Hemorrhoid Home Remedies
Symptomatic treatment for hemorrhoids can be done at home.
Warm Sitz Baths
- Sitting in a few inches of warm water three times a day for 15 to 20 minutes
may help decrease the inflammation of the hemorrhoids.
- It is important to dry off the anal area completely after each Sitz bath to
minimize irritation of the skin surrounding the anus.
- Increased fluid intake and dietary fiber (roughage) will decrease the potential for
constipation and lessen the pressure on the rectum and anus during a bowel
movement, minimizing further swelling, discomfort, and bleeding. Dietary fiber
supplements may also help bulk up the stools
- Stool softeners may help, but once hemorrhoids are present, liquid stools
may cause inflammation and infection of the anus. A health care professional or
pharmacist are good resources to discuss their use.
- Individuals with hemorrhoids should not sit for long periods of time and may
benefit from sitting on an air or rubber donut available at most local
- Exercise is helpful in relieving constipation and in decreasing pressure on
the hemorrhoidal veins. Individuals should be encouraged to have a bowel movement
as soon as possible after the urge arises. Once that urge passes, stools can
become constipated and straining with a bowel movement may occur.
- Many creams, ointments, and suppositories are available for symptom relief
and may be used for comfort. However, they do not "cure" hemorrhoids. Often
they contain a numbing medication or a corticosteroid to decrease inflammation
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/6/2013
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