In the spirit the London 2012 Olympics, and the celebration of another Gold Medal for Team GB Cyclist Bradley Wiggins, we look at one concern of dedicated cyclists and offer up some information courtesy of Livestrong.
You are more prone to haemorrhoids if you spend a long time on the toilet and strain while trying to move your bowels and if you have frequent diarrhea or constipation. The problem also comes from not eating enough fiber, the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse advises. Pregnant women develop the problem because their rectal or anal veins get enlarged because of pressure in the abdomen. Older adults are more prone to hemorrhoids because the connective tissue in their anal areas and rectums weakens naturally as they age.
Regular exercise improves digestion but can worsen hemorrhoids if you do the wrong type. Cycling often irritates the problem and causes more pain and swelling because sitting on a bike seat puts pressure on the afflicted area. Weight lifting is also problematic because it strains the lower back, which can also worsen hemorrhoids. Stick to activities like running, walking, swimming or doing yoga, Pilates or aerobics if you have problems with hemorrhoids. Exercises that improve muscle tone are especially good for preventing or improving hemorrhoids.
Other activities that put pressure on your anal area irritate hemorrhoids in the same way as riding a bicycle. Sitting down for long periods of time can cause problems. Touching or scratching the hemorrhoids because of irritation from sitting inflames them and makes them even worse. Non-irritating exercise is beneficial because it may help you lose weight, and excess pounds can contribute to hemorrhoids.
Treat hemorrhoids by avoiding activities like biking that aggravate the condition, and soak the affected area in warm water to sooth it. Use baby wipes for personal cleansing, and wear cotton underpants. Apply corticosteroid creams to ease itching. Some creams contain lidocaine to numb the area if the pain is intolerable. Raise your fiber consumption to keep your bowel movements soft, moist and easy to pass so you do not worsen your problem by straining.
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