Foods to Eat and to Avoid for Hemorrhoids

Foods to Eat and to Avoid for Hemorrhoids: Living with hemorrhoids can be a hellish experience, unless you know what foods to eat and what foods to avoid. You can even improve the quality of life immensely by knowing a few no-cost tricks that help reduce bleeding, inflammation and relieve pain and itching associated with the condition. Hemorrhoids can occur at virtually any age, to any person. Those most at risk of developing them are adults and 50+ people with a poor diet and bad lifestyle habits.

The criteria for developing hemorrhoids lists living a sedentary lifestyle, battling recurrent, chronic constipation and enjoying a bad diet, rich in processed foods and low in dietary fiber. It has been found that genetics also plays a part in hemorrhoids occurrence, but the condition can be successfully prevented or managed without having to resort to costly and painful medical procedures by improving two key-aspects of your life: diet and exercise.

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Up next, read simple, cheap and efficient home treatments that can turn around your hemorrhoids experience for the better. Here are 5 solutions to improve your hemorrhoids diet plan and make hemorrhoids better:
1) Dietary fiber. Foods rich in dietary fiber such as whole grains (whole wheat, oat, barley) or nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds) are essential for good transit and easy stools. Dietary fiber basically adds bulk to stools, facilitating passage through the intestinal tract. Stools need to get bulky enough to make the muscles of the intestinal tract contract in view of eliminating them. Having oatmeal for breakfast, whole wheat pasta for lunch or pumpkin seeds for a midday snack prevents constipation, and thus strain, leading to effortless bowel movements that do not upset existing hemorrhoids.

2) Fruits and veggies. Although they may not contain as much dietary fiber as nuts and seeds or whole grains, they are needed to replace the unhealthy, constipating foods in your diet while supplying you with needed vitamins, minerals, calories and other nutrients. After all, one has to eat. But eating more natural foods prevents the condition from worsening. Kiwifruit, oranges, grapes, berries, apples, bananas, watermelons, pumpkins, legumes and green leafy vegetables are all rich in both dietary fiber and water and help with hemorrhoids in two ways: first they prevent constipation and, secondly, they help keep the intestines clean and ensure optimal transit time, all key-elements in reducing hemorrhoids discomfort.

3) Natural, unsaturated fatty acids. Healthy, natural fats such as those found in extra-virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, avocado, tuna, salmon and so on are ideal for anyone dealing with hemorrhoids. Fats help lubricate the passage of our bowel movements, reducing strain and friction which may upset hemorrhoid veins. In addition to this, healthy fats such as these contribute to cardiovascular health and supply good amounts of antioxidants.

4) Herbal remedies to improve intestinal transit time. Drinking herbal infusions made from fennel seeds, senna leaf, licorice root or dandelion can help calm down hemorrhoid flare-ups. All four plants help improve transit time, promote contractions of the intestinal muscles and thus prevent constipation, the main cause of hemorrhoid flare-ups. You can add chamomile and lemon balm tea for relaxation as well. Other combinations that may work for you are welcome. The daily recommended dose is 1-3 cups of tea, but it might be best to ask your doctor for advice on the correct dosage. Pregnant women and anyone suspecting they may be allergic to certain plants should consult a doctor first.

5) Lots of liquids. People dealing with hemorrhoids know that constipation makes everything worse. And a sure way to prevent it is to drink sufficient amounts of liquids, namely water, fruit juices and teas. I say ‘sufficient amounts of liquids’ because every person is different and not all of us need the same liquid intake. If you have a small build, you may need as little as 1.5 liters of water a day. If you have a bigger build, you may drink up to 3 liters of water a day.

A sure way to know how much liquids you need is to make sure you always have water at the reach of your hand so you can drink it whenever you feel thirsty. This way you will stay hydrated enough to prevent constipation and hemorrhoid flare-ups, but won’t drink more than you need, risking mineral deficiencies.

Foods for hemorrhoids

If you do not pay attention to your diet and continue on the same path, your hemorrhoids can get worse up to the point they start bleeding, itching like crazy and become incredibly painful. So what makes hemorrhoids worse?
1) Too much white bread, processed foods such as biscuits, cakes, muffins, puff pastry, candy, pies, doughnuts and so on promotes constipation. In its turn, constipation leads to strain and hemorrhoid flare-ups.

2) Too much meat. Eating meat all the time constipates due to the fact that it is low in dietary fiber. Opt for healthy fish (see foods map) or lean chicken meat such as chicken legs to get your supply of proteins and healthy fats at the same time. Also, remember to always add vegetables on your plate next to meat products.

3) Spicy foods. Ginger, pepper, hot peppers can cause even quiet hemorrhoids to get swollen up to the point you cannot sit down without feeling serious discomfort. While they may be healthy, it is recommended to consume them with great care or avoid them altogether if your hemorrhoids are acting up.

4) Eating dairy products. Dairy products tend to have a constipating effect on many people. While kefir or sour milk help with bowel transit, hard cheeses, cow milk and their by products may promote constipation which causes strain which, in turn, worsens hemorrhoid disease. This is because most diary products are harder to digest, slowing down the digestion process and normal bowel transit. Dairy is not a good source of fiber either, making it bad for hemorrhoids if you eat too much.

5) Lack of exercise. Avoid sitting down for extended periods of time to reduce pressure on your bottom area. Get up from your chair every 20-30 minutes and walk for 5 minutes to get your circulation started and ease pressure. You can also do squats, lunges, leg lifts, but no more than 10-15 because strain on your lower body muscles also upsets hemorrhoids.

While surgery is the only way to get rid of hemorrhoids for good (in most cases), dietary changes are the only ones that make the condition tolerable, prevent it from progressing or reappearing. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains, as little processed as possible can improve your condition and its prognosis immensely in only a couple of weeks. Drinking sufficient liquids and exercising a bit help with blood circulation. It takes a while to adopt certain dietary changes and adapt them to your lifestyle requirements, but results can be downright amazing.

If you feel your hemorrhoids acting up, here are 12 great tips to reduce inflammation, pain and itching and restore proper circulation:
1) Exercise a bit. Swimming, jogging, walking all stimulate circulation and ease pressure on the bottom area, helping you better manage hemorrhoids in the long term. But if they are acting up, moderate exercising such as walking in the park or to the grocery store can help reduce discomfort by restoring normal circulation. Remember to avoid intense physical activity. This means avoiding lifting weights, heavy things or strain, including abdominal strain. Strain of any kind to your abdominal area, including strain from forcing out bowel movements, increases pressure and causes hemorrhoids to bleed.

