Dealing with External Hemorrhoids
External hemorrhoids are more uncomfortable than internal hemorrhoids. Your overlying skin becomes more irritated, and may start to erode. If your hemorrhoid develops a blood clot internally, you may experience sudden and very severe pain. This blood clot is characterized by a lump around your anus. This lump or clot may suddenly dissolve and leave you with excess skin that can be itchy or irritable. Obviously, external hemorrhoids are something you simply do not want to deal with! Unfortunately, a number of people do have to deal with them every year.
Your condition can be diagnosed by a physical examination and an evaluation of your medical history. External hemorrhoids may be more noticeable, especially if you have a blood clot. However, your doctor may still require you to undergo a digital rectal examination for external hemorrhoids. This is used to check to see if there is blood in your stool and to determine the severity of your problem.
Your doctor may also recommend that you have your anal canal examined with an anoscope. This device is inserted in your rectum to check if there is any rectal bleeding or some microscopic blood in your stool. When this occurs, you may also be asked to undergo a colonoscopy to rule out potential causes of the bleeding. This is often done for older patients just to make certain everything is okay.
Some Home Techniques for Dealing with External Hemorrhoids
Use water for therapeutic purposes. Water can soothe your itchy, inflamed, painful hemorrhoids. Temporarily relief may also be experienced by applying cold compresses to the area. You may also use warm water to soak your rectal area for ten minutes or so at a time.
Consider substituting your regular toilet paper with moist wipes. This may help lessen the pain and avoid further irritation. You can switch back to regular toilet paper after the hemorrhoids have been dealt with.
Ask your doctor about using over the counter products for quick relief.
Add more fiber in your diet. A diet filled with foods high in fiber can help reduce the pain you feel during bowel movements. Eating legumes, vegetables, fruits, and whole grain foods can provide fiber and have the added benefit of decreasing your risk of obesity, heart disease, and colon cancer. Studies have also shown that the acai berry can provide you with a good amount of fiber.
Stay hydrated. Drink six to eight glasses of water every day. Note that this means drinking pure water, not soda, tea, coffee, or any other drink. Those beverages may make you need to use the bathroom more often, which can actually dehydrate you.
These ways may help relieve the symptoms you experience. These may also help reduce your risks by preventing the primary causes of hemorrhoids. Consider trying out some of these home remedies if you can’t make it to the doctor for a few days and don’t want to go to the emergency room.
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