Though there is nothing you can do at home to fully “cure” your piles (another word for hemorrhoids), there are plenty of ways you can treat the uncomfortable symptoms. From ointments you can get at any local drug store to a change in your eating habits, there are a variety of piles home treatments that will help keep your hemorrhoid discomfort to a minimum.
Piles symptoms can be treated using these non-prescription remedies:
- Over-the-counter suppositories. Recommended to be used for no longer than seven to ten days, suppositories relieve irritation during bowel movements and lubricate the area around the anus.
- Ointments that are made to protect the skin, including petroleum jelly and zinc oxide.
- Ointments containing 1% hydrocortisone. However, these should not be used for more than two weeks and you should always talk to a doctor before using a higher percentage.
- Non-prescription pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Though you may find plenty of piles home treatments at your local drug store, there are additional things you can do each day to both relieve hemorrhoid pain and prevent your piles symptoms from getting any worse.
- Increase the amount of fiber and fluid in your diet! Western diets do not typically provide us with enough fiber. Adding 15-20 grams of fiber per day, by taking one of many available products on the market, and making certain that you take in a minimum of 6 – 8 glasses of water per day are among the most important things that you can do to minimize your symptoms.
- Take a warm sitz bath. Soak in a warm bath that is filled with just enough water to cover the anal area. Soak for about 15 minutes after every bowel movement.
- Minimize your time on the commode! Spending more than 2 or 3 minutes on the commode tends to put you at a higher risk for developing hemorrhoids as well as to cause greater symptoms. Avoid straining and do not spend extended amounts of time on the commode, and you will help to minimize your symptoms.
- Wrap some ice in a towel and place it on the anus for about 10 minutes, then use a warm compress on the area for about 10 to 20 minutes. Do this several times throughout the day to feel results.
- Apply a cleansing agent on your toilet paper before wiping.
Though any variety of these tips can help relieve hemorrhoid symptoms, the best option is to avoid them altogether. Remember to commit to a healthy diet filled with plenty of high-fiber foods and lots of water. If you’re concerned about hemorrhoids, you should also consider cutting down on things like caffeine, alcohol, and foods that are particularly spicy.
If you are currently suffering from piles and are tired of treating the symptoms rather than the root cause, contact a CRH partner physician in your area today to learn about our revolutionary hemorrhoid treatment and get rid of piles pain for good.
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