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 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.


Up next, read simple, cheap and efficient home treatments that can turn around your hemorrhoids experience for the better. Here are 5 things that 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 defecation. 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 defecation that does 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 melissa 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 diet and continue on the same path, your hemorrhoids can get worse up to the point they start bleeding, itching like crazy and 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 grilled pork neck with olive oil or lean chicken meat such as chicken thigh to get your supply of proteins and healthy fats at the same time.

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.

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 prognostis 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 slighest 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.

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 defecating, 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.

34 thoughts on “Foods to Eat and to Avoid for Hemorrhoids

  1. Thank you very much for such great information. It has everything and i’m sure following it a person can easily get rid of hemorrhoids.

  2. I’m a 43 yr old white male 170lbs and between my chronic back and neck pain and now this hemoroid pain I think it might be easier to just off a bridge. If this is what’s to come in the so called golden years good lord take me out at 50. This brutal pain is totally got me wondering what this life that God gave us is really about.

    • Hi, Harry. Hemoroid flare ups can be awful, but manageable if the condition is in its first stages. When I first had problems, it took me about a month to find out what worked for me and what not. I took sit baths in warm water twice a day, drank a lot of water, increased my fiber intake and made sure I ate enough healthy fats to have the easiest posible transit. I also cut out many problematic foods, reduced my time sitting down and started walking a lot more to improve circulation. It really depends what stage your hemorrhoids are at. I wholeheartedly recommend you go to the doctor to have them checked up. Mine were first and second degree. But I kept up good habits and it’s been three years since I had my first flare up and not a single incident. So go to your doctor and learn more about your options because you don’t have to live with the pain. As for dietary and lifestyle changes, they are needed irrespective of the stage your hemorrhoids are at. You can also ask you significant other to massage you 20 minutes every day for your chronic back and neck pain. I speak from experience when I say a good daily massage can do wonders. It might not seem so now, but things will get better.

  3. Hi. I’m Vanessa. 18 years old. I’ve been suffering from hemorrhoids for 8 months now. At first I didn’t know what it was. I’ve tried dietary changes but maybe not enough. My hemorrhoids only affect me when I go to toilet and they prolapse and go inside within six hours most times the pain is severe and I can’t walk. Suggestions?

    • Hi Vanessa. If your hemorrhoids are prolapsing, then you might have had them for more than 8 months. Prolapse indicates they are in a sort of final stage, meaning they are at their worst, causing you a lot of pain and discomfort. At this point, you must have your problem checked up by a doctor. Your doctor is the only one qualified to give you a correct diagnosis and guide you towards the best solution for you. But even so, try to keep up good eating habits and keep active because hemorrhoids are known to reoccur even after treating them if we fall back on bad habits. In the meantime, you can take warm sit baths, manage pain as you feel is right for you and try to prevent constipation and hard stools as much as possible. Wish you lots of health.

  4. Hi. I’m Glory. I’ve been suffering from hemorrhoids for 1 year now. At first I didn’t know what it was, not until Saturday when I discussed it with my doctor. He now placed me on liquid paraffin and pilex which I’m taking presently but at this time that am on medication I’ve been stooling blood and dark oil each time I use the toilet. Please, I need a suggestion. Thanks.

    • Hi, Glory. You have to see your doctor again and tell him or her all about your symptoms. I suggest you make an appointment as soon as possible. My advice is to keep in contact with your doctor throughout all of this process and report any possible adverse reaction, new symptom or concern so he or she can know what to advise you further and present you with the best treatment option for you. Wishing you lots of health.

  5. Hello I am Ronke, my hemorrhoid is genetic (I have been suffering since childhood) as my father also suffers from it. Now it is over two months that I have not been able to go out. Do I also have hope?

  6. Hello, I am Meena. I am 25 years old. I am suffering from hemorroids. It has been one month that severe pain occurs when I go to the bathroom and there are traits of blood. There are no visible hemorrhoids development on the outside. Is it internal? Please help.

    • Hello, Meena. My advice is to go see a doctor and have your problem checked out by a professional. It could be hemorrhoids according to the symptoms you have described. However, any bleeding in any part of our body is best investigated by a doctor. Stop worrying and thinking about the worst and make an appointment. You will be relieved to have done so. Wishing you lots of health.

