A life with discomforting piles or hemorrhoids can be difficult. Everyday routine, such as visiting the toilet, traveling, and surviving the entire day out, can be quite challenging. Certain conditions or habits can aggravate the condition and worsen the things. However, avoiding these triggering conditions and habits can help you feel better and comfortable. So, you need to avoid these unfavorable habits to curb worsening your condition. Read on to find some hostile or unfavorable habits to avoid them in order to curb worsening your condition when you are suffering from piles.
- Leading A Sedentary Lifestyle
If you have a desk job which calls for long sitting hours or if you are spending most of your free time sitting and watching TV, it may make you suffer from chronic constipation and more straining while passing the stools.
Brisk walk for at least 30 minutes daily will keep you fit in many ways.
- Lifting Heavy Objects
Never overdo your weight lifting exercises, as you will end up putting more pressure on your external hemorrhoids. Keep your exercises moderate till your discomforting symptoms subside.
- Constipation & Diarrhea
The formation of external hemorrhoids is a result of chronic constipation and diarrhea. These two conditions can aggravate your piles. If you are suffering from these two conditions frequently then maintain a food diary and carefully evaluate which food items trigger these conditions and slowly eliminate them from your diet. If diarrhea still persists then consult a physician. A good amount of water intake daily takes care of your constipation effectively.
Do not strain while passing the stools. It will only aggravate you piles and cause them to bleed.
- Inappropriate sleep patterns
Most youngsters tend to stay up all night watching movies and TV series and end up waking up late in the morning. This, in turn, spoils the natural body mechanism and metabolism which leads to constipation. So, sleep early and wake up early. They were right in saying ‘Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise’.
- Overuse Of Laxatives
When suffering from constipation and piles, you are bound to be prescribed with laxatives by your physician to get some relief. Usually, these laxatives are not to be taken for more than a week. There are many home remedies for constipation which can give you relief without any side-effects. Prefer to follow them instead of having laxatives for a long period of time. And, adequate water intake is always one of the easiest and best remedies.
- Spending Too Much Time In The Toilet
Remember not to spend more than 10-15 minutes in the toilet. Straining while passing stools will only lead to more skin tags and bleeding. When you are reading your newspaper or scrolling through various social media, you tend to lose track of time and end up putting a lot of pressure.
- Coffee Addiction
Drinking too much coffee causes dehydration and can irritate your stomach lining. Caffeine is also known to cause constipation. So, cut down on your coffee intake.
- Don’t Fight The Urge
When your body gives signals to pass the stools, never ignore those signals and evacuate your bowels the first thing. Controlling the urge will only put more pressure on your anal area.
- Diet Rich In Spicy & Fried Food
Spicy food intake is a known trigger for constipation and piles. Not just spicy food but fried food, meat, and alcohol will also make your piles turn from bad to worse. Instead, add more fiber to your diet. And like I mentioned earlier, have enough water! Drink plenty of water daily for smooth bowel movements and relief.
Sitz bath always helps relieve of your pain and promotes healing effectively.
Piles or hemorrhoids can worsen with the slightest triggers. Mentioned above are important factors to be taken into consideration to prevent any further damage. Also, don’t be embarrassed to seek the treatment for piles or hemorrhoids. There are chances that you have just been diagnosed and going for the right guidance and proper medication at the right time can prevent your condition from getting worse. So, make sure you avoid all above triggering habits and prevent your condition from turning worse.
– Written by Dr. Krutika, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah