Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around your anus or lower rectum. Hemorrhoids can sometimes be itchy and painful. We all have hemorrhoids, but they will get problematic when the hemorrhoid tissues enlarge, weaken and come free of their supporting structure.

How long do hemorrhoids last?

Hemorrhoids symptoms may clear up in few days without treatment if your hemorrhoids are small. If they develop further they can start causing problems and discomfort. Getting hemorrhoids can have different causes and depending on the symptoms it`s possible to define what type of hemorrhoids you have and in what state they are. Widely developed hemorrhoids can take longer to heal, therefore it`s important to deal with hemorrhoids and get the causes under control as soon as possible.

Some women will develop hemorrhoids during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester, when the pressure in their abdomen is increased. Hemorrhoids developed during pregnancy are likely to last until childbirth and in most cases, the symptoms disappear after that. Until then it may be necessary to relieve the symptoms or prevent hemorrhoids developing further.

There is no one rule of thumb how long the hemorrhoids last or how long it takes to cure them as the causes can be different and also it depends on that specific person who has hemorrhoids. But in most cases hemorrhoids can be treated at home, treatments will help to relieve the symptoms and initially help to get rid of hemorrhoids.

Some bleeding from rectal area, small amounts of blood on the toilet tissue or in the stool is normal with hemorrhoids. But if the bleeding is very excessive, the blood is very dark or you have persistent fecal incontinence, pain intensifies suddenly or some other symptoms occurring that are not related to hemorrhoids, it would be advised to see the doctor as this may refer to some other disease or a very severe grade of hemorrhoids.

How to prevent and heal hemorrhoids?

If you have hemorrhoids, lifestyle changes will help to heal them faster. Adding more fiber foods such as fruits, grains, and vegetables can help soften your stool. Also, you should drink lots of water and do exercises regularly. There are some simple tasks to follow to prevent them or heal hemorrhoids if you have already got them.

Go when you need to go

Minimize the time you sit on the toilet. This sounds like common-sense advice, but too many people ignore it. If you delay using the bathroom, your stool may become hard and dry in your bowel, which makes it harder to pass. If you strain to pass stool, your risk for hemorrhoids rises.

Speaking of straining, don’t force a bowel movement when you don’t need to go, either. Straining increases the pressure on your venous cushions, which leads to hemorrhoids.

Limit your time in the bathroom

The more time you spend on the toilet, the more likely you will strain for bowel movements. The seated position puts extra stress on your anal blood vessels and these factors boost your risk of hemorrhoids.

If your toilet has loads of magazines or books on the water tank, consider moving them to another room.

Add to your diet more high fiber foods

A lack of fiber is a very common issue for “stool” problems.
Try getting more fiber from green vegetables and 100 percent whole grains. High-fiber meals contain broccoli, beans, carrots, bran and oat bran, whole-grain meals, and fruit. Fiber supplements help reduce hemorrhoidal hemorrhaging, irritation, and enhancement.

To prevent hemorrhoids, you want a stool that is soft and easy to pass. You can reach the right consistency by making smart diet choices and drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Many different studies have highlighted how eating a diet high in fiber can boost your immune system and overall health. Read more here.

Exercise regularly

Exercise helps to improve from or prevent many bowel and digestive issues, including hemorrhoids. Quick walking 20–30 minutes each day, will help promote healthier and gentler bowel movements. When you are inactive, everything slows down, including your bowels.

Exercising helps to keep waste moving through your intestinal tract. In turn, this helps you to avoid constipation and dry, hard stool. Choose an active lifestyle!

Notice that you should avoid weight lifting, squats and similar motions that increase abdominal pressure. If you’re trying to prevent hemorrhoids or get rid of them, these exercises can do more harm than good.

If you are more interested in a specific exercise which can make pelvic muscles stronger than you should practice Kegel exercises. Read more here.

To sum it up

It can be said that it depends much on yourself how long your hemorrhoids last – with proper lifestyle, correct behavior, and preventive actions you can heal your hemorrhoids quickly.

For more information read also our: Complete guide to holistic hemorrhoid treatment.