Heat & Hemorrhoids: How to Stay Cool This Summer

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Summer is the prime time for vacations and outdoor activities. However, if you have hemorrhoids, you may find this season more stressful than enjoyable.

Heat can exacerbate existing hemorrhoids or trigger them to develop if you’re already at high risk.

Heat and Hemorrhoids
There are certain things about summer that can worsen your hemorrhoids. One, heat favors vasodilation, causing further swelling and itchiness on the site. And second, the dietary changes during summer (all the meat in the barbecue parties, alcohol, etc.) can cause constipation, another factor for causing or worsening your hemorrhoids.

What you can do
You, too, can enjoy summer without having to constantly worry about sitz baths. With the following tips, you can keep hemorrhoid flare-ups at a minimum:

• Stick with a well-balanced diet
The beautiful weather in the summer creates that ideal opportunity to host get-togethers and barbecue parties. Oftentimes, these gatherings are filled with food that isn’t really ‘bowel-friendly.’

If you have hemorrhoids, this can be an issue as constant constipation can worsen them.

Here’s a good tip when eating out or attending these parties: fill half of your plate with high-fiber food. Think of leafy greens, fresh fruits, and beans. Luckily, summer is often a season for high fibrous foods like strawberries, watermelon, bell peppers, and tomatoes.

• Drink up
Staying regular doesn’t just depend on the type of food you eat. How much and what you drink also plays an important role.

So, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. But be careful with what you’re drinking. Alcohol and sugar-laden drinks tend to do the opposite.

It’s best to stick with the good, ‘ol water. If you’re tired of the plain one, try adding slices of lemon or refreshing vegetables like cucumber.

If you’re looking for a fiz, a no-sugar-added sparkling water can do the trick!

Aim to drink at least eight (8) glasses of water each day. This is very important especially if you’re staying out for long.

• Keep moving
Exercise is another key for keeping hemorrhoid flare-ups at bay.

If you’re not a gym person, take your exercise outdoors or simply do something that will keep you moving. It can be walking, cycling, swimming, or any sport you enjoy. This will keep your blood flowing and it’s a great way to enjoy summer.

If your hemorrhoids are causing so much discomfort that they keep you from enjoying this season, our specialists at Premier Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville can help. We’re the ONLY dedicated hemorrhoid center in the region.

To request an appointment, may call our confidential Hemorrhoid Hotline at (865) 588-9952 or go online to: https://www.premiersurgical.com/hemorrhoid-treatment-appointment-request/

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