2) Get a massage. Have a specialist or your significant other massage your lower back, bottom and upper and lower legs to get your blood flowing. Restoring circulation will not only relax you and make you feel more energized, but it also helps reduce pressure and help you better manage the pain.

3) Take your vitamins. Taking vitamin C daily is an excellent way to maintain your colon healthy and preserve blood vessel integrity. And because hemorrhoids are nothing more than swollen blood vessels that tend to collapse and bleed at the slightest strain or pressure, high doses of vitamin C makes them less prone to bleeding. Vitamin C is also a powerful natural anti-inflammatory and can help reduce inflammation and pain associated with the condition. It can also act as a treatment for hemorrhoids because it encourage the production of collagen to add elasticity to blood vessels (which is what hemorrhoids are) and help them heal faster.

4) Use petroleum jelly. This is great for easing discomfort on especially bad days because it is an excellent lubricant promoting skin care. Petroleum jelly greatly helps reduce friction and pain and discomfort associated with the condition. Small amounts can be used internally as well, prior to having a bowel movement, so as to ease pain. Petroleum jelly is ideal because it is not absorbed by the skin, but rather stays on it preserving its moisture and reducing friction with underwear or skin-on-skin friction responsible for irritation and pain.

5) Do not scratch. Scratching damages the skin, irritates the hemorrhoids and increases itching and pain sensations. For this reason, sufferers are advised to abstain from scratching the area and resort to sitz baths instead.

6) Do not scrub hard. When washing, gently clean the bottom area to avoid further discomfort. Avoid scratching or rubbing the area excessively with bath sponges or towels to avoid further itching, pain and bleeding.

7) Keep things clean. Bleeding blood vessels and damaged or irritated skin can easily get infected so wash regularly to prevent further complications. Use lukewarm water, mild soaps or gentle antibacterial products specific for the affected area.

8) Enjoy lukewarm sitting baths. While it may not sound as much, sitz baths or sitting baths offer great relief for hemorrhoid disease. Sit in lukewarm water 2-3 times a day, for about 10-15 minutes whenever your hemorrhoids tend to flare up. You can add medicinal plants such as chamomile to the water, but the bath itself should be enough.

9) Do not use conventional laxatives because laxative medication can be easily misused and cause diarrhea which, in turn, causes further irritation and soreness. Moreover, laxatives may be too hard on the already-irritated mucosa and may worsen symptoms.

10) Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen. The greater the amounts of aspirin or ibuprofen you take for pain relief, the higher the risk for bleeding hemorrhoids you have. If sitz baths, diet changes, medicinal remedies do not offer you the relief you seek, then it might be time to address your medical professional for a more definitive solution.

11) Do not postpone bowel movements. As soon as you feel the need to go to the bathroom, go. The longer you delay it, the worse it will be. The strain resulting from holding back will lead to more pain and a longer recovery time. It may help to eat at fixed hours. This should help give you a clear idea of your transit time so you know just about when you should go to the bathroom. This way you should not have to postpone it.

12) Avoid constipation. This is by far the most damaging for the progression of hemorrhoids disease which is why dietary changes and moderate exercising are vital to managing the condition. Overall, increasing your fruits and vegetables intake and decreasing your meat, dairy and processed foods intake is the most efficient solution to preventing constipation and managing hemorrhoids.




162 Replies to “Foods to Eat and to Avoid for Hemorrhoids”

  1. Hi dear. Hope that you fine. About one month ago I had my hemorrhoid surgery, but I have been having some problems. Kindly give me answers.
    1) When I go to the bathroom, there is a little blood at first.
    2) After having a bowel movement, I feel pain and discomfort.
    3) After sleeping, there is a little yellow jelly type of liquid discharge which has a poor smell.
    4) After I wake up, there is a little temperature and the body feels a little hot.
    5) Can I wash with soap? I had the surgery about one month ago, but I guess that it still should be itchy because there are chemicals in soap.
    6) Discus about Fiber. What is fiber and in which vegetables and fruits is it found?
    Hope that you reply me soon.
    Warm Regards, Haroon-Malik.

    • Hello, Haroon. About the problems you have encountered following hemorrhoids surgery. First of all, know that different people may have different experiences with hemorrhoids surgery and post-hemorrhoids surgery recovery. The best person to ask about any strange symptoms after the surgery is the doctor that operated on you or a hemorrhoids specialist. So please see a doctor because you need an actual consultation post-surgery to make sure things are normal. This being said, here are a few possibilities:

      1) After a hemorrhoids surgery it is possible to experience a little bleeding when going to the bathroom. For some people the bleeding ends after a week, for others it may take up to a month or even more (two months sometimes). It is important to see a doctor about this and tell the doctor what color the blood is. Is the blood dark red or a light, pink red? This is very important information.

      2) A certain degree of pain or discomfort is expected following hemorrhoids surgery, but see a doctor to know if things are okay.

      3) The discharge you are seeing is called a post-hemorrhoidectomy drainage and it usually has a whitish or yellow color. It can take up to 2 months for it to clear, but check with your doctor periodically. Also, if you feel something is wrong and the discharge bothers you, see the doctor as soon as possible because in rare cases it might need to be cleaned.

      4) If you are feeling hot, it is possible you may have a fever and possibly an infection. See a doctor immediately and discuss all of these symptoms you’ve experiencing with him or her.

      5) What has your doctor told you about how to keep clean after the surgery? If you received any indications, follow them exactly. Soap is usually a good choice and you can choose a mild, creamy soap if you feel a regular one is too harsh on the skin. But remember to only wash outside and do it gently. Itching is relatively normal during recovery, but your doctor can tell you more.

      6) Fiber is plant material we don’t digest. It is found in all fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereal, edible flowers and anything that is a plant. Read more about what is dietary fiber and the benefits of fiber in the article here. Prunes (dried plums), apple juice, green leaf vegetables, whole grains like whole oats, beans of all kind, almonds and other nuts and seeds are rich in fiber. But remember you also have to drink plenty of water when you eat fiber. Hope this answers your questions and please see a doctor, especially about the potential fever. Wishing you lots of health.

  2. I have this small muscle coming out and it is not going in after bowel movement. Is it hemorrhoid? I have constipation too. Please help.

