How to Prevent and Treat Hemorrhoids During Airplane Travel

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Written by Charles Coleman, MD on April 23, 2022

There are many ways to prevent and treat hemorrhoids during airplane travel, including staying hydrated, eating healthy, and avoiding foods that cause straining.

Here are a few simple things to keep in mind:

Stay hydrated

Whether you're flying by plane or car, you can stay hydrated on the go by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol. While flying, be sure to avoid slouching or straining during bowel movements. Staying hydrated is essential for avoiding discomfort and pain. Keeping yourself hydrated while traveling with hemorrhoids is especially important if you plan on sitting for long periods of time.

Eat healthy

There are a variety of ways to treat your hemorrhoids while traveling. In addition to natural remedies, you can take certain precautions to prevent the problem. Stress, too, is a major contributor to the problem. You should avoid spicy foods during your airplane trip because they irritate hemorrhoids. Spicy foods won't directly cause hemorrhoids, but they will aggravate them if you have tiny fissures or cuts in your body.

Avoid straining

One of the best ways to avoid straining while traveling is to have a bowel movement as often as possible. It is also important to avoid constipation, which can make hemorrhoids worse. To prevent constipation, drink plenty of water, exercise, and eat a diet rich in fiber. Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, and bran.

Avoid spicy foods

While it is not always possible to avoid spicy food, some people with hemorrhoids are sensitive to them. Spicy foods can irritate hemorrhoids, causing itching and pain. While they don't cause hemorrhoids directly, spicy food can aggravate existing conditions by irritating the tiny fissures and cuts. Fortunately, there are many ways to enjoy spicy foods without aggravating your condition.

Avoid stress

A simple solution to your travel woes is to avoid the causes of stress, including eating spicy foods. While spicy foods won't directly cause hemorrhoids, they may irritate them and aggravate them further. Although spicy foods won't cause hemorrhoids, they may aggravate them because they can irritate tiny fissures and cuts in your body. If you want to avoid the causes of stress when traveling with hemorrhoids, here are some tips:

Avoid constipation

One of the best ways to prevent constipation while traveling with hemorrhoids is to drink plenty of water. A reusable water bottle can remind you to drink water during your trip. Regular physical activity is also beneficial for keeping your colon healthy. People who lead sedentary lives are at an increased risk for developing hemorrhoids. While traveling, it is important to remember to have frequent bowel movements. Constipation can worsen hemorrhoids.

Avoid thrombosed hemorrhoids during air travel

If you are traveling by plane, be sure to keep your bowel movements on schedule to avoid developing thrombosed hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are painful and often tender to the touch. To help ease your pain, take a narcotic such as ibuprofen, and use it to relieve the pain. However, be careful to stay away from aspirin and ibuprofen-based products, because they can interfere with clotting.