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At-Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids While You Wait For Treatment

Anyone can get hemorrhoids — those swollen veins near your anus that cause pain, itching, and bleeding with bowel movements. They’re incredibly common, and if you’re dealing with severe or persistent hemorrhoids, professional treatment is the most effective long-term solution.

Professional hemorrhoid treatment ranges from medicated creams to minimally invasive procedures like rubber band ligation or sclerotherapy. These treatments target the root cause of your hemorrhoids to give you lasting relief. 

But what should you do about the discomfort while you’re waiting for your appointment? Elvira Klause, MD, FACS, and our team specialize in hemorrhoid treatment, and we’re here to help you find relief.

We recommend a number of at-home remedies you can try to alleviate the symptoms and make your wait more bearable.

Effective at-home treatments for hemorrhoids

If you think you have hemorrhoids, you need a doctor’s diagnosis to rule out more serious conditions. Professional hemorrhoid treatment can be a great option for persistent or severe symptoms, but you may need to wait for your appointment.

In the meantime, here are a few simple, yet effective, home remedies you can try to manage the discomfort.

Topical treatments

Over-the-counter creams, ointments, or suppositories containing ingredients like hydrocortisone, witch hazel, or aloe vera can soothe irritation and inflammation. Follow the instructions on the label and avoid prolonged use.

Warm sitz baths

Soaking in a warm bath for about 15-20 minutes several times a day can reduce itching, pain, and swelling. Adding Epsom salts or witch hazel to the water provides extra relief.

Cold compresses

Applying a cold compress for a few minutes at a time can numb pain and reduce swelling. Wrap the compress in a clean cloth to avoid direct contact with your skin.

Dietary adjustments

Increasing your fiber intake can soften your stool and make bowel movements easier by reducing strain on the hemorrhoidal veins. Add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes to your diet to boost fiber intake, and remember to drink plenty of water.

Stool softeners

If increasing your fiber intake alone doesn’t alleviate constipation, we may recommend over-the-counter stool softeners or laxatives to make bowel movements more comfortable. Always use stool softeners sparingly and under medical supervision to avoid dependency.

Proper toilet habits

Avoid straining or holding your breath during bowel movements, because this can increase pressure on the hemorrhoidal veins. Never ignore the urge to use the toilet, and establish a regular bathroom routine. Take your time, but avoid spending excessive amounts of time sitting on the toilet.

Good hygiene practices

Gently clean your anal area with warm water and mild soap after bowel movements to prevent irritation and infection. Avoid using harsh or scented hygiene products, because they can exacerbate symptoms.

These home remedies can provide temporary relief, making them a good option when you’re waiting for professional hemorrhoid treatment. Do you want to learn more about how to alleviate the discomfort and find out which hemorrhoid treatment is best for you?

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Klause and our team in Laguna Hills, California. Call us at 949-245-6910 or request an appointment online now.

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