    • It seems to be a third or fourth degree hemorrhoid. It is a more advanced degree and the main cause for it is constipation. Please see a doctor. As for the constipation, eat more vegetables and fruit and drink plenty of water. Eat less meat and less cheese, avoid alcohol and processed foods. Hope this helps.

  3. I read you guide/article and starting to follow it. I am currently suffering from internal and external hemorrhoids, throbbing pain, burning, itching, bleeding. My stool comes out burning like an acid and I have flatulence.

    8 am – drink about 1 liter water in the morning with a little bit pink salt.
    9 am – drink glass of smoothie (fruits/vegetables).
    10 am to 12 pm – drink about 500 ml to 1 liter water.
    1 pm – lunch is baked chicken or vegetable meat lasagna or tuna salad or chicken salad or etc.
    No more spicy food.
    2 pm – orange or banana or any fruit (sometimes nothing).
    3-8 pm – drink 500 ml to 1 liter water.
    very light dinner – baked chicken or vegetable meat lasagna or tuna salad or chicken salad or etc.
    No more spicy food.
    9 pm- green tea with apple cider vinegar.
    10 am – 2 pills of stool softener with half 250 ml water.
    Sleep – toss and turn in pain, go on Facebook to kill time and actually sleep by 12 am.
    Get up about 2 to 3 times at night.
    This is what I started after reading your post. Amazing info you have put on this website. Please correct me or suggest me if I am doing anything wrong. Because my flatulence and stools feel acidic. God bless you!

    • First of all, I know how difficult it is to have hemorrhoids and to have to rearrange your life around them. The first thing I would like to tell you is to see a doctor and find out what degree your hemorrhoids are. This will make it easier for you to know how to better deal with them. Secondly, you are making some very healthy changes in your diet by drinking more water, eating fruits and vegetables daily, excluding spicy foods from your diet. But I am curious: why the salt in the morning? I know salt has its benefits, but it can also raise blood pressure if it’s too much and we all get most of the salt we need from what we eat during the day. Tuna, for example, has plenty of salt, especially canned tuna. Even fruits and vegetables have sodium. Also, does the apple cider vinegar help you in some way with the hemorrhoids? I am asking because it shouldn’t do anything for piles and because vinegar can cause or worsen stomach problems (acid reflux, gastritis, ulcers).

      Water is something we all should be drinking in sufficient amounts and it’s good especially for hemorrhoids because it combats dehydration, constipation and dry, hard stools. Just make sure you aren’t drinking too much. Drink when you feel thirsty, when you experience dry lips, dry mouth or dry throat etc. Drinking too much water, which is possible, can have side effects because it may lead to you losing more minerals than you take in.
      Also, have you considered maybe that the stool softener is causing loose stools? I don’t know for how long you have been taking it, but I’m guessing you take it because it helps you have softer stools. Just know that after some time it can cause loose stools and these loose stools can irritate and worsen hemorrhoids further, even causing that acidic feeling you’ve been experiencing. Stools should be soft, but firm in order not to bother your hemorrhoids, not loose because then they irritate.

      The idea, as far as I can tell you from my experience, is to relieve constipation through diet alone so you don’t have to rely on any type of help. You have to find the perfect balance in your diet so that you may enjoy soft, easy stools and get to the point your hemorrhoids don’t bother you anymore. For example, I have achieved this by enjoying a predominantly vegetarian diet. I always have vegetables with my every meal and eat nuts, seeds and fruit as snacks. I pair my food so that the lack of fiber in one food is compensated by the rich fiber content in another. Like you do with your tuna salad: tuna has a lot protein, but the vegetables you combine it with provide the fiber you need. From the point you start making changes to find the perfect diet for hemorrhoids for you, it will be a trial and error process until you find out what foods in what exact quantities are best for you. But this is an entirely individual process, so best of luck and keep going!

  4. I am so upset. I need your help actually. For the last 15 years I have been having problems with constipation. I am very shy to tell anyone and with the passage of time it has been getting worse and with every bowel movement I have been getting bleeding. It’s become very painful and I got my checkup and the doctor said it’s not piles, it’s actually a fissure and he wants to operate it asap. But I heard from so many people that it occurs again after operation. Just guide me, what should I do? I am in a lot of pain and I am 27 years old.

    • Hello, Sundas. I am very sorry to hear about your health problems. Fortunately, there are solutions. Fissures only reoccur if the constipation persists. If you have the surgery and learn how to avoid constipation, it shouldn’t reoccur. If the doctor recommends the surgery with urgency, then you should have it. But you should also change your diet because the fissure appeared because you are not eating right. You need to start eating more fiber and drinking more water to help you have soft stools that are easy to pass. If you don’t eat right, your stools will be hard and dry and this can cause fissures and hemorrhoids and unpleasant symptoms like pain, bleeding, discomfort, burning sensation etc.

      The first step is to incorporate more dietary fiber into your diet. In my experience, the best and easiest way to achieve a good balance in your diet and get all the fiber you need is to eat 70-80% vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains and 20-30% meat and dairy. Also, drink lots of water to help the fiber add bulk. It will take some time until you find the right balance in your diet and you will see results when you will be going to the bathroom at least once a day and have smooth, well-formed and easy to pass stools. If you can achieve this, the fissure should not occur again after the surgery. So be brave and start making the changes needed to improve your health.

      Ask your doctor too what he or she recommends for you in terms of diet before and after the surgery. Also, take into account your existing food sensitivities or allergies and work around them (for example, if you are allergic to nuts, eat more vegetables and fruits instead). Remember to keep active by walking every day (sitting all day puts pressure on the bottom area and can contribute to fissures and piles too). And most importantly, eat right and drink enough water. Hope this helps and wishing you lots of health.

  5. I have internal hemorrhoids. I did go to the doctor, he suggested injection therapy. I have gone through that and I have felt better for a month or two but after that same problem occurred again. Now I am feeling burning and there are two hemorrhoids. The doctor gave me an ointment for internal use. If I use it I’ll be okay but if don’t I will feel a burning sensation 24/7. I am not eating any kind of meet, egg, dry fruits or any kind of thing that can create constipation. Kindly guide me through how I can overcome this disease. I shall be very thankful to you.

