During a hemorrhoid crisis, it is important to follow a basic treatment. That is to say, a treatment that will allow you to heal permanently.
But as these treatments can take several weeks to take effect, it is also important to take care of your daily life. The objective here is to relieve the pain as much as possible, if not to cure it permanently.
Here is a roadmap that you can keep with you at all times. It details the 8 tips to follow immediately. These tips will not only help you relieve your hemorrhoidal pain but also prevent future attacks.
1-PASSEZ MOINS DE TEMPS AU TOILETTES
The modern toilets used in Western countries are particularly unsuitable. The sitting position is unnatural and forces you to contract the anal area excessively.
For this reason, try to spend as little time as possible sitting on the toilet. For example, avoid long hours of reading on the toilet: you are putting pressure on the anal region for nothing. However, you should not prevent yourself from having a bowel movement, since holding back can cause constipation.
Tip: If you have the opportunity, choose to defecate in a squatting position (the least painful for people with hemorrhoids) in a Turkish toilet or even in the open air.
2-REMOVE TOILET PAPER
Obviously, it is not always easy to do without toilet paper, especially if you are not at home.
But if you can, avoid toilet paper as much as possible, as it tends to accentuate irritations at the anal level by rubbing. These irritations maintain the inflammation of the veins at the origin of your hemorrhoidal pain.
Tip: As soon as you can, replace toilet paper with water to wash the anal area. If this is not possible, always carry a few baby wipes to replace the irritating toilet paper.
3- USE THE WIPES
As I said above, you need to get wipes as soon as possible.
Wipes have 2 positive effects. First of all, they can replace toilet paper, which is far too irritating. Secondly, they contribute to impeccable hygiene of the anal area. They are very soft and free of aggressive products (opt for the wipes used for newborns), so they are a precious daily help.
Tip: make sure you always have some on you: in your jacket or purse for example, if you are a woman.
4- MAINTAIN IMPECCABLE HYGIENE
It is essential that you pay close attention to your hygiene in the anal area.
A hemorrhoidal attack is characterized by an inflammation of the veins located at this level. You must therefore avoid any infection.
To do this, you must take care to clean your anal area very regularly, without excessive rubbing, using water.
Tip: clean yourself several times a day, especially after each bowel movement (defecation). Do not use anything other than water (especially no soap, no shower gel, no perfumes, toilet water, etc.).
5 – WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
Hemorrhoidal attacks are painful enough, so there’s no need to add to the pain by wearing tight clothes. Indeed, these clothes only accentuate the irritation by the repeated rubbing on the body.
Tip: choose loose-fitting clothing to reduce friction on the area as much as possible. If you can, especially when you are at home, you can do without underwear for added comfort.
6 – TAKE REGULAR SITZ BATHS
Sitz baths are well known for their soothing effect on hemorrhoidal pain. The goal is to immerse the anal area in a bathtub or a bowl installed in the bathtub.
If you can do several baths a day, don’t deprive yourself! They usually relieve pain and provide increased hygiene of the inflamed area.
Tip: Opt for sitz baths with cold or even very cold water. Cold water will allow you to benefit from its anesthetic properties.
7 – COOL THE ANAL AREA
As with cold water sitz baths, the objective is to take advantage of the anesthetic properties of cold. Ice cubes will be used to cool the inflamed area.
Never apply the ice directly to the area. Instead, put ice cubes in a towel or soft cloth and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Feel free to do this several times a day.
Tip: Lie on your stomach, as the anal area is not in contact with the sheets. You will therefore feel less pressure on the inflamed area. Apply the towel filled with ice cubes to the area and relax.
8 – DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND EAT FIBER
It is impossible not to mention these 2 essential points. This objective is essential: to facilitate your intestinal transit and avoid constipation by making your stools fluid.
As you know, it is recommended to drink 1.5 liters of water per day, which is equivalent to 8 large glasses. This consumption will benefit you in every way, not just as part of your anti-hemorrhoid treatment.
As for fiber, it is essential for intestinal transit and its anti-constipating properties.
You can find a complete guide on the subject “Hemorrhoids and diet” as well as “9 ideas to eat “smart” when you have hemorrhoids”.
Tip: don’t see this “diet” as something frustrating, but take the opportunity to review your eating habits.
DON’T FORGET TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!
All these recommendations will certainly help you relieve your pain in the short term.
A basic treatment will allow you to relieve your pain, but above all to heal permanently!
However, there is little chance that the pain will disappear for good.
For that, you must follow a basic treatment with the objective to relieve but especially to cure your attacks once and for all.