  7. I am 37 and suffer from chrones disease and am currently on holiday in Thailand. I once had hemorrhoids when pregnant with my daughter. I have had one mild episode since then. My daughter is 13 and I am in the middle of an unbearable episode. It’s never been like this before. Thought I was going to pass out with the pain. Went to the doc and have been given augmentin as well as tramadol for the pain. I am not overweight and eat very healthy at home, regularly quinoa and lentils, not too much meat and a lot of fish. Is tricky over here so avoiding all curries (so annoying as I love thai food) and eating lots of fruit. On day 6 of episode and have managed a whole night sleep thank goodness. Going to the toilet is intolerable and causes huge distress and tears. Even urinating is agony. Go home on Friday which sadly I am really looking forward to as the heat does not help. Any ideas to help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hello, Kate. It might be best to go see your doctor as soon as you get home and have him or her assess your current situation. Hemorrhoids can end up bothering us out of the blue, not only as a result of constipation, but also as a result of diarrhea, lifting heavy things, eating spicy foods and so on. So watch out if you are eating too many fruits or doing strenous activities. I find leafy greens and root vegetables with small portions of white meat and whole grains worked best for me in terms of regulating my transit which helped with the condition. I also found taking warm sitz baths and using petroleum jelly to help ease my trips to the bathroom very comforting. After my first, month-long episode that drained the life out of me, I started taking vitamin C, about 1 g daily, to help repair tears and reduce inflammation and continue to take it because it worked wonders. But it takes time for things to improve. Eating balanced to reduce constipation and diarrhea, avoiding strain on the stomach area or sitting for too long, avoiding foods that may irritate go a long way, but have to be kept up. Wishing you lots of health.

  8. Hi, my name is James. I’m 26 and I have been suffering from hemorrhoids for about 5 months now. It hurts every time I use the bathroom and I always feel constipated and can’t go regularly. What should I do?

    • Hi, James. Hemorrhoids are simply swollen blood vessels and we may have them and not even know it. They start producing symptoms such as bleeding and pain only when we subject them to pressure. An example is constipation because it presupposes straining and puts too much pressure on existing hemorrhoids, causing painful trips to the bathroom and bleeding. 5 months is a very long time for you to not be able to go to the bathroom regularly. If your hemorrhoids are in the first stages, and you should have your doctor check them out to know this, you can successfully keep them asymptomatic if you keep active, but avoid any physical activity that may put strain on your lower body muscles, particularly the abdomen, enjoy warm sitz baths and control your diet to avoid constipation. What helped me when I dealt with my first hemorrhoid flare up (I was only 21) was to drastically change my diet and relieve my constipation. I ate a somewhat vegetarian diet for the first 2 or 3 weeks to help improve my motility and manage to go to the bathroom as often as 2 or 3 times a day. At the time, I relied heavily on almonds, oats with sour yogurt, mashed peas and potatoes, beans, lentils, all sorts of leafy greens, moderate amounts of whole grains, chocolate spread and olive oil, fresh fruits such as pears, kiwifruit, apples or strawberries, increased my water intake and enjoyed at least one cleansing herbal tea every day. I ate very little meat, maybe one or two small servings a week and no dairy except for sour yogurt because both meat and dairy constipated me. I did not eat anything I didn’t prepare myself at home from basic ingredients, so no processed foods, nothing fried or spicy. This is how I managed to combat constipation and enjoy regular, soft and easy bowel movements. I still have hemorrhoids, but they don’t bother me anymore. After regaining some control, I started reintroducing certain foods in my diet and decided if they were good for me or not, but kept my fiber and liquids intake high and avoided processed foods. Go to your doctor for an exam to see where you’re at and start eating the foods that are good for you right now and keep it up no matter what. Wishing you lots of health.

  9. Hi, Marius.
    I am suffering from it for months or a year now.
    But it does come and go at times. Is it good to eat potatoes and beans, oats and rice?

    • Hello, Omar. I would strongly advise you to go to your doctor and have a check-up to find out what stage your hemorrhoids are at. Beans and oats are ok, just make sure you don’t eat too much beans and get diarrhea because that can irritate you and cause your hemorrhoids to act up. Potatoes are also good in moderate amounts, but I wouldn’t eat them every day. As for rice, know that white rice tends to constipate so you are better off with brown rice or even black rice because these varieties contain lots of fiber. And it’s dietary fiber which helps prevent constipation. When I had this problems, it really helped me to eat green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale or cabbage, whole grains in moderate amounts and nuts such as almonds and walnuts which contain both fiber and healthy fats. Drinking lots of water is extremely important as well.