    • Hello, Asim. In my experience, diet is always the problem when hemorrhoids upset you because you need to achieve a very delicate balance in what you eat. If you are eating the right foods for hemorrhoids, you should have soft stools that are easy to pass. Tell me: do you go to the bathroom at least once a day? And are your stools well-formed, but soft and easy to pass? Because that is the objective with a hemorrhoids diet, that is the point where you want to go. For example, eating for hemorrhoids doesn’t mean you should exclude meat and eggs. These are healthy foods in many respects and they should be part of your diet in moderation. And dried fruits are actually good for hemorrhoids because they are incredible sources of dietary fiber and soften stools incredibly.

      In my experience, constipation takes many forms. For example, not going to the bathroom every day can mean you are constipated. Not going more than once a day can mean the same thing for some people. Hard stools like pebbles are a sign of constipation and not drinking enough water. And the longer it takes for you to reach a good balance in your diet, the worse hemorrhoids can get because constipation in any form is the main reason they get worse in the first place and evolve to requiring surgery.

      To help you understand what are the best foods for hemorrhoids, I can you some examples of what I may eat in a day. I eat a varied diet, more vegetables and fruits and less meat and dairy. But I still eat meat, dairy and eggs because they are important for good health, just in limited amounts. For example, in the morning I may eat two soft-boiled eggs with a few slices of whole wheat bread and plain yogurt with oats. For lunch I may eat chicken and vegetables or a vegetable and beef stew, with the accent on vegetables. I eat dried fruits (raisins, figs, prunes), nuts (almonds, walnut, pecans), seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds – make sure you are not allergic before eating them) or fresh fruit (bananas, apples, pears, plums, mirabelles, nectarines, peaches, berries etc.) as a snack anytime during the day. For diner, I may eat brown rice with some chicken and lots of vegetables (bell peppers, leek, onions, beans, chickpeas, peas, lentils and others depending on the recipe), or boiled spinach with baked potatoes and some butter or fresh olive oil or a delicious beans soup with carrots, onions and seasoned with fresh parsley or lovage.

      The idea is to have variety so you get all the vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy. At the same time, include fiber-rich foods in all of your meals and drink plenty of water to give stools bulk and make them easier to pass every day. You can eat meat, dairy and eggs and you should because they have their health benefits. But because they have very little fiber (which you need), you should eat them in lesser amounts than vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds.
      For example, eat 70-80% vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, nuts, seeds and 20-30% meat, dairy and eggs. Hopefully this will give you some insight as to what to eat for hemorrhoids and better manage them. Remember: a hemorrhoids diet is not a restrictive diet. It should actually be a rich diet, varied, balanced and generous. The main idea is that you have to eat so that you have well-formed, but soft and easy to pass stools at least once a day. And the more you wait and suffer the effects of constipation, even though it might not be severe, the worse your hemorrhoids can get. Wishing you lots of health.

  6. Thank you, Doc for your kind advice. I drink almost 3 to 4 liters of water daily, I go to wash room daily but some times I pass my stools very easily and some times I feel very itchy and not pass my stools with ease. And I felt urge to go to wash room whole day, it’s not happening to me every day. For a week I feel good, not constipated, but after a week’s time I may feel constipated even though I don’t change my diet plan.

    • Hello again, Asim. First of all, I am not a doctor (please read the disclaimer). I am just an ordinary person like you who is living with hemorrhoids and wants to share how I got rid of the pain, itching and discomfort and learnt to control my condition and live a normal life.
      Secondly, I am honestly happy to hear that you have started having good days. It is a sign you are learning what foods are good for you and what foods you should avoid for your hemorrhoids. The bad days when you feel the urge to go to the bathroom but can’t are normal from time to time. Even I have those days sometimes, but they won’t be too many once you perfect your diet. The bad days shouldn’t disappoint you but make you want to get better even more.
      What I can recommend from my personal experience with hemorrhoids is to keep a food journal or a food diary.
      Write down what you eat and drink every day, in what amounts and at what hours. Also write down when you go to the bathroom and whether it was easy or hard.
      This should help you better identify the foods that work best for you and the combinations that help you have soft, easy stools.
      As for the water, it seems you drink a lot of it. Remember that you have to drink whenever you feel thirsty. Don’t drink just because you have to. Listen to your body to know how much water it needs and drink accordingly. Too little water and too much water can both be bad for you. So drink as much as you need, no excesses.
      Also, make sure you get enough exercise. If your time allows it, go for walks outside, in the park maybe. Any form of light physical exercise is good for hemorrhoids. It is important to avoid sitting in a chair all day because this puts strain on the bottom area and can further upset your hemorrhoids. If, for example, you work in an office and have to sit all day, get up every 45 minutes and walk around for 5-10 minutes to keep the blood flowing.
      And keep in contact with your doctor about your condition and report any new symptoms if there are any, improvements or anything really.
      Hope to hear from you with good news and wishing you lots of health.

  7. Hi, I have been suffering from piles and fissure post delivery. And it’s been one and a half year now. When I first consulted a doctor at the beginning stage due to intolerable pain and bleeding, doctor advised me to drink plenty of fluids and add on lot of fiber to my diet and there is no need for surgery. I drink around 3 liters of water and also eat raw vegetable salad and a bowl of papaya which helps me a lot for soft stools. The pain and tangling irritation is much better but I still have bleeding at times and sometimes hard stools. I consulted a different doctor recently and have been advised to undergo a laser surgery because bleeding has made me iron deficient. Is laser surgery good? Will it help me?

    • Hello, Pranavika. Laser surgery for piles is a good option. It is a more modern approach compared to the classical surgery. There are voices that say that it is less efficient, but the truth is hemorrhoids can reoccur after any type of surgery if you don’t address your diet and relieve constipation. It is believed to be less painful, but recovery usually takes at least two weeks, if not more. The thing is any type of surgery will treat hemorrhoids, but you have to continue to eat right so that you prevent constipation and have soft stools that are easy to pass. If you don’t, hemorrhoids might reoccur irrespective of the type of surgery you opt for. And since you say you still have hard stools at times, it means that your diet requires further adjustment. Hope this helps and wishing you lots of health.

  8. Hi, I am Karla and I have been suffering from bleeding and pain with itching after my bowel movement. I went to a doctor (gastroenterologist), had a procedure called anoscopy. His finding was an early sign of piles. He gave me medicines for 2 weeks (asacol and daflon) without avoiding any food to eat and he told me ‘eat what is good for you’. I didn’t eat meat but I did normal eating.
    After two weeks of medication and 3 days after, I had bad BM again which resulted again in bleeding. And it scares me to see fresh blood in the toilet bowl and on the tissue I wiped with. Now I am eating vegetables and fish with a lot of water and some fruits. But every time I have had a bad BM my there was bleeding again after passing the stool.
    I have a regular BM everyday. My stool is normal. My problem is when I strain a little, after passing the stool there is mild pain with itching then bleeding again. If I’m doing sitz bath. I felt something soft inside in the middle. Is that already the hemorrhoid? Thank you.

