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Treatment for hemorrhoids at home

Treatment for hemorrhoids at home

Self-Care at Home

Home treatment, which mainly involves establishing healthy bowel habits, may keep your hemorrhoids from getting worse.

Warm Sitz Baths

  • Sitting in a few inches of warm water at home three times a day for 15-20 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.

Stool Softeners

  • Stool softeners may help but once hemorrhoids are present, liquid stools may cause inflammation and infection of the anus. Your health care practitioner and 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.

Over-the-Counter Medications

  • Many creams, ointments, and suppositories are available for symptom relief and may be used for treatment at home. However, they do not “cure” hemorrhoids. Often they contain a numbing medication or a corticosteroid to decrease inflammation and swelling.