Hemorrhoids Home Remedies: For Fast Hemorrohoid Relief and Cure
Because of the nature of hemorrhoids, there are many popular home remedies available to most hemorrhoid sufferers.
Hemorrhoid home remedies that use herb and plant extracts are covered in detail on a different webpage on this site.
Instead, this page offers detailed descriptons on popular hemorrhoid remedies that use what you have at home or can easily get with a quick trip to the pharmacy or grocery.
1.. Hemorrhoids Home Remedy Guidelines for Relief and Cure of Hemorrhoid Pain and Discomfort.
General Guidelines and Basic Plan for Hemorrhoid Home Relief and Cure:
Daily Diet and Fiber
The first point to consider when developing your hemorrhoids home remedy plan is diet and fiber intake.
Please take a look at the high fiber diet information we've provided to research how to incorporate this vital area into your hemorrhoids home remedy plan.
Proper Toilet Use
Using the toilet in the correct way is another high priority in the vast majority of hemorrhoids home remedy programs. Keep reading:
If you stay on the toilet more than five minutes at a time, you run the risk of inflaming or worsening any existing hemorrhoids. Learn to sharply limit your time on the toilet, if you're not done within a few minutes then it's better to wait till later than continue to sit there with your pelvic floor unsupported.
Find a footstool of a suitable height to put your feet up on while sitting on the toilet or anywhere else.
If you like, you can find squatting toilets made to allow humans to eliminate the way we evolved to. The squatting position does not remove pelvic muscle support, while a sitting toilet does.
Don't Be Stationary
Whether you sit to work or stand, you need to take several short walks per day. Too much sitting or standing can inflame hemorrhoids. Work several 5 minute walks into your day as part of your hemorrhoid treatment plan, especially if you sit or stand for long periods of time.
Sleep with your legs propped up above the level of your heart if possible.
This can do wonders to increase overall blood flow and to take the pressure off of hemorrhoidal veins.
2.. Appropriate hemorrhoid creams and ointments - home remedies targeted at external hemorrhoids.
External hemorrhoids get sore and inflamed from being rubbed or chafed by the close quarters outside the anal opening. A bit of cream or ointment lubricates and moisturizes the hemorrhoids, which both soothes them in the immediate and keeps them from being annoyed further.
Many specially targeted commercial hemorrhoid creams are offered on the market today, both online and in the grocery. The best ones we've found are Anusol, Zenmed Zero and Preparation H. I've used one called Bepanthen as a hemorrhoid home remedy and found it a soothing ointment that also contained an antiseptic.
Creams based on zinc oxide also help with relief from pain and discomfort when applied to external hemorrhoids.
If you're really in a lot of pain, you may want to investigate a cream or lotion that includes a topical anesthetic like tetracaine. An ingredient called stramonium is one of the best over-the-counter hemorrhoid home remedies.
Because of the immense annoyance external hemorrhoids can cause, there's a huge number of over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams, lotions and ointments available at most pharmacies.
Quite a few incorporate a local anesthetic such as benzocaine or lidocaine to provide almost instantaneous relief.
Hydrocortizone is another common ingredient in over the counter hemorrhoid preparations. Hydrocortizone is a steroidal anti-inflammatory and offers a powerful hemorrhoids home remedy. However, you do need to be cautious when using it. While hydrocortizone offers powerful and immediate relief from external hemorrhoid inflammation, if it's used for too long it will start thinning the skin and muscle of the area and make the problems leading to hemorrhoids even worse. If you're going to use it, only do so in crisis situations for relief and be sure to take longer-term measures to fix the problem. Do not use it as an ongoing medication.
The most common and effective ingredient in most topical formulae is a lubricant and moisturizer base. The most popular bases are cocoa butter, petroleum jelly and glycerin compounds, but there are many cream and ointment bases out there that can be used effectively as hemorrhoid home remedies.
Creams containing calamine, which is usually used for poison ivy, may be one of the most effective out there because lubricant and moisturizer are combined with an astringent to provide maximum relief. You'll want to be careful of your clothes, though.
3.. Suppositories as hemorrhoid home remedies for speedy relief
Suppositories can be darned handy for hemorrhoid relief. Proctosedyl is one of the good ones. You insert suppositories into the anal canal through the sphincter. If you get a suppository made with a painkiller, it will help numb the area much faster as the medication is delivered directly to the painful area in question. If the suppository contains antibiotics, antiseptics or anti-infectives, it will help kill any present infection. However, you want to be careful when using suppositories, especially those with anti-infectives. Plenty of beneficial bacteria live in your intestinal tract, and you do NOT want to kill it off. Never use anything as a suppository unless it was made specifically for that purpose.
4.. Hemorrhoid home remedies - things you can take orally
There are a number of oral pain killers that can be taken to relieve hemorrhoid-related pain, such as paracetamol. When choosing your painkiller, be aware that narcotics such as codeine can cause constipation, so avoid these if hemorrhoids are present. In addition, using aspirin as a painkiller is not advised if you have a problem with hemorrhoidal bleeding. Aspirin is a natural blood thinner, which means it prevents blood clotting.
Over the counter ibuprofen is one of the most effective hemorrhoid pain killers because ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. That means that it works both to directly block the pain from hemorrhoids while it reduces the inflammation, reducing the pain further.
Acetaminophen is also helpful for hemorrhoid pain relief, but it doesn't offer ibuprofen's anti-inflammatory properties. It does reduce fever, however, so if you have a fever take this. You'll also want to go to a doctor ASAP, as a high fever usually indicates a serious infection.
Over the counter pain medication can be a quite effective temporary relief measure in your hemorrhoids home remedy program.