    • Hello, Karla. First of all know that everyone who has hemorrhoids and has experienced bleeding after a bowel movement is scared. It is scary when you see blood on the toilet paper or in the toilet bowl because you immediately think of the worst possible outcome, like cancer. But you did a smart thing by going to the doctor immediately, had the test that confirmed your hemorrhoids and ruled out other less fortunate causes that might have crossed your mind. Everyone should see a doctor as soon as they notice blood after bowel movements, so congratulations on doing so.
      Now, the thing is you either have hemorrhoids or you don’t. When the doctor told you there was an early sign of hemorrhoids, he probably has seen the slightly swollen blood vessels, because that’s what hemorrhoids essentially are: swollen blood vessels. So it is likely you have hemorrhoids, but they may be an early stage. The medicines he gave you are for ulcerative colitis and a tonic for blood vessels, but they both cater to hemorrhoids disease too. And the soft lump may very well be a hemorrhoid. Some people describe them like that, but only your doctor can tell you for sure.

      Hemorrhoids can swell pretty bad if there is strain during bowel movements or if you have hard stools that are difficult to pass. This causes symptoms like pain, itching, burning sensation, discomfort when sitting and slight bleeding that stains the tissues you use or the toilet bowl with pink or vividly red blood. (If you or anyone else ever notice dark-colored blood after a bowel movement, know that it could indicate bleeding in other areas and you should see a doctor, a gastroenterologist, as soon as possible for further tests.)

      The best way to manage hemorrhoids is by eating foods that help you have regular, soft bowel movements that are easy to pass without any strain. Whenever you are experiencing strain, it means the stools are not the right consistency, either too hard, too dry or too big. Any of these symptoms indicates a sort of constipation, because you can be constipated even if you go to the bathroom every day. Changing your diet to improve your piles symptoms doesn’t mean avoiding all the foods you like, so your doctor was right to tell you to not avoid any food and eat what is good for you. Because you need variety in your diet to stay healthy.

      What it means to eat for hemorrhoids is to alternate foods better, or to mix foods better so that you achieve regular, soft stools that are easy to pass. This would mean you can eat whatever you like as long as you also include as many particularly good foods for piles into your diet. So you could eat meat. It’s actually good for you because it contains important B vitamins (like vitamin B12) and iron which you need especially since you have been experiencing bleeding. Just make sure that that serving of meat is not too big and is accompanied by a big bowl of salad with greens, nuts, seeds, fruits, whatever you like. Following the principles of variety, moderation and clean eating, you would benefit more from not eating processed foods because they constipate, but they also satiate and don’t leave enough room for healthy foods rich in fiber which you also need.

      So instead of a bag of chips, maybe you could eat some almonds, walnuts or pumpkin seeds as a snack, provided you are not allergic. Or have some Nutella or chocolate on a slice of whole grain bread, maybe topped with some fruit, or some peanut butter. The chocolate has fats which help stools pass easier, without strain, and so does the peanut butter, helping in relieving constipation. But so does fiber, so remember that your next meal should provide you with plenty of vegetables so you get your fiber. And drink water. The idea overall is to eat foods rich in fiber like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, some fats from nuts, seeds, olive oil, maybe butter, chocolate etc. and less dairy and meat which constipate. You can still eat them, and you should, just in moderate amounts. In time you should reach a balance in your diet that helps you have soft, easy stools that don’t require strain to pass, which is good for hemorrhoids. Hope this helps and wishing you lots of health.

  9. Hi. How are you doing? As I told you I have internal piles, though I am feeling good, but I am loosing weight even though I eat three times a day. What is the reason behind this? Can you please tell me what should I do to not loose weight because I lost 20 to 25 kg in last 6 months or so.

    • Hello, Asim. Losing that much weight is not healthy and there could be a number of causes behind it. It could be that you are losing weight because of your hemorrhoids diet. It is also possible there is an intestinal parasite that is causing you to lose weight or something else.

      My suggestion is that you see your doctor as soon as possible. Tell the doctor about your piles and any other symptoms caused by them. For example, if there is bleeding still and what color the blood is (pink red or dark red). Also, describe your diet to the doctor so he or she can tell you if you are eating enough or not. If your eating is causing the weight loss, then it is best to see a nutritionist to help you make up an eating plan suited to your nutritional requirements.

      If it’s not because of the diet, it would be best to have some tests done to find the cause of the weight loss. For example, a coproculture is a stool test that looks for pathogenic microorganisms like worms and intestinal parasites and their eggs. If it comes back positive, then antihelmintic medicines should solve the parasites problem easily.

      Other causes are also possible, but you need to talk to a doctor as soon as possible. Describe all of the symptoms you have noticed until now, such as the weight loss, what you have been eating, possible abdominal pain or bleeding (what color the blood is) and anything you can think of that you have been experiencing lately. All the information you can provide can help the doctor assess your health and recommend various tests to identify the cause of the weight loss. So please, see a doctor about this soon and have all the tests he or she recommends to identify what has been causing you to lose weight. Waiting to hear back from you with good news.

  10. Thanks, Marius for your advice. It’s very helpful to me. But I have a few more questions to ask you about your experience and if you have suggestions for my fast recovery. I want to live a normal life again.

    1) Is it possible to bleed again after finishing the medication? I am going back for a 2nd opinion to another doctor as I am not satisfied with the first consultation. My bleeding is dependent on my BM. It will stop for along time then come back again and again. Is this because of my lifestyle?
    2) Is it normal in early signs of piles to bleed like 2 tablespoons after straining?
    3) I only experienced the bleeding before the actual bowel movement, then the blood was dripping in the toilet bowl. But when I wash it, it stops and I feel a little pain with mild itching. It’s like I am not finished having my BM. Sometimes, if I use wet wipes, there is still some remaining stool even if I washed many times.
    4) Is it safe to put aloe vera gel from forever living? I am putting it on the lump I feel in the middle after my sitz bath and also petroleum jelly before BM.
    Thank you very much!

