While they can’t get rid of the underlying problem completely, hemorrhoid home remedies can be used as a way to temporarily relieve irritating hemorrhoid symptoms while you wait to see a doctor. From slight itchiness to incessant burning, certain hemorrhoid home remedies will help mitigate symptoms – both mild and severe. However, it’s important to remember that hemorrhoids rarely go away on their own and can only be eliminated with a doctor-administered treatment, such as the CRH O’Regan Hemorrhoid Banding System.
Some common short-term hemorrhoid home remedies include:
Hemorrhoid Creams. Topical creams, such as those made by Preparation H and Tucks, can be used to reduce inflammation and numb the area, thus reducing itchiness, pain, and general soreness. Many stores also carry pre-moistened towelettes with similar medicinal properties. However, some medicated wipes can also cause more irritation to the area and may not be right for you.
Sitz Bath. A warm, shallow bath that can provide temporary relief of hemorrhoid symptoms. Fill up the bathtub with enough water to cover your anal area. You can also find sitz baths that fit over the toilet seat – available at most drug stores. Soak for about 15 minutes after every bowel movement.
Apple Cider Vinegar. Applying unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to the inflamed area is thought to be a natural way to reduce hemorrhoid symptoms. Simply dip a cotton ball into the vinegar and apply it to the area for two to three minutes.
Vicks Vapor Rub. Some people report immediate (though temporary) symptom relief after applying a small amount of Vicks to the affected area
Cold and Hot Compresses. More severe hemorrhoid symptoms may require you to apply ice to the anal area for about 10 minutes, several times a day followed by a warm compress for an additional 10 minutes.
Epsom Salts. The addition of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to a sitz bath is a great way to provide temporary relief from hemorrhoids. Epsom Salts can also be used as a compress applied directly to the inflamed area.
Witch Hazel. Witch hazel is often promoted as an effective topical treatment for hemorrhoids by natural health advocates. In fact, it is only effective for relieving some of the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids and not effective in treating the hemorrhoid itself.
Psyllium Husk Treatment. The natural health movement recommends psyllium husk as an effective treatment for hemorrhoids. While psyllium can be incorporated into a regular diet to help prevent hemorrhoids, it won’t do much to treat them once they have developed.
Aloe Vera. One of the most popular of these natural hemorrhoid treatments is Aloe Vera which has long been known for its soothing topical application. Aloe Vera is a popular option for skin irritations and burns in addition to hemorrhoids.
For more information regarding home remedies, talk to a physician in your area. To get rid of your hemorrhoids once and for all, ask about the pain-free CRH O’Regan banding procedure and get on the path toward the hemorrhoid-free life you deserve.