8 Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your anus and rectum. Common symptoms can include pain, itching, and rectal bleeding. Furthermore, they can develop inside or outside of the anus and rectum, called internal and external hemorrhoids.
Besides that, hemorrhoids are an extremely common problem. So, these home remedies can make them more tolerable.
1. Witch hazel
Witch hazel can reduce both itching and pain, two main symptoms of hemorrhoids. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, so it could also reduce swelling.
Witch hazel can be purchased in liquid form and applied directly to the hemorrhoids. It can also be found in products like anti-itch wipes and soaps.
2. Aloe vera
Aloe vera gel has been used historically to treat hemorrhoids and various skin conditions. It’s thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, which might help reduce irritation.
Although there isn’t enough clinical evidence on the effectiveness of aloe vera gel for hemorrhoids. Besides that, pure aloe vera gel can also be harvested directly from inside an aloe plant’s leaves.
Some people are allergic to aloe vera, particularly those who are allergic to garlic or onions. Check for allergic reaction by rubbing a dime-sized amount onto your forearm. Wait 24 to 48 hours. If no reaction occurs, it should be safe to use.
3. Warm bath with Epsom salt
Warm baths can help soothe the irritation from hemorrhoids. Furthermore, you can use a sitz bath, which is a small plastic tub that fits over a toilet seat.
Besides that, taking a warm bath for 20 minutes after every bowel movement will be most effective. Adding Epsom salts to the bath can provide further relief by reducing pain.
4. Over the counter ointments
Over the counter ointments and creams are in almost every drug store and can offer immediate relief. Besides that, some can even reduce swelling and also help your hemorrhoid to heal faster.
If you use a cream with hydrocortisone, though, don’t use it for more than a week at a time.
5. Soothing wipes
Using toilet paper after a bowel movement can aggravate existing hemorrhoids. Furthermore, wipes can help keep you clean without causing further irritation.
Besides that, you can find wipes with soothing, anti-hemorrhoid ingredients, like witch hazel or aloe vera.
Most importantly, make sure that the wipes you choose don’t have alcohol, perfume, or other irritants in them. These substances could aggravate symptoms instead of relieving them.
6. Cold compresses
Apply ice packs or cold compresses to the anus to relieve swelling for 15 minutes at a time. For large, painful hemorrhoids, this can be an extremely effective treatment.
Besides that, always wrap ice inside a cloth or paper towel, and also never apply something frozen directly to the skin.
7. Stool softeners
Stool softeners or fiber supplements, like psyllium, can help reduce constipation, make stool softer, and make it easier to have quick, painless bowel movements.
Furthermore, many of these stool softeners come in forms like powders, capsules, and liquids that you take by mouth between once and three times a day.
8. Loose, cotton clothing
Swapping out tight clothes made with polyester with ultra-breathable cotton (especially cotton underwear) can help keep the anal area both clean and also dry. This can potentially reduce symptoms of hemorrhoids.
Besides that, avoid using perfumed detergents or fabric softeners to reduce irritation. This is also a very good remedy for hemorrhoids.
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