5.. Sitz Baths: A Popular Hemorrhoid Home Remedy
Sitz baths are one of the most popular hemorrhoid home remedies. They help relieve hemorrhoid symptoms such as itching, swelling and inflammation.
Many people find bathing in warm, plain water to give immediate relief for both internal and external hemorrhoids.
Another common variation is to add Epsom salts or carefully chosen aromatherapy essential oils to the bath.
You'll want to draw 2 to 3 inches of water as hot as you can easily bear and sit in it for twenty minutes three to four times each day.
Should you have a problem with external hemorrhoids, you might try adding some oatmeal powder to the bath is quite soothing, but you'll want to avoid harsh cleansers or other bath additives like the proverbial plague.
If you find sitz-baths particularly soothing, you may want to invest in a small sitz-bath that fits over the toilet seat. This can reduce your water expenditure and the amount of time you have to spend on this treatment. You can find these small sitz-baths at many pharmacies, or look online.
For maximum relief, you may want to sit on a towel-wrapped icepack for a few minutes right after the bath. This alternation between heat and cold increases circulation to the area, which is really good when we're talking about hemorrhoids.
6.. To Relieve Pain and Discomfort at Home, Take Suitable Physical Care of Hemorrhoids
Fecal matter trapped in and around the anal area can cause hemorrhoids to become sore, itchy or inflamed. Use mild soap and water to clean the area after gently wiping with soft toilet paper in order to cleanse the area throughly. By using a soft washcloth with soap and water, you go a lot easier on the hemorrhoid than if you repeatedly wipe with toilet paper. You may find medicated wipes, such as Anusol wipes, to be useful for hemorrhoid hygiene as well.
7.. Suitable Toilet Paper: A Basic Hemorrhoid Home Remedy
If you suffer from external or prolapsed (protruding) hemorrhoids, nothing's better than white, soft toilet paper to reduce pain and discomfort. The cheap, hard, rough kind of toilet paper is sure to annoy your hemorrhoids to no end, especially if you have to wipe repeatedly to get the area clean.
The intestinal tract emits several fluids in the normal daily course of functioning. These fluids, which are meant to break down food, can irritate tender hemorrhoids. To eliminate this irritation, clean the anal area throughly and gently once per day with cool water and plain, hypoallergenic soap.
Instead of wiping with toilet paper, you may want to pat the anal area clean after each bowel movement with pads that have been soaked in witch hazel, cranebill, apple vinegar or aloe vera juice to clean, dry and soothe inflamed hemorrhoidal tissue.
8.. Reinsertion: Effective Home Remedy for Prolapsed Hemorrhoids
If you have a prolapsed hemorrhoid that doesn't retract on its own, you can try to gently push it back into the body through the anal sphincter. If a hemorrhoid is coming through the anal sphincter, use a finger to put it back in place. Be very careful, as internal hemorrhoids are fragile and get damaged easily. If the hemorrhoid is coming from inside the anal canal, the pain should subside quickly once it's fully back inside.
9.. A Doughnut Hemorrhoid Cushion: A Home Remedy in Use for Years
Many people who suffer from hemorrhoids have found significant relief from using a doughnut-shaped hemorrhoid cushion. A hemroid cushion is normally an inflatable rubber ring, similiar to the inflatable rings that kids wear at the pool or beach. You sit on it, rather than wear it.
The doughnut cushion basically works by removing direct and minimizing indirect pressure on the hemorrhoid in question. It works on internal hemorrhoids by removing pressure from the gluteus (buttocks) muscles on the anal canal.
I can remember my dad using a hemorrhoid cushion many years ago, so I know they've been around quite a while now.
If you don't have one of these doughnut cushions, you may still find relief from hemorrhoid symptoms using a normal soft cushion or pillow while sitting.
You can find the special hemorrhoid cushions at many local pharmacies or online.
10.. Ice Suppositories: A Cool Hemorrhoid Home Remedy
Using ice packs to reduce swelling is fairly common knowledge, but how do you apply ice to the hemorrhoid area? This can require some creativity, but hemorrhoid sufferers do tend to get quite inventive when seeking relief.
You can shape a piece of ice into a suppository shape, which is kind of like a short, rounded rifle bullet. Of course, if you're not going out of your mind with irritation and don't need something to do with your hands NOW, you can also let ice cubes melt into the same sort of shape.
When you go to insert the suppository, make sure the ice is wet and slippery instead of dry and likely to stick to skin. If it sticks to skin, you could give yourself a nice case of internal frostbite on top of the hemorrhoid. Insert like you would any suppository.
11.. Avoid Tight Fitting Underwear and Clothes: Back to the Home Remedy Basics
Nothing irritates hemorrhoids like tight clothing. It restricts blood flow to the area, puts pressure on the hemorrhoid, and can chafe an external hemorrhoid like nothing else.
Tight clothing and underwear can also irritate the entire area, contribute to low muscle tone and decrease circulation, all underlying issues that lead to hemorrhoid formation.
In addition, you can be mildly sensitive to the synthetic materials modern underwear is made of without knowing it. This sort of irritation can make existing hemorrhoids even worse.
12.. Exercise Needs To Be Part of Your Home Remedy Program
There are a few hydraulic and mechanical techniques used to relieve and cure hemorrhoids. The most basic is simply to increase circulation through the area, which you do by increasing your activity level.
If your work requires long periods of standing or sitting, take a brisk walk on your breaks every couple of hours. As long as your doctor's ok with it, you may also want to start walking for half an hour three times per week.
Kegel exercise sets also come in handy for hemorrhoid sufferers. To do Kegels, clench and release all pelvic muscles ten times in a row, and give yourself a few minutes between sets. These help you get back and keep the muscle tone needed to support your anorectal veins.
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