How To Prevent Hemorrhoids

Article reviewed by Marc Steben

A high-fibre diet with large amounts of water can help prevent hemorrhoids. Your stool will be softened, decreasing constipation, pain, spasms and straining. It will also allow the dilated veins to decrease in size. Prescription treatment options in ointment or foam preparations are available to relieve your symptoms and to help prevent other complications.

You can help prevent hemorrhoids in the following ways:

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Keep in mind that these steps will not only help you prevent hemorrhoids but can also help relieve your symptoms.

  • Try to prevent constipation or straining too heavily
  • Drink more fluids
  • Walk and exercise regularly, including Kegel exercises
  • Eat a high-fibre diet
  • Avoid heavy lifting

Prevent Hemorrhoids and Constipation

Maintaining regular bowel movements will help you prevent hemorrhoids.

  • Respond promptly to the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Develop regular bowel habits: ideally, 15 to 20 minutes after breakfast because bowel motility is optimal then
  • Try not to strain or hold your breath when you go to the toilet, as this creates pressure in the veins in the lower rectum
  • Drink more fluids (about 6 to 8 glasses a day)
  • Increase your intake of high-fibre food gradually to minimize side effects. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains. As you increase the amount of fibre in your diet, it is important to drink more water. The effect may take as much as five days
  • Buy psyllium cereal at grocery store or psyllium powder or capsules at drug store
  • Prune juice is a soft natural laxative
  • Moderate exercise, such as walking, helps to maintain intestinal regularity
  • Seeing a physical therapist specialized in the pelvic floor may help you

Avoid using enemas and over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives without advice from your health care professional. Prescription treatment options in ointment or foam preparations are available to relieve your symptoms and help to prevent other complications.

Remember that it can take several days to relieve constipation and, in the case of chronic constipation, several weeks.

 

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