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Tips for Using Mineral Oil in the Treatment of Hemorrhoids

Talking about Hemorrhoids is not one of the most pleasant topic to discuss even with your best friend or even your doctor as it is an embarrassing subject and this is why many people who suffer from them hemorrhoid tend to avoid talking about them. However, having Hemorrhoids is very common and almost half of the American population will have suffered from them by the age of 50, though approx ten million Americans are suffering from painful hemorrhoids right now only 5% are seeking medical attention.

Having a hemorrhoid is not a fatal condition, but with lack of information, it may become dangerous, and it is important to identify the causes of Hemorrhoids to avoid them becoming worse and even to prevent it from becoming pathological, one must also be informed of the kinds of hemorrhoids and their recommended treatment.

Most Hemorrhoids will actually heal up on their own, which is good to know. Unless you continue to strain when defecating or have chronic constipation or diarrhea, which causes it to flare up, most hemorrhoids heal naturally with out any interventions.

You know when you have hemorrhoids when you find it difficult to even have a bowel movement. You will experience pain, itching, swelling and often bleeding because of your hemorrhoids. If any such symptoms occur to you, it is wise to first consult your doctor.

Your doctor may advise lifestyle changes and the use of a hemorrhoid treatment cream to treat your condition. However, in the world of hemorrhoid sufferers, the word ‘cure’ actually means that your particular hemorrhoid will shrink and so stop giving you the discomfort of the associated problems.

So is it possible for you to completely cure your hemorrhoid problem? Well, unfortunately the simple answer is “no.” The truth is that no matter what a treatment program claims it can do, the problem veins will remain in your anal walls. So although there is no way to permanently “cure” the problem, there are a number of treatments that help not only in minimizing your risk of hemorrhoid but can also help at shrinking the size and reducing the pain and irritation that is associated with hemorrhoids. We must then look at methods that ensure the veins in your anal walls stay stress-free as reducing this is a key way to keeping these veins from struggling and swelling to prevent hemorrhoids.

What sufferers really need are tips on how to avoid getting hemorrhoids in the first place and tips to reduce the suffering they inflict without resorting to surgery or expensive ointments, preferably using a natural remedy.

Tip 1. Check your Diet and lifestyle first:

A little knowledge of the main causes of hemorrhoids may help to prevent hemorrhoid in becoming pathological. They are most frequently due to an unbalanced diet and straining during excretion in the anal part. These two main causes are connected, because when you eat the wrong foods, it will lead to poor bowel movements which will often lead to constipation and straining in the toilet.

The Western diet makes many people much more liable to hemorrhoids, this is largely because the western diet has become full of processed contents lacking in fiber content, and consumption of processed foods has increased still further with the sheer numbers and variety of fast food outlets.

Tip 2 The Use of a Protectant.

Protectants such as Mineral Oil (Balneol) are used to prevent irritation, itching, pain and burning of the perianal area by forming a physical barrier on the skin. Some of the main protectants used are:

  • Aluminum hydroxide gel
  • Cocoa butter
  • Glycerin
  • Kaolin
  • Lanolin
  • Mineral oil (Balneol)
  • White petrolatum
  • Starch
  • Zinc oxide or calamine (which contains zinc oxide) in concentrations of up to 25%
  • Cod liver oil or shark liver oil if the amount of vitamin A is 10,000 USP units/day.
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