You may have developed haemorrhoids (also known as ‘piles’), if you experience the following symptoms: blood in your stool or toilet bowl, blood on your toilet paper, incomplete and painful bowel movements, itching and/or irritation in or near the anus, a painful lump in or near your anus, or pain while sitting. We do suggest you consult your general practitioner if you are not sure whether your symptoms are caused by haemorrhoids. Bleeding and pain from your rectum could be symptoms of a more serious illness. Many people feel embarrassed when facing the problem and frequently seek medical care only when the case is advanced.
The best way to prevent haemorrhoids, and to prevent them from re-occurring, is a healthy lifestyle with a good mix of (fibrous) nutrition and exercise, regular toilet habits and personal hygiene.
Nutrition: increase your fibre intake. Eat sufficient grains, fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of fluid (no alcohol) – recommended are 1.5-2 litres a day.
Exercise: exercise daily and aim for a healthy weight as obesity may increase the risk of haemorrhoids.
Toilet habits: avoid straining while attempting to defecate and avoid laxatives as they can aggravate haemorrhoids. Spend as little time as possible on the toilet, but at the same time do not rush your natural needs. Go to the toilet regularly and do not not to hold it in. This could result in constipation, causing you to exert more pressure.
Personal hygiene: using regular toilet paper, wipe the anal area gently but thoroughly – front to back – after each bowel movement. In addition, you may use moist wipes designed for adult bathroom use or baby wipes. If you have already developed haemorrhoids, we advise you use HemoClin Wipes.