Many people will have to deal with so-called hemorrhoids during their lives. We speak of hemorrhoids when there is one or more bulges of the mucous membrane on the inside of the intestine. This is usually just before the anus.
These hemorrhoids are quite annoying and can cause all kinds of complaints. Would you like to learn more about what exactly hemorrhoids are, what you can do about them and which medications may help?
Then the information below may be worth reading.
What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are bulges of the mucous membrane located on the inside of the arm. We usually find these bulges just in front of the anus. In practice, hemorrhoids are often caused by high pressure around the anus. This pressure can be the result of, for example, hard pressing. This not only during defecation, but also during childbirth, for example. Even prolonged coughing causes a sharp increase in pressure around the anus.
How do I recognize hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids can cause various symptoms to occur. Initially there may be blood and/or mucus in the stool.
You will also probably experience pain during bowel movements. Another important factor to take into account is a feeling of pressure.
This feeling of pressure can be caused by the protrusion of a hemorrhoid. The consequence of this is that, for example, an unexpected loss of a small amount of stool can occur.
For some people, hemorrhoids cause some additional symptoms. Think of itching or a burning sensation around the anus.
Can I do something about hemorrhoids myself?
There are several things you can take into account that can limit the risk of "developing" hemorrhoids.
Initially, for example, you can ensure regular bowel movements with preferably soft(er) stools. This ensures that you have to press less hard, which means you are less likely to be confronted with complaints related to hemorrhoids.
In addition, drinking enough fluids is also important. 1.5 to 2 liters of water per day is recommended. Sufficient exercise every day is also strongly recommended. Half an hour or more is desirable. In addition to these tips, you can also take the following into account:
- Use fiber-rich foods as much as possible;
- Go to the toilet immediately when you feel the need to do so;
- Use a wet cloth for itching or irritation of the anus;
Finally, it is possible to reduce the pain by gently pushing inwards the bulge that has collapsed. This way you can immediately make it more pleasant for yourself.
What is the treatment for hemorrhoids?
There are many different medications available at the pharmacy or drugstore for the treatment of hemorrhoids. The following can be used in this regard:
- Vaselinecetomacrogol cream;
- Zinc oxide suppositories;
- Lidocaine Vaseline cream;
- Lidocaine zinc sulphate cream;
You could also choose to use medications that soften the stool. This may include, for example, lactulose and macrogol. In case of severe or persistent complaints, there is a chance that surgical intervention will be required by means of a so-called rubber band ligation.
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