Probably you know that hemorrhoids patients are prone to recurrence. Then why is that so? Perhaps the answer is to be found in everyday life. That’s to say, if you indulge, whether consciously or unconsciously, some unhealthy living habits or fail to take preventive measures, hemorrhoids will take hold again. So, if you want to get rid of hemorrhoids for good, prevention is the key.
Getting more exercise
If you exercise on daily basis, it can help enhance your body’s resistance to invading germs, reduce the possibility of disease, and prevent hemorrhoids from recurring. This is because regular physical exercise can benefit blood circulation, promote gastrointestinal peristalsis, improve pelvic congestion, and prevent constipation.
On the other hand, a brief self-massage can be used to improve the local blood circulation of anus. In fact, there are two ways you can apply to get this job done.
1. Before going to bed, massage the acupuncture point of Chang Qiang (GV 1) at the tip of the coccyx, 5 minutes a time. By doing so it can dredge the meridian and thereby improve the blood circulation in anus;
2. Contract your anal sphincter upwards and consciously, each in the morning and evening and 30 a time. In fact, this is a type of internal massage, which can help get rid of the built-up of venous stasis and improve the function of anal sphincter.
If you stick to the above-mentioned methods, the return of blood from hemorrhoid vein will be improved tremendously. Thus, it helps the prevention and self-treatment of hemorrhoids.
1 bowel movement per day is considered normal. You may do it in the morning, at noontime and in the afternoon. A healthy person’s stool should be shaped, soft, and intermediately dry. In other words, the healthy bowel movement should make you feel relaxed and comfortable, which also indicates that your gastrointestinal function is in good shape. In constipation the hard stool is not only difficult to pass, but also easy to cause hemorrhoids due to the buildup of waste in enteric cavity, increased pressure inside the anus, and blockage of venous return, and then varicosity of hemorrhoidal veins. To prevent constipation you should note the following aspects.
1. Reasonable diet. A reasonable diet can increase appetite, improve gastrointestinal function, correct constipation, and develop regular bowel habits. So, add more vegetables, fruits, beans, and other foods that are rich in vitamins and fiber into your daily diet. At the same time, do your best to avoid spicy foods, such as pepper, mustard, ginger and wine.
2. Developing regular bowel habits. A healthy person tends to have no stool in the rectum. The upright reflections induced by getting out of bed in morning and gastro-colic reflex caused by breakfast can make the colon produce strong peristalsis to push the stools into the rectum. In other words, you feel bowel movement when feces are accumulated to a certain amount. For that reason, you’d better make a bowel habit in the morning since this plays a very important role on the prevention of the occurrence of hemorrhoids. In addition, let nature take its course when it gives you the urge or feeling to pass a bowel movement. Or over time it will lead to habitual constipation. And other poor bowel habits, including staying squatted too long, reading paper while during pooping, and pushing really hard for it to come out, should be corrected.
3. Treating constipation the right way. If you have mild constipation, you can get relief from eating in a balanced way and opening your bowels at exactly the same time every day. In terms of chronic constipation or the type caused by a disease, it is a good idea to go to the hospital immediately. The last thing you want is to use laxatives or enemas for a long time. This is because long-term use of laxatives causes not only the expansion and congestion of the rectal vascular, but also gastrointestinal dysfunction. Besides, long-term use of enemas can slow the sensation of the rectal mucosa and defecation reflex and aggravate constipation, which on the contrary is conducive to the occurrence of hemorrhoids. In this case, you should receive the proper treatment under the guidance of an experienced specialist.
Getting prenatal care
Abdominal pressure in women often occurs during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester of pregnancy. Because of the growing oppression from the enlarged uterus, the inferior vena cava directly affects the reflux of hemorrhoidal veins and then causes hemorrhoids. The risk of getting it will be higher in malposition. So, it does matter for you to have regular check-ups with a doctor or midwife. If it is a malposition, it should be promptly corrected. By doing so, it is not only beneficial for prenatal care, but also the prevention of anal hemorrhoids and other diseases.
Besides, pregnant women tend to have low levels of physical activity, which can cause reduced gastrointestinal function, stool staying in the intestine, reabsorption of moisture in feces, dry stool, and then hemorrhoids. Therefore, increasing your physical activity levels during pregnancy is highly recommended.
Keeping the area around the anus dry and clean
Anus, rectum, and sigmoid colon are places to store and excrete feces, which contains many bacteria. For that reason, the area around the anus are susceptible to contamination of these bacteria, which then induce perianal sweat glands and sebaceous glands infections, boils, and abscesses. Since vagina is adjacent to anus, vaginal secretions can induce hemorrhoids by stimulating the anal skin. Therefore, in order to prevent hemorrhoids from getting worse the area around the anus should be kept clean and dry by washing with warm water and frequently changing underwear.
Increased abdominal pressure can block venous return of hemorrhoidal veins and then cause hemorrhoids. Clinically, increased abdominal pressure can be caused by many diseases. For example, abdominal tumor can oppress the veins inside the abdomen and cause obstruction of venous reflux; cirrhosis can cause portal hypertension and dilate your blood vessels in anus and rectum. In this case, diseases like abdominal tumor and cirrhosis, instead of hemorrhoids, should be treated in the first place since hemorrhoids symptoms will be relieved after the diseases are cured.