    • Hi, Sunny. Great job on going to the doctor. Like your doctor might have told you as well, hemorrhoids are something that need permanent attention in terms of diet and lifestyle. You have to learn which foods are good for you and which not. Spicy foods tend to upset hemorrhoids and so can eating a lot of meat and processed foods, even dairy because they tend to constipate which may cause hemorrhoids to act up. I relied heavily on all sorts of vegetables, potatoes, peas, green leafy vegetables etc. I ate fresh fruits and moderate amounts of whole grains and nuts and seeds, yogurt and kefir and drank a lot of water as well as one or two herbal teas a day and took vitamin C daily. Increasing your dietary fiber and water intake and eating sufficient healthy fats from sources such as nuts, seeds, olive oil can help relieve constipation and make trips to the bathroom almost unnoticeable, so hemorrhoids don’t bother you anymore. Reducing the time you spend sitting down, enjoying a good massage to get circulation moving and keeping active by walking a lot or enjoying other forms of mild physical exercise can help a lot. In my experience, it is best to avoid lifting heavy things because pressure on the abdomen can cause hemorrhoids to get worse. Lastly, sitz baths are a great way to help ease discomfort and pain when hemorrhoids are acting up. It may take some time for things to calm down, but they will. It is also important to keep your doctor informed of your evolution. Wishing you lots of health.

  10. Hi, I’m Saher and I’m 26 years old. I deliverd my baby 5 weeks ago and I have been having bad itchng and pain since last week.When I checked with the dr she said I’ve got 2nd degree hemorrhoids. She gave me medication for 3 months and said eat a rich fiber diet. My concern is after completing the 3 months, will my hemorrhoids disappear for ever or will they bother me at any time?

    • Hi, Saher. It is great that you went to the doctor. Just like you, I was diagnosed with first and second degree hemorrhoids. I got the same recommendations as you, to eat more fiber and drink more water. I didn’t take any medication, just warm sitz baths and changed my diet to prevent constipation and go to the bathroom as easy as possible. My doctor told me that hemorrhoids never go away because they are swollen blood vessels that simply get so big they fall out of their place. I, and everybody with hemorrhoids, will still have them, but we can control them so well that they might never bother us again. I have been living with hemorrhoids for years now and haven’t had another episode since I was first diagnosed. I just make sure I eat the right foods for me, lots of vegetables, moderate amounts of fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains and drink plenty of liquids. I stay active and take my vitamins. Never strain and try to eat so that I go to the bathroom as often as once a day. I also avoid spicy foods such as peppers and ginger because they make hemorrhoids act up. If you eat right and keep moderately active, your hemorrhoids might not bother you again. But if you plan on having another baby, the pressure the weight of the baby exerts on your lower abdominal area as well as the strain of the pushing during labor might make them worse so ask your doctor to give you more information on your options in this case. And remember, it takes time to recover so don’t give up. Wishing you lots of health.

  11. Hi, I’m Pablo. 26 years old. For the past 1 year, I’ve been having haemorrhoids flare-ups each time I use the John. I’ve read a bit about it online, and find your article extremely helpful (bookmarked it already btw). Personally, I’ve cut out all sugar and sugary foods from my diet, and I’ve found out this has totally stopped the blood, though the pain is still there. What exercises do you recommend, and what is the best thing to do during flare-ups (as I get them everyday)?

    • Hi, Pablo. I would advise you to first go to your doctor and see what degree your hemorrhoids are. When I had my first flare-up, I went to the doctor and found out my hemorrhoids were first and second degree. It took me about a month or so to get better. I took warm sitz baths twice or even three times a day, then gently applied petroleum jelly to help reduce pain and ease things when I went to the bathroom. It really helped me. As for the exercise, I noticed that lifting in particular was very bad for me because the pressure it put on my lower abdominal area worsened my flare-up. So I just walked, more and more every day. When I had to work, I would get up from my chair and walked around for 10 minutes every 40 minutes. I placed a soft pillow on my chair for less discomfort. Moreover, I massaged my bottom area every evening and sometimes even afternoon for 20 minutes or so and it really helped. I kept up these habits until the pain and itching disappeared. As for the bleeding, it only stopped after I managed to relieve my constipation. I ate mostly home-cooked meals, plenty of vegetables, especially leafy ones, moderate amount of whole grains, fruits and plenty of water and herbal teas. Wishing you lots of health!

  12. Hey my name mdk. I have been suffering from hemorrhoids for the past month. I went to the doctor and they didn’t tell me anything. I excersise every day. How can I have hemorrhoids.

