Not all swollen veins are found in your legs. Often, they show up as hemorrhoids. These painful, itching masses form inside your rectum or on the surface of your anus.
What’s more, they can bleed. Report any bleeding to your doctor because it could indicate a more serious condition — like colon cancer.
In most cases you can fight hemorrhoids on your own with these self-help tips:
- Eat a high-fiber diet. This means more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Drink plenty of water. Along with fiber, this helps keep stools soft and easy to pass.
- Change your bathroom habits. Straining contributes to hemorrhoids, but just siting on the toilet too long may be the main culprit.
- Soak in warm baths that cover only your hips and buttocks.
- Exercise regularly.
- Seek over-the-counter help. Look for products with benzocaine, dibucaine, pramoxine, or hydrocortisone to relieve burning and itching. You can also use witch hazel, petroleum jelly, cocoa butter, or mineral oil.
- Try herbal remedies. Herbs that might help include Butcher’s broom, horse, chestnut, Gotu kola. St. John’s wort, and flaxseed