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Hemorrhoids (cont.)

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.

Dietary Changes

  • 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

  • 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.

Activity Suggestions

  • 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 pharmacies.
  • 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.

Over-the-Counter Medications

  • 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 and swelling.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/6/2013
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