A fistula is a channel between a hollow or tubular opening and another body tissue or between two tube-like organs. Fistulas may form different sites and variations in the body, but anorectal fistulas are the most commonly found fistulas. Always go for medical attention for fistulas and consult your doctor. If required, some lifestyle changes and home remedies can also improve your condition.
Take care of your diet and keep your stomach and digestive system healthy. Avoid spicy food, junk food, and fatty food and get a healthier digestive system that is less prone to problems. Choose for more whole grains, leafy green vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. Adding fibers and cereal to your diet will help to avoid constipation, which can irritate a fistula.
Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and soda; as a substitute consume huge amounts of water and fruit juices. You can have ginger tea, turmeric milk etc. This will prevent constipation, which gives pressure on your fistula. An excess amount of water will make waste softer and will help clean the intestines.
If your job needs you to sit down for long hours, avoid pushing extra pressure on your back, buttocks, and legs, particularly, if you have an anal fistula. This could be done by sitting on a “donut pillow” instead of the regular chair.
Always wash after each bowel movement or going to the toilet. Avoid any bacteria residual on your skin, as, it is the first step to prevent an infection. If you’re outside and can’t wash, always keep wipes with you to be used until you can get home. Your hands get the most exposure to germs and therefore you must clean them regularly. Change your underclothing as needed all through the day if the fistula is leaking. This will prevent the spread of germs and growth of bacteria which can decrease perianal irritation and thus, it will help in removing the annoying symptoms associated with fistulas.
Having a healthy diet and eating food, like fish, olive oil and citrus fruits which are rich in omega-3s, omega-6s, and vitamin C will help you to strengthen the immune system and decrease the levels of inflammation you may suffer due to a fistula.