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How can you avoid making your hemorrhoids worse?

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Avoid worsening your hemorrhoids with the following tips:

  • Bump up the fiber. It softens your stools and makes them move through your body more easily. You'll find it in beans, whole-grain breads and cereals, and fresh fruits and veggies. You may also want to try a supplement if you can't get enough from foods. Add fiber slowly to help avoid gas and bloating.
  • Drink lots of fluids. Stay well hydrated to keep stools soft so they're easier to pass. Water is the best choice. Drink plenty throughout the day. Prune juice is a natural laxative and can help you go.
  • Exercise regularly. Even brisk walking 20-30 minutes every day can help keep you from getting stopped up.
  • Breathe! Keep the air moving in and out when you're working hard. It's common to hold your breath as you're pushing, pulling, or making an effort (you probably don't realize you're doing it) -- and that can lead to hemorrhoid pain and bleeding.
  • Use a pillow. Sit on a cushion instead of a hard surface. It will ease swelling for any hemorrhoids you have. It may also help prevent new ones from forming.
  • Take breaks. If you must sit for a long time, get up every hour and move around for at least 5 minutes.

From: How to Treat Hemorrhoids at Home WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 18, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/18/2018

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FamilyDoctor.org: "Hemorrhoids Treatment."

Harvard Health Publications: "Hemorrhoids and what to do about them."

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center: "Bowel Program in Spinal Cord Injury."

Cleveland Clinic: "Hemorrhoids."

Medscape: "Hemorrhoids Treatment & Management."

UptoDate: "Patient information: Hemorrhoids (Beyond the Basics)."

Harvard Health Publications: "6 self-help tips for hemorrhoid flare-ups."

Komaroff, A. , Simon & Schuster, 1999. The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide

NPR: "For Best Toilet Health: Squat Or Sit?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 18, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hemorrhoids Treatment."

Harvard Health Publications: "Hemorrhoids and what to do about them."

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center: "Bowel Program in Spinal Cord Injury."

Cleveland Clinic: "Hemorrhoids."

Medscape: "Hemorrhoids Treatment & Management."

UptoDate: "Patient information: Hemorrhoids (Beyond the Basics)."

Harvard Health Publications: "6 self-help tips for hemorrhoid flare-ups."

Komaroff, A. , Simon & Schuster, 1999. The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide

NPR: "For Best Toilet Health: Squat Or Sit?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 18, 2018

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