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Apple cider vinegar is one of the most talked about natural treatments for hemorrhoids. Apparently, it has helped many hemorrhoid sufferers reduce the painful symptoms associated with hemorrhoids.
Using any of the four methods we’ve outlined below, apple cider vinegar can reduce pain and discomfort in just a few weeks. However, while natural hemorrhoid treatments can help reduce symptoms, the only way to permanently get rid of hemorrhoids is with a treatment such as the CRH O’Regan Hemorrhoid Banding System.
Whether you’re considering a temporary solution to hemorrhoid symptoms like the apple cider vinegar for hemorrhoids or a permanent hemorrhoid treatment like hemorrhoid banding, proper medical care is essential. Please consult a medical professional before self-diagnosing your condition. With that being said, we understand hemorrhoids can be uncomfortable and while you’re awaiting permanent treatment we’ve outlined how to relieve some of the common painful symptoms from hemorrhoids below naturally and at-home below.
Apple Cider Vinegar works to alleviate hemorrhoid symptoms because the natural agent in unpasteurized vinegar has been shown to shrink and reduce inflammation. This is how apple cider vinegar provides temporary pain relief from hemorrhoid symptoms like itchiness and pain.
For best results, apple cider vinegar is applied to the area affected by hemorrhoids two to three times a day. After a few weeks, some patients report a noticeable reduction in the size of their hemorrhoids (reduced swelling) and milder symptoms. Please note that (when applied directly to hemorrhoids) the acidity of the apple cider vinegar may cause a stinging sensation at first, but should subside after a few moments. Some patients report a stinging for a minute or two, followed by pain relief that can last a couple of hours. Here are some common ways to apply Apple Cider Vinegar to hemorrhoids for pain relief:
This is the most straight-forward way to use apple cider vinegar to treat your hemorrhoids. Putting the apple cider vinegar in direct contact with the hemorrhoids so it can reduce swelling will have the most direct effect.
Step 1: Soak a cotton ball or toilet paper in the apple cider vinegar.
Step 2: Apply directly to the area affected by hemorrhoids.
Step 3: Repeat the process 2-3 times a day.
Despite the unpleasant taste, in addition to (or instead of) externally applying the Apple Cider Vinegar, some patients find taking apple cider vinegar internally through a tonic provides some measure of pain relief for their hemorrhoids as well.
Step 1: Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into 1 cup of water.
Step 2: Drink the tonic once or twice a day.
A sitz bath is a soothing natural treatment for hemorrhoids by itself. However, mixing apple cider vinegar into a sitz bath combines two natural hemorrhoid treatments into one which may make it that much more effective.
Step 1: Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar into a sitz bath.
Step 2: Soak in the apple cider vinegar sitz bath for at least 10-20 minutes.
Step 3: Depending on how much pain you’re in, you can repeat this process a couple times a day as needed.
Apple cider vinegar ice cubes may just be the best way to achieve natural pain relief for hemorrhoids at home. The cooling sensation of the ice combined with the anti-inflammatory properties of the apple cider vinegar
Step 1: Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of water.
Step 2: Pour into a standard ice cube tray and freeze overnight.
Step 3: Use the apple cider vinegar ice cubes to ice the area three times a day.
As mentioned, Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural treatment for hemorrhoids that offers temporary results. Hemorrhoids can get infected and worsen if left unattended for too long, therefore, Apple Cider Vinegar should only be used to alleviate the discomfort while seeking out a more permanent solution to your hemorrhoids. Apple Cider Vinegar may offer temporary pain relief from hemorrhoids but you will likely need to learn more about permanent hemorrhoid treatments like the CRH O’Regan System in the long-run. If you’re hoping to completely eliminate your pain and discomfort, speak to a trained physician to accurately diagnose your condition and prescribe treatment. Find a medical doctor near you who’s an expert in hemorrhoid treatments using our helpful Hemorrhoid Physican Finder in the top right hand corner of our website.
“I have tried apple cider vinegar undiluted using a cotton ball. The pain of the sting was excrutiating but I thought I have to tolerate if I have to get any results…. but the result I got was that the ACV burnt my skin and caused it to get infected.”
“ACV doesn’t seem to be doing anything at all, other than making them more tender. I’ve been applying to one hem to see if there was any improvement. Nothing after four days at all. Perhaps mine have just been there for too long.”
“I agree. I take ACV orally and tried it topically for hemmorhoid type problem. It was the worst thing I could ever have done. Intense burning and swelling caused a normally 3 day issue into an extreme 1 week issue in which sitting was almost impossible. If anyone tries this, I would be very careful and wash the ACV off with any sign of uncomfortable burn.”
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