Hemorrhoids (also known as penyakit buasir in Malay) are swollen veins in your lower rectum and anus, forming a round or oval lump. There are two types of hemorrhoids, inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids), or around the anus (external hemorrhoids). They can be stretched so thin that they bulge and get irritated, especially during passing motion which causes pain and bleeding. It is particularly a hassle if you were to travel with hemorrhoids, as the discomfort may ruin your vacation. Fortunately, there are many easy ways for us to get rid of hemorrhoids faster and reduce the possibility of a recurrence, mainly with lifestyle changes and home remedies, but some may require medications (ubat buasir) or surgical procedures. This article will discuss some tips to allow you to travel with external hemorrhoids with ease of mind.
The best option is to get rid of your hemorrhoid before you need to travel. To do so, a few simple lifestyle changes and home remedies before your trip can be done. Take more high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as they soften your stool and increase its bulk, which helps you avoid straining during passing motion. Drink at least seven to eight glasses of water every day as fluids will help support proper digestion. Be sure not to hold in your poop, it is even better if you could train yourself to have a regular bowel habit every day so that you would not feel the urgency later when a toilet is unavailable. Regular soaking of your anal area in plain warm water or sitz bath for about 10 to 15 minutes, two to three times a day especially after passing motion, helps to relieve symptoms. Pat gently to dry after the warm bath, or you can use a blow dryer on a cool setting if it feels better, make sure not to scrub or scratch the area.
If your hemorrhoid is still an issue when you need to travel, fret not as there are several tips for you to reduce the discomfort and keep the symptoms in check during your trip. You can get over-the-counter topical treatment before your trip such as hemorrhoid cream or suppository containing 1% hydrocortisone, used together with wipes or ointments with witch hazel or a numbing agent, such as lidocaine, to soothe the pain and itch. Most tubes of hemorrhoid cream are small enough to fit in your luggage or a purse, but if you purchased a very large tube you can squeeze a small amount into a small container to bring along. You can also bring some cotton pads or cotton balls saturated with witch hazel in a small and resealable container to carry with you. Oral pain relievers, such as over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen can be considered to temporarily help relieve your discomfort. If you do not get enough fiber from food, you may get some fiber supplement or stool softener, however, do not take laxatives as they cause diarrhea which could irritate your hemorrhoid, make sure to bring along anti-diarrhea medications as well.
During your trip, choose to wear loose, soft cotton underwear to keep the area aired out and bring an extra pair in case of bleeding. Sit on a pillow or cushion instead of a hard surface to ease swelling and prevent new hemorrhoids from forming, and get up every hour to move around for at least 5 minutes to relieve pressure on your bum, especially if you are on a long haul flight. You may also apply a little petroleum jelly just inside your anus before passing motion to make it hurt less, use medicated soft wet wipes after to keep your anal area clean to avoid further irritation. In the hotel, you can try to apply a cold pack on the tender area of hemorrhoid for a few minutes to numb it and reduce the swelling. Most importantly, be sure to stay hydrated and eat healthily throughout your trip!