According to The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, about 75 percent of people may experience hemorrhoids at some point in their lives.* Some of these hemorrhoids may be caused by a lack of fiber in one’s diet. This problem may be compounded around the holiday season when people tend to pay less attention to healthy eating and more attention to eggnog and fruitcake. Between family gatherings, festivities with friends and company parties, efforts to eat healthy and fiber-rich foods, may become lax.
Eating foods high in fiber, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, often helps to prevent hemorrhoids in some people. For more examples of foods that are fiber-rich, visit Digestive Health. If you do have hemorrhoids and experience discomfort, a topical local anesthetic such as RectiCare® Cream may help. RectiCare® contains 5% lidocaine, which provides rapid relief from burning, itching and pain. RectiCare® Cream retails for $29.99 and is available at Walgreens and Rite Aid stores without a prescription.
*The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). NIH Publication No. 11–3021: April 30, 2012.