hemorrhoids. Be careful to read the label carefully and follow all the directions.
Creams and Suppositories
You also can try over-the-counter creams and suppositories. Most are astringent and will help relive the symptoms of itching and rectal bleeding.
There are natural herbs that are helpful in treating hemorrhoids. They include Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Butchers Broom and Aloe Vera. Each of these are natural astringents. They help reduce the itching and swelling from hemorrhoids.
There is the rubber band technique where you place a rubber band around the hemorrhoid to stop the blood flow and the hemorrhoid will fall off.
Try taking a warm bath and just soaking in the tub for at least 20 minutes. Ice packs also work well.
Common Sense Suggestions
Try not to strain when having a bowel movement. You can use a cushion on your toilet seat to relieve the pressure on your rectum. Don’t sit on the toilet seat too long.
If your condition persists see your specialist doctor for treatment. He/she may use injections to shrink your hemorrhoids. Finally, your doctor may do an operation in which he/she removes the hemorrhoids surgically.
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