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Hemorrhoids: Facts, Causes, and Treatments

Hemorrhoids: Facts, Causes, and Treatments

Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, can be extremely painful and unpleasant, but can easily be treated if you know the right treatment. Generally, it gets worse over time; therefore, doctors suggest that it should be treated as early as possible. In this article, I’ll explain some lesser known facts, causes and treatments of this ailment so that you can be well aware of it.

Hemorrhoids: The Facts

  • This medical condition is very common. Many people develop some form of hemorrhoid before the age of 50
  • There is an equal probability of hemorrhoids in both males and females
  • More than 75% of people will experience this ailment at least once in their lifetime
  • The likelihood of suffering from this ailment increases with the age
  • While this medical condition is most common between ages 40 and 60, it is not unusual to see it in younger adults.
  • In September 2014, New England Journal of Medicine published that this symptom did not get worse in people who ate hot chili peppers
  • Constipation is one of the biggest risk factors for developing the symptoms of hemorrhoids
  • There is no evidence that cold surfaces can cause this ailment. In fact, cold compression techniques may be helpful to relieve symptoms of hemorrhoids
  • Exercise is important for avoiding this ailment, with one small exception. Lifting heavy weights with poor technique can increase the risk

Hemorrhoids: Causes

Hemorrhoids occur when the veins in the rectum or around the anus are enlarged (dilated) or engorged with blood.

This ailment can occur due to the below reasons:

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  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Aging
  • Sitting for long periods (especially on the toilet)
  • Chronic constipation – from straining to move stools
  • Obesity
  • Anal intercourse
  • Some people also inherit a tendency for hemorrhoids genetically

Hemorrhoids: Treatments

Your doctor may carry out an incision in the case of clot formation around hemorrhoid. This treatment is usually effective. In the case of continuous bleeding, your doctor can use rubber band ligation, coagulation or sclerotherapy (injection).

1. Surgical treatment for hemorrhoids

Surgery is recommended if the patient has not benefited from the simple procedures, or if the hemorrhoids are very large.

In some cases, patients can go home straight after the surgical procedure, while in other cases they may have to be hospitalized.

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Surgery may also involve hemorrhoidectomy which is complete hemorrhoid removal or stapling in which part of the intestine is stapled so as to reduce the chance of prolapse.

2. Home remedies for hemorrhoids

If you have fear of surgical treatment, then you should know how to heal hemorrhoids naturally. Some effective ways to treat this ailment naturally are as follows:

Topical creams and ointments
You can use over-the-counter creams which contain hydrocortisone as well as pads which contain a topical numbing agent.

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Bathing the affected area
Gently bathe the affected area with warm water and don’t use soap. After that, you can dry the area gently with a hair dryer.

Ice packs and cold compresses
Applying ice packs to the affected area may help in reducing the swelling.

Sitz bath using warm water
The sitz bath is placed over the toilet and is available in some pharmacies. They may relieve the itching or burning symptoms.

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Moist towelettes
If possible, you should always use wet toilet paper as dry toilet papers may aggravate the problem further.

Hemorrhoids are definitely a painful medical condition, but the cure can be pretty simple. You do not need to see a doctor for curing your pain and itching. The best treatments can often be things you can easily do at home. If you follow the above mentioned steps, you could be well on your way to aiding the problem.

Featured photo credit: Hemorrhoids via healthline.com

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5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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