Haemorrhoids and Travel: Tips for a Pain-Free Journey

Travel tips for People with piles

Haemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins that are inside the rectum and anus that cause discomfort and bleeding. They are caused by straining and pressure during bowel movements, pregnancy, etc.

Haemorrhoids can make traveling difficult. Often, when people travel, they sit for prolonged periods of time, which can increase pressure on piles. These people may not eat healthy food while traveling and may not exercise regularly during their trip. These and many other symptoms are exacerbated by travel.

Air travel, in particular, can be harmful to people with haemorrhoids due to several factors. During air travel, people experience changes in air pressure during the flight. When an airplane takes off, the air pressure in the plane decreases, which can cause swelling in the veins of the anal canal. This can increase the discomfort and pain felt by those with piles. Dehydration is another effect of air travel. The low humidity levels in the cabin can result in dehydration, which can lead to constipation thus, further aggravating the condition.

Tips for Handling Haemorrhoids while Traveling:

There are several measures that people with piles can take to manage their symptoms while travelling:

  • Do not sit for long periods of time during your trip:

Use a good haemorrhoid pillow or cushion. A haemorrhoid pillow or cushion can reduce haemorrhoid pain while sitting.

  • Get enough fibrous food:

If you eat enough fibre you can prevent constipation. Constipation is a major risk factor for developing haemorrhoids.

  • Do not take laxatives:

When you are suffering from constipation, you should avoid laxatives. This is because laxatives can produce intestinal contractions, that lead to more haemorrhoidal pressures.

  • Drink sufficient amount of water.

Being well-hydrated is important in preventing haemorrhoidal flare-ups.

  • Regular physical activity can maintain your colon health:

Therefore, incorporate physical activities into your trip.

  • Choose an airplane seat that is appropriate for you.

Choose a seat with extra legroom since it can provide more space to move around. This can reduce the pressure on the veins in your anal canal. 

How Haemorrhoid Patients Can Prepare for Travel:

Traveling can be an exciting adventure, but for individuals dealing with hemorrhoids, it can also bring about concerns and discomfort. At Chennai Laser Gastro, we understand your unique needs, and we're here to help you prepare for a smooth and pain-free journey. Before your trip, schedule a consultation with our expert hemorrhoid specialists to manage your condition effectively.

Chennai Laser Gastro is committed to enhancing your travel experience by providing personalized care and guidance for hemorrhoid management. Enjoy your trip with confidence, knowing that we're here to support you every step of the way.

Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran