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Prevention and Treatment

Haemorrhoids can be prevented by having a balanced diet which has food rich in fiber. Regular exercise and having plenty of water also help in preventing the occurrence of haemorrhoids. Here is a guide on prevention and cure of haemorrhoids.

What can I to prevent haemorrhoids

Drink lots of water at least 1.5 to 2 liters daily.  Eat a balanced diet: food rich in fiber, cereals, fruit and vegetables. Take regular exercise such as walking, jogging and swimming.  Avoid spicy food, alcohol, excessive tea, and coffee.
 

Are there any home treatments for curing haemorrhoids

Most haemorrhoidal attacks are self-curing and symptoms disappear within 7 to 10 days. There are also several home treatments (shown below), but the effectiveness of these treatments will depend largely on the severity of your haemorrhoids.  At the very least, however, they will help in reducing some of your discomfort.

Regularize Bowel Movements:
The first and foremost treatment is to regularize bowel movement.  Increase fiber in your diet and drink plenty of water.  This will help relieve constipation.  Bulk laxatives, like isabgol, bran are also helpful to relieve constipation, if diet does not work.  Flavonoid derivatives bring about rapid and marked relief in acute episodes and chronic symptomatology of haemorrhoids

Sitz Bath
You can also reduce stress in the anal area by taking a Sitz bath twice a day.  Fill the tub with warm water (make sure it is not too hot) and sit in it for approximately 15 minutes at a time. 

Medicated creams for topical application
Many doctors also prescribe medicated creams that further help treat anal soreness.  These medicated creams need to be inserted into the anus through an applicator (provided with the medicated cream) once a day for 7 days, preferably at bedtime.  It is advisable to show the progress to the doctor after a week so that the doctor can decide on the next course of action.
 

Is a surgery required to treat haemorrhoids

Most haemorrhoidal attacks are self-curing and symptoms disappear within 7 to 10 days.  As the condition worsens you may suffer 4 to 6 episodes in a year.  Sometimes, haemorrhoids protrude out of the anal canal (grade 4).  In such cases, your doctor may recommend surgery. Some of the surgical methods used to treat haemorrhoids are: band ligation, sclerotherapy, coagulation, and haemorrhoidectomy.

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