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Normally used as a cough suppressant, Vicks Vapor Rub has been reported to temporarily relieve symptoms caused by hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoid pain and itchiness can be minimized by applying a generous dab of Vicks directly to the problem area. For many patients, this easy-to-find, at-home treatment makes it possible for them to get through the day with reduced pain and itchiness.
Vicks can sometimes be recommended for hemorrhoids because it can reduce swelling and subsequent hemorrhoid pain for several hours. Once applied, the Vicks may cause a momentary stinging sensation followed by a cooling of the area and pain relief that can last several hours.
Vicks, like most other at-home hemorrhoid treatments, is a temporary solution to treat your hemorrhoid symptoms. The only way to get rid of hemorrhoid symptoms completely is to have them treated by a physician. Luckily, there are procedures like the CRH O’Regan System that provide more permanent relief. Talk to your doctor about various home remedies, as well as physician-administered banding procedures, such as the CRH O’Regan System.
Vicks Vapor Rub cannot cure hemorrhoids, but may only provide temporary relief.