Hemorrhoids, or piles, are swollen and often bleeding distended blood vessels found in the rectum. Experiencing rectal bleeding and discomfort from these faulty veins most often lead people to seek treatment, since these symptoms can greatly affect the quality of ones life.
Physicians will normally recommend anti-inflammatory medication and ointments to arrest the bleeding and shrink the hemorrhoids if they are not severe enough to warrant surgical removal. But on your own, you can follow these simple ways to help shrink piles fast at home with natural methods which can often take care of the problem on their own. These natural treatment should be carried out, whether you are taking anti-inflammatory medication and ointments, or not.1. Prevent Constipation
One of the most annoying piles symptoms is pain and bleeding during defecation. The pain and bleeding also doubles if you are constipated or passing hard stool.
Add More Fiber In Your Diet
To prevent constipation, you will need to retrain your gut by eating more fruits, vegetables and grains in your diet. Fiber allows easy passage of wastes in your intestines and rectum. Drink More Fluids
Just like fiber, drinking more water and juices allows easy stool passage and lesser pain.
Use Stool Softener
In extreme cases where constipation is still not relieved by increasing fiber or fluids, you can take stool softeners. They are like laxatives and some varieties will need a doctors prescription.
2. Relieve Pain
To relieve rectal pain caused by hemorrhoids, you can try these steps at home:
Use Cold Compress
Ice packs or cold compresses can be used to constrict the blood vessels in the rectum, and thus reducing bleeding and pain. When using cold compresses, remember not to leave the compress for more than 15 minutes or you will suffer from cold burns.
Take A Warm Sitz Bath
At home, you can setup a warm Sitz bath where you place warm water in a shallow basin and sit over it for 15-20 minutes at a time. The warmth from Sitz bath not only relieves pain but can also soothe the rectal muscles and prevent itching. Following a cold compress application (to stop the bleeding) with a warm Sitz bath (to relieve pain) is often a good combination.
Use Topical Anesthetics If Prescribed
Depending on ones pain tolerance, hemorrhoidal pain can be so high that you'll want your physician to prescribe you with a topical anesthetic. Most often, these topical anesthetics can be infused with steroids to reduce inflammation. You can best apply these topical creams after a cold compress/Sitz bath session as they also reduce itching and pain.
3. Exercise More
Shrinking piles fast can also be achieved by following an exercise regimen that will allow you to strengthen your abdominal and rectal muscles. Repeated exercise of your pelvic wall gives strength to your blood vessels during periods of increased intra-abdominal pressure (i.e. constipation, or straining during defecation).
Kegel exercises are helpful in strengthening the pelvic walls. Alternately contracting and relaxing your rectal muscles throughout the day keeps your muscles toned, and this prevents further recurrence of hemorrhoids.
Perhaps the most helpful yoga postures for those with piles involve stretching exercises, especially those for the abdomen and legs. Yoga is a whole body exercise so its a win-win situation if you try it out for the sake of just getting rid of piles or to lose weight.
Cardio And Other Muscle-Toning Exercises
Once you have had some success treating hemorrhoids and your symptoms are in remission, you can try other higher impact exercises like cardio exercise (aerobics, pilates, or zumba). If you are able, even if practiced gently, it is a good idea. Avoiding problems with obesity (which may be a causal factor in the development of hemorrhoids) is vital. Specifically toning your abs, glutes, and rectal muscles is also a good exercise. Just be sure to learn from a certified trainer in order to learn the proper ways to do the exercises.
The methods mentioned here only comprise the tip of the iceberg in terms of safe actions you can take at home to shrink piles. Ask your doctor, ask other hemorrhoids-sufferers, read online forums, and find out other ways that can help you be completely piles-free.