Most sellers of hemorrhoid remedies concentrate all their efforts on telling you how good their products are to provide relief from the pains and discomfort of the decease. No one is telling you how to prevent the problem, which is relatively simple. If you go to your doctor complaining about hemorrhoids, chances are that he, or she, will not have the time to explain all the things that may help you prevent the problem to reocur after you have obtained relief. We invite you to show our list to your physician and ask him, or her, for a professional opinion and confirmation of our statements.

There are two major steps you can take to minimize the symptoms of hemorrhoids. One is to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, a step that may also help hemorrhoids from developing. The other is to practice good anal hygiene. There are many other important factors and things you should know. Here are some:

Since straining on the toilet, due to constipation, is the main cause of hemorrhoids, it follows that avoiding constipation is an important part of prevention and -in mild cases – cure. Many doctors consulted declared that adding fiber to the diet was the only treatment needed for about half of all cases of hemorrhoids. Fiber resists digestion and reaches the large intestine virtually unchanged. There, it speeds the passage of feces through the intestine, lessening the strain of bowel movement. Fiber also retains water and adds to the bulk, softness, and weight of stool, all factors in easing strain. Adding liquids to the diet contributes to the softening effect. The best way to increase the fiber intake is to eat fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals.

Good anal care can also help control irritation and itching, whether caused by hemorrhoids or not. The most important thing is to keep the skin around the anus clean and dry. Residual fecal matter keeps the area moist and can irritate the skin, but vigorously wiping with dry toilet paper may make things worse. Instead, swab the area after each bowel movement using toilet paper moistened with warm water, and then gently pat the area dry. For convenience and a soothing effect, some people like pre-moistened wipes such as Tucks Pads, Gentz Wipes, and others.

Soap residues can irritate, so always rinse off completely after showering or bathing. If soaps do cause irritation, you can clean the anal area with a product specially formulated for mildness, a perianal cleansing lotion. Perspiration can irritate the anal area, so avoid tight undergarments or pantyhose. Loose, cotton underwear is best. A light sprinkling of talcum powder in the area can help absorb moisture.

Avoid stress, excessive consumption of alcohol and seating for long periods without standing periodically to release the tension on the tissues around the anus.

Exercise regularly, it will help you prevent hemorrhoids and many other ailments.