What Are My Hemorrhoid Treatment Options

January 2nd, 2011

If you have developed noticeable hemorrhoids, then you are probably looking to find an appropriate treatment as soon as possible. Left untreated, the problem can become more severe and it is probably already painful, itchy, and irritating to say the least. Fortunately, you have options when it comes to hemorrhoid treatment—starting in your own home.

Treatment at Home

The most basic hemoroids treatments are modifications to your diet and lifestyle coupled with over the counter medicines. You can begin by doing everything you can to make yourself more comfortable. Alter your diet to make bowel movements easier on your body by increasing your fiber intake and after a bowel movement, you should:

• Blot gently to dry without rubbing and irritating.
• Try to keep the area clean with a cleansing agent.
• Take a sitz bath to relax and warm the area and surrounding muscles.

Make sure that you are not using products that contain either dye or perfume as these can irritate. You can take non-prescription pain medications like NSAIDS in order to treat pain and inflammation. There are also creams available to treat itching and irritation. You may also apply ice or warmth several times a day. Finally, you can relieve pressure with bed rest.

Fixatives

The next step up in hemorroid treatment is a fixative treatment. These non-surgical medical treatments can help with small hemorrhoids. There are two main options: Rubber band ligation and coagulation. This last can be done with light as well as lasers and electricity. In both cases the goal is to cut off the blood supply, effectively starving the hemorrhoid.

Surgery

You can also treat hemorrhoids with surgery, however, this method is generally reserved for cases where other treatments are not working or are inappropriate. In this case the treatment is a hemorrhoidectomy.

Keeping The Weight OFF

October 18th, 2009

keep-weight-offOne of the biggest problems with dieting today is keeping the weight that you lose OFF. Usually it is not that difficult to lose the weight, however, it is more difficult to keep the weight off. A lot of times this is because it is difficult to maintain the rigid diet standards that led to the sudden weight loss. Although some people struggle to keep their weight off, there are others who have been successful at losing weight and keeping it off. How do they do this?

Usually people who keep weight off maintain a low-fat diet. However, they are not extremely restrictive. They do make sure to control their portions. In addition, successful weight loss maintenance almost always involves eating breakfast. It is an extremely important meal of the day. Furthermore, for those who want to keep weight off, physical activity is always helpful. And, lastly, a positive attitude is extremely beneficial.

Additionally, keeping weight off usually involves a routine. Make your new weight loss choices part of your lifestyle. This way, it will not be difficult to make decisions that could impact your weight because you will already be accustomed to healthy eating or you will already be used to physical exercise.

The Importance Of Vitamin D

September 24th, 2009

vitamin-dI love the sun and almost everyone who works in medicine today will tell you that the sun is bad for you. It can age your skin, harm your skin, etc. However, the one positive that comes from sun exposure is Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is a vitamin that our body makes after being exposed to UV rays from the suns. It actually functions as a hormone and it can help increase the absorption of calcium and phosphorous. In doing so, vitamin D helps promote strong bones in our body.

Researchers also seem to think that vitamin D is an important factor in helping our immune system. It is also probable that vitamin D regulates cell and growth and can help prevent cancer. In addition, for those at risk of developing autoimmune disease, vitamin D is a great shield against the disease.

For most people, simply being in the sun will allow them to get the necessary requirement of vitamin D. However, depending on where they reside, it may be more difficult to get access to sunlight. Also, certain sunscreens block UV rays, preventing vitamin D intake. Therefore, it may be a good idea to get a supplement to ensure you are getting enough of this essential vitamin.

What’s The Right Amount Of Exercise?

September 21st, 2009

exerciseEvery medical professional will tell you that exercise is important. In fact, getting enough exercise is vital to the health of our body. And, we do not realize that exercise is really as important as eating right. Too often, exercise is connected with losing weight. And, while exercise is an important part of weight loss, it is also an important part of our daily health. Therefore, regardless of your weight loss goals, exercise should be part of your lifestyle. How much exercise is the right amount of exercise to be healthy?

Health experts say that 90 minutes of exercise a week is the optimal amount of exercise to remain healthy. For the average person, this means you could spend 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, exercising. Ideally, aerobic exercise is the best type of exercise because it is the best for you heart. As you exercise, your heart muscle will get stronger. And, aerobic exercise increases your heart rate, which helps circulate your blood flow. And, or course, aerobic exercise does burn the most calories.

If you are not currently exercising 3 times a week, consider starting a routine. You will be healthier. And, you do not have to run a marathon to get a good aerobic workout!

Cheating On Your Diet? No Problem!

September 21st, 2009

cheat-dietI don’t know about you, but for me the hardest thing about dieting is the idea that you can NEVER eat the foods you love. It is easy for me to eat healthy almost all of the time; however, on occasion I like to eat a cookie. I am just NOT one of those people who can go their whole life without or whole weight loss period without a cookie. I would give up. For me, it is basically a recipe for failure. If you are like me, than you might consider trying the 5-Factor Diet.

