How To Treat Hemorrhoids At Home – 7 Simple Ways To Find Relief

healthy foods for hemorrhoidsWhen hemorrhoids are flared up, the agony and pain can be excruciating. 

However, even though painful most cases of hemorrhoids can be treated from home with simple home remedies.

Listed below are seven suggestions on how to treat hemorrhoids at home.


Hemorrhoid Creams


Hemorrhoid creams are a great way to find relief from hemorrhoids during an outbreak but they will not cure the condition and aren’t meant to be used on a long-term basis.

There are a wide variety of hemorrhoid creams, ointments and suppositories available and not all are designed for the same symptoms.

Some contain ingredients to calm itching and irritation while others are designed to numb the area and provide pain relief.

You can also buy hemorrhoid creams that are designed to cover a variety of symptoms.

When choosing an over the counter hemorrhoid cream, be sure to get one that is designed to work for your particular symptoms.


Over The Counter Oral Pain Relievers


Anti-inflammatory pain relievers such as Motrin and Acetaminophen can help to relieve pain and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids.

They are best used in conjunction with other hemorrhoid remedies. 

You should always use these products according to package directions and do not take for longer than recommended.


Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider vinegar can be used as an internal or external hemorrhoid treatment.

For internal hemorrhoids it is recommended that you add two to three teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and drink it daily.

If the flavor makes it difficult for you to drink try adding a little honey to improve the taste.

To treat external hemorrhoids pour organic apple cider vinegar onto a cotton ball and apply directly to the hemorrhoid.

If the apple cider vinegar stings too much on its own, you can dilute it with water.

Another way to use organic apple cider vinegar to treat hemorrhoids is to add approximately half a cup to a warm sitz bath and soak in it for fifteen to twenty minutes.


Warm Sitz Baths


Warm sitz baths are one of the most simple and effective remedies for treating hemorrhoids. 

For a sitz bath, you can buy a specially designed tub that sits over the toilet or you can run enough water in the bathtub to cover the hemorrhoid area (approximately 3 inches).

The warm water will help to relax the muscles, soothe the area and reduce itching, irritation and swelling.

To make the warm bath even more effective, you can add a cup of Epsom salt or a half cup organic apple cider vinegar.

To get the most benefit from this treatment, you should aim for at least two sitz baths daily until the hemorrhoid pain and swelling have subsided.


High Fiber Diet


Eating a healthy diet that is packed with fruits and vegetables will help to keep your bowels regular, which will reduce straining and help prevent future hemorrhoid outbreaks.

If your diet is not providing the fiber your body needs, try taking a fiber supplement or a stool softener to help move things along.


Ice Packs


Placing an ice pack or cold compress on the hemorrhoid area will help to reduce the swelling and ease the pain by providing immediate cooling relief.

Ice can be used on the hemorrhoid as often as needed.


Aloe Vera


Aloe Vera is a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory properties that work well to soothe and heal hemorrhoids.

The aloe works to soothe and heal the hemorrhoid tissue, providing relief from swelling, irritation and pain.

The best aloe for hemorrhoids is directly from the leaf of the plant.  Just cut the leaf until the gel is exposed then extract the gel and apply directly to the hemorrhoid.

To use as an internal hemorrhoid treatment, you can peel the aloe leaf and put it in the freezer.  Once frozen use it as a suppository by inserting directly into the rectum.

It is best to use this technique at bed time.

In most cases once you learn how to treat hemorrhoids from home you can minimize or even prevent future breakouts.

Using one or more of the above hemorrhoid remedies alone or in combination should work to eliminate your hemorrhoids during an outbreak.

If your condition has not improved after a week of using any of these hemorrhoid treatments, you should call your doctor to discuss additional treatment options.

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