    • Hi, Mdk. Did the doctor at least tell you that you have hemorrhoids? My suggestion is to go to another doctor and have him or her tell you what degree your hemorrhoids are. First and second degree hemorrhoids are easier to manage than third and fourth degree hemorrhoids. This being said, what kind of exercise do you do? Because heavy lifting can put too much pressure on the abdominal area and make hemorrhoids worse. In my experience, the best exercise for hemorrhoids is walking. It works your muscles, encourages good blood circulation and overall good health. Massages also help a lot. A 20 minute massage of your bottom area can help reduce discomfort greatly. Hemorrhoids are something we can all develop at virtually any age. Constipation, straining when going to the bathroom, not drinking enough water, eating too much meat and dairy products (which tend to lengthen transit time and constipate), a genetic predisposition, lifting weights or any heavy object constantly, even a lack of certain vitamins and minerals that help keep blood vessels healthy and not bleed can cause hemorrhoids. But with the right diet and overall good care, they can be manageable. Again, it might be best to go to another doctor and have him or her investigate the degree of your hemorrhoids, work on eating so you have soft, easy stools, spend less time sitting down and avoid lifting anything heavy. Wishing you lots of health.

  13. Sprinkle some baking soda on a folded paper towel with olive oil on it and get ready for action. The roids will breakup quickly, make sure you have plenty of toilet paper between your bum and your underwear.

  14. Hi, I’m Eric, 25 years old. I’m a soccer player and I keep bleeding everytime I visit the bathroom which has made me loose a lot of stamina in playing my game. Please, what should I do to get my stamina back to play soccer?

    • Hi, Eric. If your bleeding has made you lose stamina, then it might be wise to go see your doctor and have him or her run some tests to see what is really causing it. It could be hemorrhoids or something else. The color of the blood, which should be either light red or dark red, even brownish can indicate where the bleeding is coming from. It is important to know what is causing the bleeding to know how to stop it. The fact that you have noticed a loss of stamina due to this bleeding means you have been losing too much blood overall since it has all started. It would be wise to make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible to reverse the side effects you have been experiencing. Wishing you lots of health.

  15. Hi, I am Comfort. I am 17. I think I have hemorrhoids… It started on Saturday. I visited the toilet frequently that day only to discover on Sunday that I had blood traces in my stool and a lump which appears often but goes back inside immediately as I am done using the toilet. Please, what am I to do?

    • Hi, Comfort. It might be hemorrhoids indeed and the fact that they fall out, then go back inside might indicate a more advanced stage. You should go to the doctor for a test to see what degree your hemorrhoids really are and simply rule out other conditions or diseases. Make sure you tell the doctor everything, from the fact that there was blood to what color the blood was and the presence of the lump which goes back inside. This will be very helpful for him or her in assessing your condition. Don’t be afraid of the check-up: it’s easy, quick and you won’t feel a thing. Regardless of how much or how little hemorrhoids may bother us, it is important to watch what we eat to prevent constipation. Straining from constipation makes hemorrhoids worse so it’s best to eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, moderate amounts of whole grains, a bit of yogurt for improving intestinal transit and very little meat or other dairy. Remember to go see a doctor as soon as you can to avoid potential complications and get on the right path towards managing the condition. Wishing you lots of health.

  16. Hey. I’m Rina. I’m 19 yrs old. And my piles were diagnosed 1 year ago when I felt pain during my bowel movements. When I felt pain it was already late as there was a lump coming out. I went to my doctor and by improving my diet I got relief in pain. But that lump is still there. Is it necessary to remove it? I don’t have any pain now but still, is removal necessary? I don’t want surgery so I’m avoiding it.

    • Hi, Rina. Surgery can be painful, but it will treat your hemorrhoids completely. There are also other less invasive techniques such as stapling the hemorrhoids to cut off their blood supply which makes them shrink, dry and fall out. Surgical treatment is recommended if the hemorrhoids have prolapsed or fallen out, in which case they become a nuisance. The lump you are referring to is just that, hemorrhoid prolapse. You can keep improving your diet, eat sufficient fiber, drink plenty of liquids and keep active and you might be alright for years. But it’s also possible that the hemorrhoids might start to bother you just because they are out. It’s your decision if you want to wait as long as possible. Just know that the pain is temporary and the relief you will feel after it will make it feel like it was all worth it. But, again, this is your decision. The important thing is to be informed whatever decision you make. Talk to your doctor about whether or not surgery might improve your life further and have him or her explain everything to you and reassess your condition. Wishing your lots of health.

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