Tried and Tested Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids that WORK!

Find out how to treat hemorrhoids naturally | getting rid of hemorrhoids at homeHemorrhoids are a difficult condition to deal with. At times the pain can be almost unbearable. I know how you feeling. I really do. The good news is, it is actually fairly easy to numb the pain from the Hemorrhoids, at least for a short while. Most people will never even need to entertain the idea of surgery. On this page I want to take a little look at a few of the more popular home remedies for hemorrhoids.

If you try a few of these out then I am sure that you will find that the pain from the condition dulls itself pretty quickly. These are also good to have in your arsenal as many of the tips that I share with you here could actually keep hemorrhoids at bay.

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1. Keeping the Anal Area Clean

I am sure that this is something which should be done without saying. It is important that you keep the anal area clean if you are dealing with hemorrhoids. After you have gone to the toilet I suggest that you wash the anal area out with some water. Do not use any soap here. It is only going to make the problem worse…a lot worse in some cases. Just a bit of warm water until the area is clean and you are done. In an ideal world you would wait for the area to dry out naturally. However, if you have to dry it yourself, use a soft towel. It will cause a great deal less pain.

2. Soak regularly in a warm bath or Sitz bath

sitz warm bath hemorrhoids treatment | All natural home remedies for hemorrhoidsIf you have a bath in your home then you are in luck. You could take advantage of one of the simplest and perhaps most effective of the home remedies for hemorrhoids. This is to take a warm bath every so often.

You do not need to add anything to the water (although people do like a good bubble bath now and then obviously). You just need to sit in a warm bath and you should find that the pain disappears quite quickly. Don’t have a bath? Well, you could look into the idea of a ‘Sitz bath’. This can be done in a regular bath or you can purchase special tubs for this purpose. This method involves sitting in water up to your hips. It is a technique which has been specifically designed for those with lower body pain such as hemorrhoids. Most people like to use warm water in the Sitz bath first followed by cold water afterwards. You can do whatever you feel comfortable with though.

3. Do not use dry toilet paper

I am sure that you have seen plenty of adverts that suggest that the toilet paper that you are using is the softest around. Well, it sure may be soft, but it is not quite soft enough for those that have to deal with hemorrhoids. In fact, even the softest paper can be quite abrasive against the hemorrhoids. This is why they bleed when you wipe. You are quite literally agitating them enough to the point where they tear slightly. Now, you obviously still need to use toilet paper (unless you use the method that I mentioned previously). Thankfully, you can. All you need to do is moisten up the paper a little before you wipe. This should soften it up enough to not cause too many issues (you may notice a bit of bleeding still but it won’t be too bad, I promise you!). Now, because I say to use wet paper many people believe that they could get away with using ‘baby wipes’ or something similar. You really can’t do that. You should not even try. This is not one of the good home remedies for hemroids. In fact, the chemicals in these towels can cause the problem to become a whole lot worse. They need to be avoided.

4. Sweet Potatoes, Prunes and Other Dietary Needs

Importance of fiber intake | All natural home remedies for hemorrhoidsWhen you have hemorrhoids it is important that your excrement is as ‘free-flowing’ as it possibly can be. This is because you absolutely must reduce the amount of strain that is being placed on your hemorrhoids. This means that you are going to need to get more fiber into your diet. Perhaps the best way is to eat prunes (or even drink prune juice, no matter how disgusting you may find it!).

You will also want to get a bit of sweet potato in there which is not only delicious but is high in fiber and can be incorporated into pretty much every meal. Other fruits and vegetables will also serve you well. You are going to need to steer clear of processed foods, spicy foods, coffee, alcohol and tea. All of these are going to contribute towards making your hemorrhoids a whole lot worse.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is perhaps one of the most common of natural home remedies for hemorrhoids. You should be able to pick up some Aloe Vera from your local health food store. To use Aloe Vera on your hemorrhoids you just need to get a small drop and gently massage it into the problem area. If you feel your fingers getting a little bit ‘dry’ then you can use some more. Most people end up using about a teaspoon. As you start to rub the Aloe Vera into the hemorrhoids you will find that you will get a substantial amount of relief pretty quickly. This means that the pain is going to disappear and you are going to hopefully feel less irritation which means that you won’t have to scratch the area making it feel much worse. You can apply Aloe Vera again once the effect has worn off. It normally lasts a good few hours before you need to do this.

