The Modern Mom
April 21, 2010
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Did you know that hemorrhoids are actually a type pf varicose vein?  I didn’t know that until now.  It happens when veins in the lower rectum or anus become inflamed and swollen from trauma or too much internal pressure.  Often, we relate it to constipation and pregnancy, but they also result from anal intercourse, high blood pressure, venous blockage, or simply as an unpleasant side effect of aging.  Hemorrhoids usually go away after a few days but some unlucky people suffer frequent bouts and enduring pain and may require hemorrhoids treatment.

With a few tweaks in your diet and lifestyle, hemorrhoids can be avoided.  A diet high in fiber and fruit can help soften stools.  Witch hazel can work wonders too.  This soothing astringent herb helps reduce swelling and tightens up the hemorrhoid so it can heal.  To do:  Mix one part witch hazel to one part water and apply it to the affected area up to six times a day.

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