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How To Relieve Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are uncomfortable and embarrassing. Get some relief with these remedies.


  • TIP: Avoid soap, scented bath salts, and essential oils or you could worsen the inflammation.
  • Step 1: Over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams can provide temporary relief from the pain and may reduce swelling. These won't make hemorrhoids disappear, but they will help to relieve discomfort.
  • FACT: By age 50, about half of all adults have experienced the itching, discomfort and bleeding that signal hemorrhoids.
  • Step 2: Sit in a tub of warm water for 10 to 15 minutes to soften the skin around the inflamed area and reduce irritation.
  • Step 3: Use soft, unscented toilet paper. Scented paper can irritate hemorrhoids.
  • Step 4: Eat more fiber. Adding whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables to your daily diet will aid the elimination process, making your bathroom trips less painful.
  • Step 5: A cold compress or ice pack can reduce swelling and relieve itchiness. Apply to the area a few times per day to control inflammation.
  • : If hemorrhoids cause pain, bleed frequently, or don't improve with home remedies, see a doctor.

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