Itching due to hemorrhoids should be treated immediately before they get worse. However, before you begin, it is important to know the causes.
Why do hemorrhoids itch and how to make itchy? Here are some useful information that can help you.
Causes of itching due to hemorrhoids
- Internal hemorrhoids irritate the mucous membrane lining the anal canal which then secretes more mucus to lubricate the area. After that, the mucus escapes from the anal sphincter and moistens the anus and the skin around it. When it dries out, it irritates the skin and causes itching.
- Another major cause of itching is the pressure exerted by the inflamed internal hemorrhoids on the surrounding blood vessels. As the blood flow causes the vessels to swell under this pressure, the hemorrhoids also swell in their turn. The swelling of hemorrhoids causes itching and a burning sensation.
- When it comes to external hemorrhoids , the main cause of itching is the irritation that occurs around the anal area. External hemorrhoids are vulnerable to infection and irritation especially if you can not properly clean them. Feces but also substances used to clean the anus, such as soap, can irritate hemorrhoids and cause itching.
Treatments for this itching
- Change the diet
The best prevention of itching is to have a healthy diet that reduces the acidic pH of your stool. The diet should avoid caffeinated beverages and alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine.
In addition, it is recommended to drink plenty of water and fruit juice rich in vitamin C. It would also be helpful to eat fruits and vegetables that can help soften the stool.
- Take sitz baths
Immediate relief can be provided by frequent sitz baths in hot water. Soaking the affected area for 15 minutes two to five times a day will remove feces residues and relieve pain and itching. You can take this sitz bath in a tub or a special basin.
- Anti-itch creams
There are creams and ointments against hemorrhoids that can lessen the itching. It is advisable to use creams dosed with 1% hydrocortisone or with extracts of witch hazel . Read the labels and instructions carefully before applying the cream.
- Homeopathic medicines
There are different homeopathic medicines that can help you prevent and relieve the itch yourself.
Nux Vomica is often used for itching, painful hemorrhoids, and chronic constipation.
Officinalis Paeonia or peony can relieve anal itching and burning sensations after waste disposal.
Pulsatilla and sulfur are also commonly used in the treatment of itchy hemorrhoids.
The treatments listed above can relieve you of these uncomfortable itches and prevent hemorrhoids. Consult your doctor before taking homeopathic remedies.