    • Hello, Karla. Here is what I can share from my experience with hemorrhoids:
      1) Yes, it’s possible to experience bleeding from hemorrhoids after finishing a round of treatment. This is because once you have hemorrhoids, they don’t just go away and strain, constipation, sitting too long etc. can cause them to swell more and bleed at any time. And yes, diet and lifestyle can cause the piles symptoms to come and go. Eating foods that constipate, sitting for too long, eating spicy foods etc. can do that.

      Also, I think it’s good you are going to another doctor for a second opinion. After you’ve had that examination, your first doctor should have told you clearly if you have hemorrhoids or not. Based on your symptoms, it is possible you have. I have hemorrhoids and have had the same symptoms. At the same time, based on the medication you have been prescribed, it is possible the doctor might have seen some inflammation indicating an ulcerative colitis or another digestive disorder, so it might be best to see another doctor and find out exactly what your diagnosis is.

      2) Normal is hard to define when it comes to hemorrhoids. Although there have been cases when people with hemorrhoids have reported similar amounts, two tablespoons is quite a lot. In time it can cause iron and vitamin B12 deficiency and anemia. In any case, it is important to tell the new doctor you are seeing about this and also tell him what color the blood is (light red or dark red or brown). This is important information to better guide the doctor in giving you the best possible advice.

      3) Typically, pushing out the stool is what damages the hemorrhoids and causing bleeding. This is why you see it before the bowel movement. And the pain and itching you experience afterwards may be signs of the hemorrhoids being bothered by the strain. The fact that you feel you are not quite yet done with the bowel movement is called an incomplete bowel movement sensation. It can be caused by not being able to finish the bowel movement or can be a mere sensation. It is a common symptom in numerous digestive disorders. What causes these feelings of incomplete bowel movements? Hemorrhoids, especially fourth stage hemorrhoids, celiac disease, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and many others. Talk to the doctor about this symptom.

      4) I do not know this brand, nor have I ever used aloe vera gel externally for hemorrhoids. I have frequently used petroleum jelly before and after bowel movements and sitz baths and it remains my number one natural remedy for effortless bowel movements and hemorrhoids pain relief. I have drank aloe vera gel preparations for my gastritis and it has been wonderful. I continue to take it every once in a while as a natural gastroprotective, but have not used it for hemorrhoids. You should also discuss this further with the doctor.
      I know that managing hemorrhoids can be difficult and time consuming until you achieve a balance in your diet and lifestyle, but it’s worth the perseverance. Hope to hear back from you with good news.

  11. Sir, I need your help. Actually I got lost 10 to 15 days of pain at motion time. When my body pushes out the stools I am in too much pain. But yesterday morning it was too painful and I also felt I got some new part which is coming out and is very painful. So I consulted a doctor and he gave me some medicine and an ointment too.
    Can this problem be solved purely by medicine or does it need operation?
    Because I am very scared about it. Help me please!
    And how can I protect so it’s in not a big size of itself? I hope you help me.

    • Hello, Veera. It’s good you went to the doctor and I am assuming your diagnosis was hemorrhoids. As it would appear, the hemorrhoid you are describing as a new part falling out is actually just a swollen blood vessel falling out.
      Here are the main stages in hemorrhoids evolution to help you better understand your condition:
      1) First degree internal hemorrhoids are always inside.
      2) Second degree hemorrhoids are those that come out after a bowel movement but go back in by themselves.
      3) Third degree hemorrhoids don’t go back in by themselves.
      4) Fourth degree hemorrhoids never go back in.
      Also, hemorrhoids don’t grow all the time. They just swell enough to become too big by normal blood vessels standards and fall out. It’s this swelling that is actually painful and you can manage it through diet.

      When it comes to treating or managing hemorrhoids, there are three main treatment options: diet, treatment (medication) and operation. The medication is good to manage inflammation, discomfort, ease bowel movements, provide minor benefits. Sometimes it helps a lot, sometimes it doesn’t help very much. As for the operation, well, you can have hemorrhoids surgery at any time and, although painful for a while after, it will get rid of the hemorrhoids. However, and this is important, diet is essential. If you don’t eat right and experience constipation, hemorrhoids can come back even after surgery. Pregnancy, sedentarism (sitting down all day) can also contribute to hemorrhoids.

      A good diet for hemorrhoids means you have to eat so that you have soft stools that are easy to pass. Because every time you experience constipation (example: hard, dry stools or stools that look like pebbles, infrequent stools like going to the bathroom once or twice a week) your hemorrhoids get worse. Eating so that you relieve and prevent constipation can make hemorrhoids better and stop symptoms. Although they will still be there, they just won’t bother you. Eating plenty of dietary fiber and drinking enough water is important.

      You can get your dietary fiber from: legumes (beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas), nuts, seeds, fresh and dried fruit that you eat with the skin (especially apples, pears, apricots, peaches, plums, cherry plums, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, mulberries, watermelon etc.) and vegetables of all sorts are great (tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, black carrots,.beets, sweet peppers, spinach, rocket salad and others). Whole grains are good too. It is also important to reduce meat, dairy and refined flours. Avoid spicy foods like turmeric, spicy paprika, pepper, ginger etc.

      For example, I eat about 70% fresh fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains (brown rice, red rice, black or purple rice, wholewheat pasta, wholegrain bread with seeds). And the rest of my diet, about 30%, includes eggs, meat and dairy which have no dietary fiber. But you also need to eat them because they have fat and fats help relieve constipation too, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. You can basically eat whatever you want, just make sure you are always eating more plants than animal products. I do well on this diet and rarely do my hemorrhoids bother me. It is possible I will need an operation one day, but eating right helps me keep my hemorrhoids under control so they don’t bother me. Even if you decide to have a hemorrhoids surgery, you still have to learn to how eat so that you have soft, easy bowel movements. Because hemorrhoids can come back.

      Read the article above and the comments for more information on the best and worst foods to eat for hemorrhoids to give you an idea of what you should eat. And don’t be scared: hemorrhoids is something anyone can get at any point in their lives. And they can be managed well with a good diet. Hope this helps and if you have anymore questions, feel free to write back. Wishing you lots of health.

  12. Thank you so much, Mr. Lixandru. Also, I don’t want to get an operation because I am out of my country for my job now. I have to stay here at least 16 to 18 months. Until I am back to my country, can it be managed without more severe problems like bleeding or operation? Because am so scared about these problems. So can you help me please? Also can you give me some more ideas to prevent the severe symptoms. And it’s not cure without operation, I mean only by medicines and diet.

