Even though half of us will have had hemorrhoids by the time we turn 50, there are ways to lesson the odds.
There are some concrete steps to take to reduce your risk, and most of them will do much to improve your overall health as well. They include:
- Eating a diet high in fiber, which promotes smoother, more regular bowel movements.
- Drinking plenty of water — six to eight glasses a day.
- Getting plenty of exercise.
- Using the bathroom when you feel the urge, rather than trying to wait.
It’s all pretty common-sense stuff, but you’d be surprised how many of us don’t stay on top of these easy to follow directions. If you’ve been remiss, and are dealing with hemorrhoids, don’t despair. Your doctor can recommend many over-the-counter remedies and at-home treatments to clear up the problem. And if they persist, there are some easy, surgical options that can be done on an outpatient basis. Those include hemorrhoid banding, injections and infrared coagulation.
There also are more involved surgical procedures, so be sure to discuss all your options with your physician. If you don’t have a primary caregiver, or would like to find a specialist or treatment center, click here for more information.