Apple cider vinegar for hemorrhoids

First off, hemorrhoids, what are they, are they dangerous, are they transmittable, and if left untreated can they lead to exacerbated health issues?

Hemorrhoids are by definition: “Swollen and inflamed veins in the anus and the lower rectum.” In addition, they may be caused from straining during bowel movements and from the pressure on the veins during pregnancy. There is a possibility hemorrhoids may be caused by anal intercourse, but it is very rare, and should not be the worrisome fact of anal intercourse.

No, hemorrhoids are not dangerous as you cannot pass away from them, or have a serious health issue with them. They can however cause severe pain and discomfort in the perianal and anal area. Moreover, if left untreated may expand and cause even worse pain and itching, also likely to not go away if untreated.

In addition, no they are not transmittable, still anal fornication should not be a practice, because it can worsen the situation, and might lead to anal fissures, because of the swollen tissue.

Now, onto the topic of using apple cider vinegar for benefiting of your hemorrhoids.
First and foremost, you should always go for an appointment with your doctor to check if you really have hemorrhoids, and not an anal fissure, and then after that try to self-medicate.

Now, apple cider vinegar has many uses, some scientifically proven, and some not so much. Using apple cider vinegar as medication for your hemorrhoids is not scientifically proven working, so if you have much faith in science, you should find another way. What is scientifically proven is that apple cider vinegar has an acid, and prolonged usage could potentially lead to skin burns making your hemorrhoid even worse than before.
In that note, apple cider vinegar also has astringent properties, meaning that in regulated usage, it should help with hemorrhoids, making them less painful, and irritating. Although it is not likely to remove the symptoms completely.

Cleveland Clinic has a good list of home remedies you should not consider, and which you should. The doctor’s advice is “Don’t use this remedy (referring to apple cider vinegar) as it may burn the skin with overuse and exacerbate problems.”
Online, many people tried using apple cider vinegar for hemorrhoids, some agreeing that it works, and other saying that it does next to nothing, just worsening their symptoms. A simple google search can find you thousands of people on forums, mostly agreeing that it works, and only a small percentage saying that it didn’t do anything for them.

It should make you think that it is likely to work if used correctly, but also many of those who agreed could be a victim to placebo, and some of those to whom it did not work may be victim to nocebo. Since there is more than a few thousand people on the internet who agreed that it works, it is definitely plausible. Common sense would imply that you give it a shot, before buying expensive medication, and spending a lot of money needlessly.

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