    • Well, it is possible to manage hemorrhoids and prevent symptoms such as swelling, pain or bleeding with the help of a good diet. What you basically have to do is eat eat more fiber and drink plenty of water as well as be moderately active. Read my previous response to you and the article and comments above for more information on what foods to eat and to avoid for hemorrhoids. You will know you are eating right when you will have soft stools that are easy to pass and bowel movements every day. Then your hemorrhoids shouldn’t bother you at all or very little. But it might take time until you improve your diet, so be patient. Also, see a doctor anytime you notice any strange symptoms or have questions about your condition. For medication, go to a doctor. Hope this helps.

    • Thank you so much. Also I followed the diet food as piles patient. And one more thing, is it (piles patient) good to making gym or not? Tell me please. Thank you so much for your response and your suggestions. Now I am confidently staying out of country. I can manage. Also I am waiting for your reply.

    • Hello, Veera. How is the piles diet going? Have you managed to find a good combination of foods for you? As for the gym, there are some rules when exercising with piles. Some types of exercises are good because they keep the blood flowing and help circulation, but others are not so good. For example:
      1) Mild cardio and flexibility exercises are good for piles. They improve circulation and can help boost health.
      Flexibility exercises and cardio may include: biking outside or using a stationary bike at the gym, running on the treadmill, jogging in the park, jump rope, pilates exercises, yoga, aerobics, zumba, dancing, swimming, power walking, rollerblading, ice skating, tennis, football, basketball, water games etc.
      2) Weight lifting of any kind is bad because it puts pressure on the abdominal muscles and can put strain on piles too, causing them to flare up. So if you exercise, avoid lifting heavy weights.
      It is generally recommended to keep exercises light and avoid anything too strenuous. Movement is good for piles, but is has to be done so that the exercises don’t put too much strain on the lower abdominal muscles. Also remember to stay hydrated by drinking enough water or sports drinks with vitamins and electrolytes. Hope this helps.

    • Hello, Ahmed. Fish alone is not necessarily a bad food for piles. Maybe it has to do with how you prepare the fish or how much you eat. For example, if you eat fried fish in large amounts and have a diet centered on animal products (other fish, meats, milk, cheeses and other dairy), then it leaves no room for fiber-rich foods to help you with your piles. So it is possible you are not getting enough fiber and fish is just a food on top of others that causes your piles to act up. It’s like the drop that spilled the glass, meaning not the only cause, but one of many that add up and ultimately worsen piles. Also, what do you season the fish with? If you eat it with spicy peppers or spicy paprika powder, too much pepper, ginger, wasabi or turmeric, then it’s the spices that cause the piles to act up.

      You have to ask yourself some questions about your diet and lifestyle and, based on the answers, make changes to improve your piles situation:
      1) How much meat, fish, milk and dairy do you eat in a day?
      2) How many fruits and vegetables do you eat in a day?
      If more than half of what you eat in a day is anything else than fruits and vegetables, then this might be the reason your piles might be bothering you. It means you are not getting enough dietary fiber.
      3) How many times a day/a week do you have bowel movements?
      4) Are your bowel movements easy or do you experience strain?
      5) Are your stools well-formed, but soft and easy to pass? Or are they hard, dry, like pebbles, difficult to pass?
      If you have infrequent, hard, dry stools that require effort to pass, then you are constipated and this can cause piles to act up.
      6) Do you eat at home or do you eat out, especially from fast food restaurants or bakeries?
      Fast food and even baked good do not provide enough dietary fiber and can be bad for piles if you eat too much because they fill you up. And since there is only so much food you can eat in a day, you won’t have room for foods that are good for your piles.
      7) Do you eat processed foods like chips, biscuits, crackers, sweets, candy and others like this?
      If you eat too much of these foods you will end up eating less fresh fruits, vegetables and other fiber rich foods and risk having problems with your piles.
      8) Do you like to eat spicy food? Spicy food is bad for piles because it irritates them, causing inflammation, pain and bleeding.
      9) Do you drink enough water? Because it is important to be hydrated with piles.
      10) Do you sit in a chair all day at work and at home? Because sitting down puts pressure on the bottom area and since piles are by definition swollen blood vessels, they feel the pressure too and it could upset them.
      Ask yourself these important questions and you will gain new insight on how piles work and how you can make symptoms better.
      Hope this helps and wishing you lots of health.

  13. Hi, I am Martins. I have suffered from hemorrhoids for the past three weeks and there is great improvement. I have been asked not to eat anything sweet namely orange, banana, pineapple and sugarcane. That I should only eat rice, beans and semovita. I’m tired on eating just this three foods in my diet for over three weeks now. Please advise me on what to do. Thanks.

    • Honestly, it is strange that you’ve been told to eat only three things. Just as strange that you’ve been told not to eat anything sweet. A hemorrhoids diet has no food restrictions. The only rule is to get enough dietary fiber from the foods you eat and drink enough water so that you have soft stools that are easy to pass. The reason why you have seen improvements eating only those three foods is because you get a lot of fiber from beans and this helps improve bowel movements.
      The main rules for a hemorrhoids diet are:
      1) Eat enough dietary fiber rich foods. An average person should get 28 g of dietary fiber a day from food.
      2) Drink sufficient water. Not too much, not too little. Enough so that you are well hydrated.
      3) Preferably eat home cooked food and avoid processed foods. This helps you get the fiber you need (processed foods generally have little to no fiber and fill you up so you don’t have room in your stomach to eat the good foods).