The 5-Factor Diet is a numberswiki.com

great diet plan for those who need to cheat on occasion. And, it was actually created for celebrities; so, chances are it will work. With the diet, you will eat healthy foods in small amounts more frequently. When you start the diet, you should expect to lose weight and have more energy.

And, get this, cheating is not only encouraged – it is MANDATORY! For one day a week, you get to eat whatever you want. Then, you return to the regular diet for the rest of the 6 days of the week. Check out the 5-Factor Diet today. It might be right for you!

Smart Nutrition: Choosing Your Food

September 14th, 2009

smart-nutritionToday we have more access to a variety of foods and more access to nutrition information than ever. While this is a great benefit, it can also be overwhelming and make choosing the right foods difficult. The following options might be beneficial when you are unsure what decisions to make when it comes to nutrition:

1. Eat Smart, Be Fit, and Live Longer. This is the mentality of those who lived in Blue Zones – areas where people lived to ages of 100 years old. Try eating a plant based diet.
2. Choose Carbs That Satisfy You. more info

If possible, focus on complex caborhydrates – whole grains, legumes, and vegetables.
3. Add Nutrients To Your Diet. Make sure you are getting your daily intake of calcium and the vitamins you need.
4. Eat Treats, But Save Them For A Special Day!
5. Do not over salt. While sodium is good, too much can lead to risk of disease.
6. Try eating foods that are good for you. Most of us know what these foods are, so implement them in your diet.
7. Portion control your meals so that you do not eat more than you should.
8. Eat good proteins. Avoid fried foods and stick with the grilled option.

What Can We Learn From Blue Zones?

August 11th, 2009

blue-zonesIf you have not heard of Blue Zones, than you are in for a fascinating read. Blue Zones are regions of the world that contain people who are over the age of 100 years old, living active lives. Researchers and Scientists around the world have studied these regions and they have classified the people that live in them by their unique ability to live a longer life than the rest of the world.

There have been five Blue Zones discovered – Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa, Japan, Loma Linda, California, Nicoya, Peninsula, Icaria, Greece. From the research collected on these areas, scientist determined certain characteristics that contributed to the longevity of their lives.

First, all areas emphasized the family. It was their top priority above everything else. Additionally, no one smoked. The inhabitants in these communities all shared a plant-based diet. And, they all engaged in moderate physical activity on a regular basis. Furthermore, they were social with others, providing for fulfillment and happiness. And, lastly, they used legumes.

Although you might not be able to switch your lifestyle over completely to a lifestyle like theirs, there are certain characteristics that they implemented that may be beneficial to promoting better health and a longer life. Try a few.

Is Medical Travel Right for You?

June 10th, 2009

Medical TravelWhether medical travel is right for you depends on a lot of different things. However, if you’re looking to get a procedure done – whether cosmetic or necessary – and you’re also looking to save some money, it might be a good choice.

People are starting to do it a lot more than they did in the past. It was originally thought that many of the procedures were second-rate in other countries and that it wasn’t safe to go there. Now, though, people know that this is not true and that you can get very good quality work for much less than you can get in the United States. The key is to go to the right place for what you need done.

Research into where to have specific procedures done is important, since you don’t want to go to a place that doesn’t specialize in what you need done. You want to find a highly-trained physician, too. A lot of these people have been trained in the United States and have gone back to their home countries to help others. They are generally the people you want to go to.

Healthy Living Can Help Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis

March 18th, 2009

744166_market_stall_fruitIf you’re an active person, you’re in luck – you probably don’t have to worry that much about a condition called deep vein thrombosis. This is essentially a blood clot in the leg that can travel to the heart or lungs, and can sometimes cause death.

For most people this kind of problem can be avoided, but active people are at an even lower risk. If you sit for long periods of time, for example if you like scrapbooking and spend a lot of time doing that activity, you should make sure that you get exercise to counteract it. Go down to a Cricut Expression Sale to look for more scrapbooking supplies and walk around a little bit so that you can keep yourself healthy and protect yourself from danger.

A Healthier Choice for Valentine’s Day

February 11th, 2009


If you’re looking forward to sharing Valentine’s Day with someone special but you don’t want to ruin your diet by eating all that chocolate, there are healthier alternatives that you can really enjoy.

A lot of fruits and vegetables have been proven to have compounds in them which put people in the mood for love. By incorporating them into a home-cooked, romantic dinner, it’s more likely that the sparks will fly. Avocadoes, almonds, and strawberries are some of the best choices, and they are all great foods that can easily be added to the menu without a lot of difficult planning and preparation.

Citrus fruit, figs, and seafood can also have the same kind of stimulatory effect, helping couples to enjoy their romantic time together even more than they otherwise would. These aren’t gimmicky foods that are supposed to enhance sexuality and don’t really do anything. They are proven to have compounds and minerals and vitamins in them that can help stimulate the body. They are also good for you, so if you’re trying to lose a little weight or be healthier overall, that’s another added benefit.