Got Hemorrhoids? Here Are 6 Key Things To Avoid

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Finding relief from hemorrhoids is tough enough without doing things to make the condition worse. But that’s what a lot of sufferers do – and often they are not even aware that they are making the condition more painful. Here are some things you really should avoid, no matter how strong the temptation to do otherwise.

No Spicy Foods. You may love your chilli con carne and adore your vindaloo. But eat them at your peril. The spices in these and similar dishes eventually work their way through to your bowel – and they WILL cause your hemorrhoids to sting.

Don’t Scratch. Touching your hemorrhoids – or worse, using your nails to scratch them – is guaranteed to make them worse. The best thing is to ensure that the area is as clean as possible because this is likely to reduce an itching. Have a warm bath, use medicated wipes and – if it gets really bad – try using an icepack to numb the area. But don’t be tempted to scratch.

Don’t Strain. Bearing down hard when using the loo is a primary cause of hemorrhoids – and an action that will definitely make them worse. If you are constipated, try a laxative or significantly increase your fibre intake. Drink lots of water, too. And you might try lubricating the area around your anus with a little petroleum jelly: many sufferers find that it allows the stool to pass more easily.

Avoid Hard Surfaces. The pressure of sitting on, say, a cold, hard step can cause hemorrhoids to flare up. Doing so for prolonged periods is almost guaranteed to do so. If you are obliged to sit still on a hard surface, soften the area with a cushion or a rolled up jacket.

Avoid Coffee and Alchohol. Both make it more difficult for waste to pass through your body, and both can make active piles feel much worse.

Keep Your Hands Clean. Touching the area with unwashed hands can accidentally infect the hemorrhoids – making it very difficult to heal.

There are many medications, preparations and treatments for hemorrhoids, and most of us find the one or two that work best for us. I prefer the solutions that work from the inside and that are natural rather than pharmaceutical in nature. But remember, always seek the advice of your doctor before you embark on any treatment or take any supplements recommended by others. That way, you will stay safe and be able to address the condition from a position of confidence and knowledge.

Shaun Welford is a freelance writer and marketing consultant with a personal interest in holistic health treatments, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the potential of ayurvedic medicines to address chronic conditions. You can download a free report on Hemorrhoids and subscribe to his free newsletter at

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  • If you are a hemorrhoid sufferer, take stool softeners or laxatives on a regular basis. If forceful effort is required for your bowel movements, then you’re giving yourself more pain than you need and might even be opening the door to more issues