Hemorrhoids will likely not go away on their own. This is because there are so many physical factors that can contribute to the aggravation of the swollen veins that realistically can’t be prevented. When pressure is increased in the area of the lower rectum, irritation may create swelling that is extremely uncomfortable and can last for weeks. This condition is very common among women that have given birth in the past few years and with those that suffer from constipation. Some will immediately treat their hemorrhoids and others will wait for them to go away, but can hemorrhoids go away on their own with natural treatment and patience or do you need to see a doctor? I’ll tell you everything you need to know to stop suffering from this very painful and uncomfortable condition naturally.
Can Hemorrhoids Go Away on Their Own?
Some people think that hemorrhoids are like hives—they will just go away on their own. But this is completely untrue and you should definitely treat them as soon as possible.
They do not go away on their own.
If left untreated, hemorrhoids can keep getting worse with time, which makes it even harder to treat. In the worst cases, the tissue inside the rectum can scar, making it permanently sensitive to damage and further bleeding. You will eventually need surgery to heal the area and this can be even more painful and expensive. (1)
Reasons to actively treat hemorrhoids immediately:
- Hemorrhoids take a long time to heal. If you were to wait for the area to heal on its own, it may take up to 3 weeks before it is back to normal. However, internal and external hemorrhoids are easily aggravated by many things like sitting and pooping.
- The condition may lead to immense pain. If untreated, the hemorrhoids will continuously get aggravated and swell until they can’t stop bleeding and you need surgery. No further explanation is really needed. It is going to be a bad time if it gets worse.
- The area may get infected. If aggravation ruptures the skin, this part of the body is very susceptible to horrible infections that may not be repaired naturally by the body.
- Bowel movements will be painful for a long time. Simply, this area will be irritated for a long duration already. You shouldn’t risk further pain.
What are Hemorrhoids?
Everybody has clusters of veins that lie beneath the membranes of the lower part of the rectum by the anus. The condition of hemorrhoids develops when these veins become swollen due to aggravation or pressure. The same type of thing can be seen with varicose veins in the legs.
Considering blood circulation versus gravity, the blood flow near the rectum must fight the downward force to travel back up to the heart. This is one of the many flaws that humans have in our evolution as a species. Hemorrhoids may be our tragic but natural flaw.
This condition is common among women during and after pregnancy. The presence of a baby in your abdomen will put pressure on your rectum. Essentially, pregnant women will need to push harder to go to the bathroom. The hormones that pregnant women take will also make it more likely for your veins to swell. (2)
For most, the symptoms of hemorrhoids will go away after birth.
There are two kinds of hemorrhoids:
Internal hemorrhoids occur in the lower rectum and are usually painless and unnoticeable at first. Usually, they will prolapse due to irritation and you will notice blood when you go to the bathroom. Wiping or itching after this happens can make the problem much worse.
External hemorrhoids are very uncomfortable because the skin becomes irritated and breaks. Your blood naturally clots and if this happens inside a hemorrhoid, the pain can be very serious. When this happens, a lump of clotted blood will form. After a few days, the clot will dissolve and the lump will subside and leave behind a skin tag, which will usually itch. (3)
It’s important to try to leave the area alone intentionally and accidentally. The condition can easily be worsened.
How Long Do Hemorrhoids Last?
This will depend on the size of the hemorrhoid and how inflamed it is.
Usually if they are small, the symptoms will subside after a few days with natural treatment and care. You can make a few tweaks to your diet and lifestyle to help them heal naturally and prevent a real problem from occurring.
Some internal hemorrhoids can become very large and even protrude outside the anus. If it prolapses, it can take a very long time to heal and may require a doctor’s attention. (4)
What Causes Hemorrhoids?
There are several mechanisms for the inflammation of the veins around the rectum. Typically, hemorrhoids are associated with:
- Chronic constipation
- Pushing too hard during bowel movements
- Sitting for too long on the toilet
- Lack of fiber in the diet
- Overuse of laxatives or enemas
- Anal sex
- Old age
All of these can increase the risk for pressure on the veins of your rectum, which can cause swelling.
The problem may also be genetic according to some studies. Some people are born with a “higher resting anal canal” so that the rectum tends to be tighter when resting. These patients are more susceptible to developing hemorrhoids. (5)
Genetic susceptibility for constipation also adds to the risk of developing hemorrhoids.
Natural Tips for Treating Hemorrhoids
If your hemorrhoids are developing or are small enough to have not caused a serious problem yet, you can try to treat them naturally and try to prevent inflammation that can lead to prolapse. If these methods don’t work, then you should definitely contact a doctor.
Some things you can do to relieve symptoms:
- Limit the amount of time on the toilet.
- Go to the bathroom as soon as possible when you feel the urge.
- Sleep on your side if you are pregnant because this will loosen the pressure on the rectum.
- You can try fiber supplements to loosen or add water to your stools. Psyllium husk and soluble fiber are good supplements for doing this. Watery stools can relieve the pressure on on your rectum.
- Keep the area clean and moisturized so that irritation won’t occur. Maybe try to take a shower after you pass a bowel movement.
- Sitting in a warm bath can relax the area as well.
- Topical relieve is ideal for treating hemorrhoids. Creams and suppositories with hydrocortisone or anaesthetics will can soothe the area and prevent itching.
If your hemorrhoid is clotting or rupturing, you may be in severe pain. If this is the case, you can take a trip to the doctor or hospital to have a minor procedure done to surgically remove the blood clot. (6)
A great natural and effective treatment for hemorrhoids is DMSO cream with aloe vera. This cream incorporates healing organic sulfur with moisturizing and nutritious aloe gel. This cream will never burn, itch, or irritate like store-bought creams will. Instead, it will provide the skin with what it needs to heal.
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