If you are suffering with piles, there are a number of things you can do to relieve the discomfort. However, there are things that you need to be aware of that can make the problem worse and prolong the healing process. There are things you should be sure to avoid with piles, no matter how difficult it is to resist the temptation!
Avoid spicy foods
The first thing to avoid with piles is eating spicy foods. Spicy foods are good to eat at the time, but not so good when they are on their way out of your body by way of a bowl movement. Spicy meals can cause an additional irritation to your piles which you will notice as they start to sting!
Our natural instinct, when we have an itch, is to scratch. Unfortunately, scratching piles will always make them much worse. Piles are difficult to keep clean with toilet paper alone, and this contributes to the itch. Therefore, it is essential to clean the infected area thoroughly either by using a bidet, bath, shower or using medicated wipes. Cleaning the area should hopefully reduce the itching and may even stop it altogether. If you are still itchy after cleaning, try using ice-packs to numb the area but scratching is always something to avoid with piles.
Straining to go pass a motion is one of the main causes of piles and therefore straining when you are already suffering from piles will make the condition worse. Should you find that you are suffering from constipation or just have harder than normal stools, it would be worth trying a stool softener or a laxative for short-term relief. It isn’t advisable to take laxatives in the long-term as it is easy to become dependant on them. A more natural ways of softening the stools is to eat fibre rich foods and drink lots of water. This will help waste pass through your system more efficiently and you will have less difficulty in passing motions.
Something else you can try to ease straining is to lubricate the area. Try placing a small amount of petroleum jelly just within the anus and around the piles. This can allow the stool to slide out more easily.
Avoid prolonged sitting
You may have heard the old wives tale that sitting on a cold step can give you piles. It appears that there is some truth in this. Although sitting doesn’t actually cause piles, sitting for prolonged periods of time on hard surfaces is something to avoid with piles. The pressure from the hard surface can cause the piles to flare up. There are inflatable pillow rings that are available to purchase that are specifically designed especially for people suffering from hemorrhoids. These pillows look like rubber rings and are a great help in getting you sitting comfortably.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol are both diuretics and cause fluids to drain from the body. This can make stools harder and make it more difficult for waste to pass through the body. It is best to try to avoid caffeine and alcohol as much as possible when you are suffering from piles, especially if your piles are in an active state. If you find it difficult to cut alcohol and caffeine out altogether, you may find it easier to cut down and to increase your intake of water to counteract the effects.
Lastly, always avoid touching piles with unwashed hands because you may mistakenly infect them with bacteria. Infected piles are very painful and difficult to heal, so it is best not to take the chance. Touching your piles often starts them itching so it is best to avoid touching them as much as possible.
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