      I also have hemorrhoids and have been living with them for several years now. I eat everything I like and have no flare ups. Here are some examples of foods I like to eat that maybe could inspire you to have a more varied diet:
      1) Canned chickpeas with chicken legs and a cherry tomato and arugula salad with lemon juice, salt and olive oil dressing.
      2) Zucchini, potato and carrot cream soup (just boil the amounts you like of these three vegetables and mash them with a food processor, then season to your liking).
      3) Brown rice with lentils.
      4) Rice with boiled eggs, peas and red beans.
      5) Grilled eggplants with grilled chicken.
      6) Boiled spinach with boiled potato cubes.
      7) Home made pasta with mushrooms (equal parts of pleurotus mushrooms and portobello mushrooms, boiled, seasoned with salt, olive oil, fresh parsley and mixed in a food processor, then added generously over the pasta).
      8) Tuna, beans and mayonnaise salad with whole wheat bread.
      9) Smoked salmon with fresh tomatoes, mayonnaise and bread with sesame seeds (make sure you are not allergic).
      10) Polenta with fried mushrooms and a bit of garlic sauce.
      11) Soft boiled eggs with spinach and tomatoes.
      12) Nettle puree with polenta.
      13) White bean soup with tomato sauce and fresh lovage.
      14) Cabbage salad (a big bowl of diced cabbage with grated carrots, seasoned with dill, olive oil and a little vinegar).
      15) Roasted chicken legs on a bed of carrots and potatoes.
      16) Roasted red beet and carrots with chicken.
      17) Boiled fish with a spinach salad or a cucumber, garlic and yogurt dressing.
      18) Tomato, cucumber, onion salad with roasted chicken.
      19) Warm salad with potato, boiled eggs, onions, olives and whatever you may like.
      20) Chicken noodle soup with carrots, potatoes, green beans, onions.
      And snacks in between meals may include: raw almonds, apples, pears, apricots, nectarines, peaches, watermelon, plums, figs, cherries, sour cherries, blueberries, currants, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, mulberries, pineapple, pumpkin, grapes, bananas, kiwifruit, mango, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, apple sauce, stewed pears, baked quinces, baked apples with cinnamon, baked pumpkin, dates, dried figs, raisins etc.

      All fruits and vegetables are great for hemorrhoids because they have plenty of dietary fiber to help you have soft stools that are easy to pass. Examples of excellent vegetables include: tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, zucchini, squash, bell peppers, green beans, white and red beans, beets, cabbage, spinach, chard, arugula, lettuce, collard greens, kale, radishes, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots etc.
      The idea is to eat mostly fruits and vegetables and smaller amounts of nuts, seeds, grains like whole wheat, semolina, rice, maize flour, milk, cheese and other dairy, eggs, fish and meat. So it should be a complete diet, varied, balanced, nutritious. If you feel a food is good, then continue to eat it. If it’s not making you feel good, then don’t eat it anymore. You have plenty of other options. Hope this helps.

  14. Hello, its been three days now I have not gone to the bathroom. Hope all is well, or should I force it out, but am not feeling it though. Help me.

    • Hello, Martins. You haven’t had a bowel movement in three days? How often did you go to the bathroom before? And what have you been eating more exactly in the past days? Have you been eating enough? Have you been drinking water? You have to understand that the foods I mentioned were examples of what I eat and what is good for me. A hemorrhoids diet is very individual and the foods that are good for me might not work just as good for you and vice versa. For example, you said semovita, beans and rice worked for you. If your doctor told you to eat them and you found they were good for you, then you should continue to listen to your doctor. And remember, always consult your doctor before making any dietary or other changes that could affect you health in any way. Because everything you read here has an informative purpose and does not substitute professional medical advice. If you don’t have a bowel movement soon, see your doctor. Wishing you lots of health.

  15. I have had piles surgery. After 40 days I am feeling much better and running easily, playing all games, no problem. But constipation time little bit of bleeding, sometimes no bleeding. Now tell me about diet, can I eat anything like spicy foods, meat, dry fruits, warm things etc.

    • Hello, Wasim. I am happy to hear you are feeling good after the surgery. But you need to treat your constipation because continual constipation can cause the hemorrhoids to reappear in some cases. As for the diet, experts recommend people to follow a diet that prevents constipation. This means:
      1) Eat enough dietary fiber. You get it from fresh fruits, dried fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole cereals.
      2) Drink sufficient water. Not too much, not too little. Just enough to stay well hydrated.
      Because water and fiber together add bulk to stools and help you have soft stools that are easy to pass.
      3) Overall, eat more plant-based foods than animal-based foods. So you can eat everything, just makes sure you always combine meat and dairy with vegetables and other foods rich in dietary fiber.

      As for your questions:
      1) Spicy foods are bad for hemorrhoids, but since you don’t have them anymore after the surgery, it’s hard to tell. You should ask the doctor if eating spicy foods is good for you after a hemorrhoids surgery. In any case, wait to recover completely after the surgery, until you have no more bleeding or other symptoms. After that, if you really want to eat spicy foods, eat them in small amounts. If they bother you in any way (if they cause irritation, itching, burning sensation, stomach acidity, heartburn etc.), don’t eat them anymore.

      2) Meat is an important part of a balanced and varied diet. But because it has no dietary fiber, too much can cause constipation. Whenever you eat something with meat, eat an equally big serving of vegetables (beans, lentils, chickpeas, salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, any vegetables really). What I do is eat two meals a day with meat and vegetables and one meal without any meat. And between meals I eat fruits, dried fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds or whole grain cereals.

      3) Dried fruits are great for preventing constipation, preventing and managing hemorrhoids and great after a hemorrhoids surgery. They have a lot of dietary fiber which is good for you. But they also have a lot of sugar, so eat them in moderation and not every day because the sugar accumulates from dried fruits and other foods and it’s not healthy for you over time. So moderation.

      4) Warm foods are okay. It doesn’t matter that much if foods are cold, room temperature or warm for hemorrhoids. But avoid foods that are too hot because it’s not healthy for the mouth and esophagus.

      Please read the article above for more information on what foods to eat and to avoid for hemorrhoids. Remember to always consult with your doctor before you make important changes in your diet. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. Wishing you lots of health.

    • Please make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can. It is important you tell the doctor all of the symptoms you noticed:
      – How much blood and what color the blood is (pink-red or dark-red or brown). It’s very important.
      – The fact that you experience no itching or pain.
      – Whether or not you are constipated.
      – If you have lost a lot of weight recently, for no apparent reason. Again, it’s important.
      – Whether or not you have experienced abdominal pain. Also important.
      – Any other symptoms you have observed. Every detail can help the doctor diagnose you correctly.

      As for your second question, know that curd is a sort of a neutral food. It’s a healthy food yes, but it doesn’t really do anything for hemorrhoids. It should be eaten in moderation because it’s dairy and eating too much dairy can constipate. But you can eat curd, yes. Just make sure you drink sufficient water and eat enough dietary fiber from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and cereals. Because fiber is what relieves constipation and is good for hemorrhoids.
      But first of all, see your doctor for some tests. And remember to tell the doctor about your symptoms. Hope this helps and wishing you lots of health.

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