6. Vinegar

treating hemroids with apple cider | getting rid of piles naturallyVinegar works in much the same way as Aloe Vera when it comes to home remedies for hemorrhoids. You should be using Apple Cider Vinegar here. Some people use ‘normal’ vinegar that you would normally keep in your store cupboard but I don’t really suggest it. This is because in some people it can actually make the irritation from the hemorrhoids much worse. This is obviously not something that you are going to want to be dealing with. To use the vinegar all you need to do is dab it lightly on the hemorrhoids. This should quell the pain pretty much instantly. It will also eliminate that ‘itchy’ feeling. You may even find that the inflammation goes down ever so slightly. Just like Aloe Vera the relief will last for a good few hours. You will then be able to replace the vinegar again once the effect has worn off. There are some people out there who like to alternate between Aloe Vera and Vinegar.

7. Cold Treatments for Hemorrhoids

Perhaps one of the best ways to treat inflammation, including cases of hemorrhoids, is through the application of cold to the area. This is because the cold temperature has the ability to reduce the swelling considerably due to the way in which the blood flow and pain receptors are blocked. Now, the reduction in the swelling is not going to cure your hemorrhoids completely. They will swell back up again eventually which means you are going to need to look into other methods. However, you are going to love cold treatment. It has the ability to reduce the inflammation to the point where the pain will pretty much disappear and you will have absolutely no inclination to scratch around the area. There are a couple of ways in which you can apply cold to the affected around. You could of course go down the ice pack route. I am going to be honest with you here though. That is going to be a touch uncomfortable not only for you but for the people who are going to be sitting in the room whilst you have an ice pack ‘up there’. This is why you should purchase a special ‘cold applicator’ which has been designed expressly for hemorrhoids. You should be able to pick them up from most pharmacies. The idea with these is that they will allow you to apply cold to the area without causing you too much discomfort.

8. Do not stand up or sit down for too long

If you sit down for prolonged periods of time or even stand up for prolonged periods of time then you are going to be putting extreme amounts of pressure on the lower regions of your body. This is going to make your hemorrhoid problem a whole lot worse. I know that it is difficult when you are suffering from hemorrhoids, the pain is of course unbearable. However, it may be in your best interests to get out there and be a bit active from time to time. You do not want to constantly sit down. This is not helping. If you work in an office then have a walk every so often. Try to relieve a bit of pressure. Do not go out and about for more than a few hours. This again is going to make things worse. If you are ‘rushed off your feet’ then take the time to sit down every so often…even if it is just for ten minutes. You should also ensure that you do not spend too much time seated on the toilet when you are passing. This is one of the main contributors towards severe hemorrhoid issues.

9. Oral Pain Relievers

medical way to reduce the hemorrhoidal pain | pain relieversThere will be times where the pain from hemorrhoids is nigh on unbearable. Thankfully, there are a few home remedies for hemroids that you can take advantage of here. This is the use of over the counter medication.

You will want to look into medication which helps to reduce inflammation. Ibuprofen is a good one here and you should be able to pick that up from almost every pharmacist and supermarket.  If ibuprofen is not an option (which it is not for those that have suffered from stomach ulcers in the past) then you could look into other medications which are not classed as NSAID. Your pharmacist can help you out here. Remember, no matter how bad the pain is, you should always follow the instructions on the medication packet to the letter. You do not want to overdose on this medication as that is obviously going to give you more problems than just the hemorrhoids.

10. Topical Treatments for Hemorrhoids

Whilst you are at the pharmacist picking up your oral pain relievers you may also want to ask them about their range of topical treatments for hemorrhoids. I am not going to go into too much depth on this topic because your pharmacist will be able to provide you with much better advice than I can. There are a number of treatments out there. Some will help to reduce pain (products which contain menthol or similar ingredients), others will work as an antiseptic to stop bacteria infecting the hemorrhoids (Boric Acid is one that springs to mind here, although there are others) and some may act as a barrier for the hemorrhoids which will stop them getting worse. Most products on the market will combine ingredients to give a cream which is ‘well-rounded’ in terms of its effectiveness.

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This is of course just a very basic introduction to home remedies for hemorrhoids. However, there is more than enough information here to help relieve the pain considerably. It is worth noting that there is no one ‘good’ treatment here. What may work for one person may not necessarily work for somebody else. I therefore suggest that you take the time to go through as many of these as possible. Eventually you will find one that works perfectly for you. Remember, most hemorrhoid issues can be solved within the comfort of your own home. However, if the pain keeps returning or if you notice significant bleeding then I really do suggest that you get in touch with your doctor. They will be able to assist you with a more ‘long-term’ solution.