No one likes to talk about haemorrhoids. That’s why there are so many myths about this uncomfortable condition that can seriously cramp your style.
Like the belief that sitting on hard surfaces or eating spicy foods can cause piles, that only older people get them or that they are cancerous1
Knowing what causes piles and how to avoid getting them in the first place is your best line of defense. But it’s a great relief to know that keeping Preparation H® in your medicine cabinet will take care of any unexpected discomfort.
Piles are enlarged, swollen veins in the anus area due to continuous pressure3. They go hand in hand with pain, irritation, itching and even bleeding. Sitting, coughing and walking can be very uncomfortable for those who suffer from piles.
The good news is that by following a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent piles. Make sure you get enough fibre (raw fruit, veggies and wholegrains) to avoid constipation. Drink enough fluids like water to stay well-hydrated. When you go to the bathroom, take extra good care of your anal hygiene and avoid straining.
Sitting in a warm bath for 10 minutes may also help3.
If you do get piles, over-the-counter suppositories and topical agents like Preparation H® can provide relief. In severe cases, surgery is recommended if no other treatment works3.
Basically anything that increases pressure on your lower rectum may result in piles. Things like too little fibre in your diet, prolonged sitting or straining on the toilet, and constipation3.
With yeast cell extract and shark liver oil to gently soothe the skin damaged by piles, Preparation H® also alleviates discomfort by lubricating painful bowel movements2.
References: 1. Five Myths on Hemorrhoids and Its Treatment. Accessed date 2012/06/22. 2. Preparation H® Package Insert. 3. Hemorrhoids. A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia. Atlanta (GA): A.D.A.M.; 2011. Accessed date: 15/03/2012.
SO Preparation H® Ointment. Each 100g ointment contains: Yeast cell extract 1.0 g and Shark liver oil 3.0 g. Preservatives: Methyl Parahydroxybenzoate 0.1% w/w and Propyl Parahydroxybenzoate 0.2% w/w. Ref. No.: E913 (Act 101/1965).
SO Preparation H® Suppositories. Each suppository contains Yeast cell extract 23 mg and Shark liver oil 69 mg. Ref. No.: E915 (Act 101/1965).
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