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Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

Millions of Americans have hemorrhoids, a condition that happens when the veins in your rectum and anus get inflamed and swollen. It’s uncomfortable, itchy, painful, and embarrassing — and you don’t have to just suffer through it.

Home remedies can be very effective for mild to moderate hemorrhoids. As a hemorrhoid specialist in Laguna Hills, California, Elvira Klause, MD, FACS, is ready to help. 

Here’s what you need to know about the most effective home remedies for hemorrhoids and how to decide when it’s time to go to the doctor for your hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoid home remedies to try

If you’ve noticed mild to moderate hemorrhoid symptoms, home remedies are a good place to start. Dr. Klause often recommends a few different natural and simple home remedies, like:

Sitz baths

Sitz baths are a soothing, effective home remedy for relieving painful hemorrhoids. Warm water helps reduce inflammation to reduce itching and discomfort.

To take a sitz bath, fill a shallow basin or bathtub with a few inches of warm water. You may like to add Epsom salts or a few drops of essential oils like lavender or chamomile for extra relief. Sit in the sitz bath for 10-15 minutes, up to three times a day.

Topical treatments

Over-the-counter topical creams and ointments for hemorrhoids can offer temporary relief from itching and pain. Look for treatments that have ingredients like witch hazel, aloe vera, or hydrocortisone.

Apply these creams directly to the affected area as directed on the packaging. Avoid using products with harsh chemicals or fragrances, because they can make your symptoms worse.

Ice packs

Applying a cold pack or ice wrapped in a clean cloth to the affected area can reduce hemorrhoid swelling and pain. Use the ice pack for no more than 15-20 minutes at a time, up to several times a day. Take breaks to prevent frostbite.

Proper hygiene

Maintaining proper hygiene is extra important when you have hemorrhoids. After each bowel movement, use gentle, unscented wipes or a damp cotton pad to clean the area. Avoid harsh soaps and dry toilet paper, which can be abrasive.

Dietary changes

Your diet affects your bowel movements, and making changes to your diet can help you manage hemorrhoids. Fiber helps soften stools and make bowel movements easier, reducing strain on your rectal area.

Add high-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes to your meals. Remember to drink plenty of water, because staying well-hydrated helps prevent constipation.

Regular exercise

Regular physical activity helps regulate digestion and prevent constipation, which can make a big difference if you’re suffering from hemorrhoids. Try gentle, low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, or yoga to improve blood circulation and reduce pressure on your rectal veins.

When to go to the doctor for hemorrhoids

Home remedies can provide much-needed relief from hemorrhoids. But if you’ve tried home remedies and you’re still dealing with hemorrhoid symptoms, make a doctor’s appointment.

Dr. Klause and our team recommend professional hemorrhoid treatment if you experience:

Worsening pain and persistent bleeding may be a sign of a more serious underlying condition that needs proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Klause specializes in hemorrhoid care, and we’re here to evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment strategies.

Hemorrhoid symptoms can be distressing. Thankfully, simple home remedies could offer the relief you need. For more personalized guidance and a hemorrhoid treatment plan, schedule a consultation with Dr. Klause. Call our office at 949-245-6910 or request an appointment online now.

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