Until you have experienced the exquisite pain of itching, burning and swelling hemorrhoids while you are constipated and pushing with your entire system to move the stools through your intestines while resisting the sharp stabbing waves of pain as the constipated movement squeezes your hemorrhoids until you feel like you are about to faint from the pain, you don’t know just how debilitating hemorrhoids can be.
Causes of Hemorrhoids Itching
Internal hemorrhoids irritate the mucus membrane that lines the anal canal, making it secrete more mucus to lubricate the region.
After which, mucus escapes the anal sphincter and moistens the anus and the skin around it.
It dries up and irritates the skin around the area causing itching.
Inflamed Internal Hemorrhoids
Another major cause of hemorrhoids itching is the pressure exerted by the inflamed internal hemorrhoids in the surrounding blood vessels.
As more and more blood flow through the blood vessels, the hemorrhoids also grow bigger.
The swelling of the hemorrhoids cause itching accompanied with a burning sensation.
When it comes to external hemorrhoids, the major cause of hemorrhoids itching is irritation that occurs around the anal region.
External hemorrhoids are prone to infection and irritation especially if one fails to take care of it.
Fecal matter and substances used to clean the anus like soap can irritate the hemorrhoids and cause itching.
Relieving Itching, Burning Pain and Swelling Hemorrhoids
There are two things you can do and they work best if these two things are done in tandem:
- One is to soften your stools so they push less pressure on your suffering hemorrhoids.
- The other is to relieve the pressure and pain of the hemorrhoids.
First let’s look at the best ways to soften your bowel movements. The typical recommendation is to increase fiber and drink more water.
And this really is the heart of the matter of dealing with constipation.
A fast and effective (and safe) solution is psyllium which is a seed fiber that absorbs water and bulks up what you take it into your system.
It is not affected by stomach enzymes so it moves into your colon in a large fibrous mass and essentially sweeps out the clogged feces.
It stimulates your bowel and feeds the good bacteria. It even cleans out your bowel pockets.
You can get it in pill form. Just back sure you drink lots of water with it to keep its nice and soft as it pushes through your system.
As for the itching, burning and swelling hemorrhoids, your best bet is to sooth the area with hemorrhoid medication formulated for relieving them.
Hemorrhoid creams with hydrocortisone relieve the pain and itching. witch hazel is effective for relieving the itching.
The swelling can be handled with ice packs and warm baths. Both the cold and the heat are good for the swelling.
Here is a five step plan for dealing with the itching, burning and swelling of haemorrhoids:
- Begin with a medicated treatment from your pharmacy that will relieve the itching and pain. The itching is particularly problematic because the urge to scratch can be overwhelming to the point that you will scratch and make the itching worse.
- Take psyllium and drinks lots of water to get more fiber into your body quickly.
- Soak in a hot tub for 20 minutes three or four times a day.
- Don’t wipe after a bowel movement using toilet paper but use pre-moistened tissue or baby wipes and just pat yourself clean and dry.
- Eat more dietery fiber source of fruit and vegetables to your daily diet.
Once you get your hemorrhoids under control, use ice packs to reduce the swelling and keep it reduced.
Continue to relax in warm water several times a day until you can feel the relief continuing from day to day.
Find a cream that contains witch hazel and apply it directly on your hemorrhoids. Don’t keep sitting for hours and hours on end.
Get up and move around every hour. It keeps your blood flowing which has the impact of keeping the blood moving through your veins and this keeps your blood from pooling and creating problems with your body.