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.