Natural Remedies To Relieve Hemorrhoid Pain

Natural Remedies To Relieve Hemorrhoid Pain. Ouch! Hemorrhoids (also called piles) can be very painful. Here are some tips to soothe the pain and help shrink them.

Cold compress:
A cold compress will help the hemorrhoids to shrink and become small in size. It will reduce pain and provide instant relief from itching. It will be easier to pass stools once swelling is reduced. Wrap some ice in a clean cloth and apply it directly over the hemorrhoids. Doing this several times, a day will help to constrict the blood vessels and reduce hemorrhoids effectively. Also sitting on a cushion rather than a hard surface helps reduce the swelling of existing hemorrhoids and prevents the formation of new ones.

Hydration:
Dryness may aggravate hemorrhoids and may cause excessive bleeding. Never use a dry tissue to wipe the affected area as it may cause unwanted scratches that can worsen the swollen vessels. Instead use a non-perfumed, non-medicated wet tissue to wipe off without drying out your skin. You may also place vitamin E capsules in the opening of the anus to soothe the area and re-hydrate it.

Take warm baths:

Soak in a bathtub filled with a few inches of warm water for about 15 minutes at a time. Do it two or three times a day and after every bowel movement. If you want to wash the area, too, use unscented soap and don’t scrub.

Witch Hazel:

Witch hazel is reputed to reduce pain, itching and bleeding until hemorrhoids fade out. There isn’t much scientific support for its use but it does contain tannins and oils that may help bring down inflammation and slow bleeding. Supporters say it tightens the skin as a natural anti-inflammatory. Witch hazel wipes (Tucks) are soothing and have no harmful effects.

Pure Aloe Vera:

The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera may help soothe inflammation of hemorrhoids.

Petroleum Jelly:

Put a little petroleum jelly just inside your rectum to make your bowel movements hurt less. Don’t force it! Dab witch hazel on irritated hemorrhoids, or use over-the-counter creams or ointments made for hemorrhoid symptoms. A 1% hydrocortisone cream on the skin outside the rectum (not inside) can relieve itching, too.

Get more fiber: 

Add more fiber to your diet from food, a fiber supplement (such as Metamucil, Citrucel, or Fiber Con), or both. Along with adequate fluid, fiber softens stools and makes them easier to pass, reducing pressure on hemorrhoids. High-fiber foods include broccoli, beans, wheat and oat bran, whole-grain foods, and fresh fruit.

OTC Meds:

Taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen , ibuprofen , naproxen , or aspirin will lessen the pain and reduce the swelling.

Some hemorrhoids can’t be managed with conservative treatments alone, either because symptoms persist or because an internal hemorrhoid has prolapsed. Contact your doctor if your hemorrhoids are severe or symptoms not relieved within a week.

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