There is no doubt about it, hemorrhoids can really hurt. BUT, if you are wondering how to treat hemorrhoids at home, then you have come to the right place. Here are some real and practical tips that will give you quick relief.
The first thing that you need to do when you are seeking home treatment for hemorrhoids is to understand what they are and why they occur in the first place. Simply speaking, hemorrhoids are bulging veins in the anus area. They may or may not bleed, and can become (but are not always) quite irritating and painful.
Hemorrhoids have several main causes. They include genetic predisposition, sitting for long periods of time, straining during bowel movements, and pregnancy. Hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy will often resolve themselves after the baby is born and can be treated effectively in the mean time. To treat hemorrhoids that are caused by sitting or straining, you need to treat both the symptoms and the underlying cause of the problem.
One thing you need to know, although I have successfully treated my own hemorrhoids, I am not a doctor. If you think you have this condition, or if you are experiencing any bleeding at all in the rectal area you should always be seen by a doctor. Most of the time your symptoms will be hemorrhoids, but sometimes it is not, and you should always get checked to be sure.
How to treat hemorrhoids at home
I have personally tried lots of things to cure hemorrhoids and in my opinion the #1 thing you can do to get instant relief from the pain and swelling is to use ice. Ice is magic. I was a little skeptical at first, but then I tried it, and it was amazing how much it helped. There are basically two ways to apply ice to a hemorrhoid. You can use and ice pack and place it directly on the hemorrhoid or you can buy a product like hemorr-ice, which is a freezable insert and will treat not only your external hemorrhoids, but also your internal ones. Ice is of course free, but the hemorr-ice product (which people love) is only $15 at Amazon, so both are easy and low cost.
After you have iced your hemorrhoids, you will want to consider using an over the counter suppository. I prefer these instead of creams for a couple of reasons. Suppositories are less messy and easier to deal with, but the biggest reason I like them better than any type of ointments is that they help your bowel movements to be easier. This is a great thing, because it will help your hemorrhoids to heal faster. Preparation H makes a quality hemorrhoid suppository that is easy to use and effective.
Once these two steps are accomplished you should be in a lot less pain. If you aren’t feeling less pain by this point then you can take some Tylenol to alleviate the pain as it can really help.
After you have treated the initial pain, it is time to consider the underlying cause of the condition. In order to reduce (or even eliminate) flare-ups of your hemorrhoids, you need to fix the bowel habits that got you there in the first place. If you strain when you go to the bathroom, you are only inviting your hemorrhoids to come back in a worse way than ever.
To avoid straining (and ultimately help keep your hemorrhoids gone for good), you just need to do a few things. The first thing you should do is drink plenty of water and add fiber to your diet. You can take a fiber supplement, but the best route is to eat more fruits and vegetables. I have found that eating two high fiber fruits a day – such as apples and pears – is a great way to stay regular. Beans and whole grains are also good sources of dietary fiber.
Fiber works so well because it is what is called a bulking agent. It makes your waste soft and easy to pass. Which if you suffer from constipation you know this is a good thing.
Another thing that really help is going to the bathroom as soon as you get the urge. Holding it can just cause constipation and irritation to just get worse.
If you treat your hemorrhoids at home and then take steps to keep them from coming back, you will likely see great results. 90% or more of hemorrhoids will respond to this simple treatment plan, but if yours don’t be sure to see a doctor as there are many great options available to you for hemorrhoid relief.