Hemorrhoids, or the varicose veins of the anus, are a popular disease among people. Since it is an embarrassing issue, people avoid talking about it and do not have the courage to ask a physician or a pharmacist for advice on the care of the intimate areas. Meanwhile, proper hygiene of the perianal area is a very important aspect of dealing with hemorrhoids.
How to care for intimate areas?
A perineum and perianal area are exposed to a number of microdamages in connection with the irritating effect of human secretions and excretions, as well as by incorrect intimate hygiene of these areas. People suffering from recurrent hemorrhoids should especially care for this part of the body through proper wash, best with flowing water and with the use of appropriate cosmetics. As a rule, you should avoid washing perineum and perianal areas (just 1-2 times a day). You should not use sponges or washcloths, which in addition to the mechanical irritation of sensitive places, are also a habitat for bacteria. After each wash, one should try to very gently dry the skin and mucous membranes, avoiding intense rubbing with a towel. You should moisturize the areas irritated by the disease after bathing with a special cosmetic, containing the composition of olive or other lubricant and soothing panthenol. You should use products designed for the hygiene around the perianal area and perineum, which have an acidic pH (compliant with the areas’ natural pH), instead of just ordinary soap.
How to choose underwear, clothing, toilet paper?
Hemorrhoids are an affliction that requires changing many habits. This also applies to the rules of dressing up and the use of proper toilet accessories. Underwear worn by people with varicose veins of the anus should be made of natural fibers such as cotton or silk. Only such fabrics are well permeable to air and will not cause moisture build-up in problematic areas. Dressing up, one should remember to dress in clothes least slim-fitting, not spanning the buttocks and hips, allowing adequate ventilation of these places and preventing odor and subsequent irritation of hemorrhoids. Just like with the underwear, lower body clothes should also be made of a well-permeable fabric. When using the toilet, a rough paper which may injure the skin should be avoided. Instead, one should choose rather soft paper, without the rough, irritating surface. Such products, enriched with aloe vera or chamomile extracts, which soothe and reduce discomfort, might be obtained from the shops.
Intimate hygiene products used in hemorrhoids
Currently, in the range of shops and pharmacies, there are many cosmetics for intimate hygiene (gels, lotions, powders, wipes), for both women and men. No matter the gender, the proper intimate hygiene of the perianal area in people with hemorrhoids becomes a common issue. Hemorrhoids cause the perineal skin to be overly sensitive and prone to damage, therefore it is good to use a cleansing gel containing substances with soothing properties.
The best choices are natural plant extracts of aloe vera, calendula and chamomile. It is worth to pay attention to the content of active nourishing substances as well as those which protect by forming a protective film over the delicate area of hemorrhoids, such as panthenol, honey extract, prickly pear, pear and passion fruit. Due to its physiological function, the perianal area is also a habitat for bacteria whose existence causes the unpleasant odor. To avoid this embarrassing problem, it is worth paying attention to the content of zinc ions, which act as an antibacterial while protecting against the development of lush, abnormal flora, in the gel.
It is also important to maintain proper pH of the perianal area, which should be permanent and close to the natural one. If the washing substance used in daily hygiene of the areas with hemorrhoids is enriched with natural amino acids (eg. arginine, leucine), extract of oak or witch hazel, it helps to effectively take care of the acidic environments of the area.