Feel less pain and shrink your hemorrhoids with these easy home treatments for hemorrhoids. Most home treatments for hemorrhoids are based on simple changes to your diet and stool cleaning habits. These home treatments are only effective when the hemorrhoids are not too large nor too painful.
Home treatments to relieve pain from hemorrhoids
Always relieve the pain with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Don’t use common Aspirin nor Ibuprofen as they can cause hemorrhoids to bleed more. Other more healthy home treatments to relieve the pain from hemorrhoids are:
- apply several times a day moist heat like warm, damp towels
- apply several times a day some ice for 10 minutes at a time. Then place a warm compress on the anal area for another 10 to 20 minutes.
- every time after having stools -or several times a day when you are constipated-, do take a sitz bath: fill your tub with just enough warm (not hot, you don’t want to burn yourself!) water to cover the anal area and soak in it for about 15 minutes at a time.
Add more warm water when needed.
A hemorrhoids diet is basically a balanced diet that is high in fiber to help soften and regulate your bowel movements. This will prevent constipation and reduce your risk of developing hemorrhoids in the future.
The original human paleo diet – the plants and fruit that our ancestors were eating – where 10 to 100 time richer in fiber than the fruits and vegetables we are eating today. Add to that the fact that a standard western diet isn’t rich in fruits nor vegetables, and you understand why constipation is so common these days.
Make sure to eat more fruits and more vegetables, more soups with vegetables and mushrooms, green smoothies and add a salad to every meal.
Don’t irritate hemorrhoids in any way
Harsh toilet paper are hemorrhoids worst enemies:
- only use soaps that contain no perfumes nor dyes
- a bidet is king! avoid rubbing the anal area, rinse off in the shower or on a bidet instead of wiping yourself with toilet paper. After rinsing your back, gently pat the anal area dry with a soft, absorbent towel or cloth
- if you do feel that only wiping is hygienic, then blot the anus gently with white toilet paper moistened with water or with a cleansing agent. Especially recommended are baby wipes or other premoistened towels.
Hemorrhoids Do’s and Don’t’s at home
- Do not use a ring cushion because it restricts blood flow and will may make your hemorrhoid symptoms even worse.
- Do not sit or stand for a long time when your hemorrhoids are irritated and avoid lifting heavy objects. If you must sit for a long time then do not sit on a hard chair nor bench.
- Do wear cotton underwear to prevent moisture buildup, which could irritate hemorrhoids.
- Do wear loose clothing to allow freedom of movement and to reduce pressure on the hemorrhoids.
- Do sleep on your stomach (unless you are pregnant) with a pillow under your hips to decrease the swelling of hemorrhoids. Pregnant women can find relieve lying on their side.
- Do take a day or more of bed rest to take away the pressure of inflamed and irritated veins.