Hemorrhoids are a common plague for most adults, affecting three out of four of them, according to Mayo Clinic. Simply put, they're like a varicose vein in the rectal area, and can occur both externally and internally. They usually don't cause discomfort, even though they may bleed, but they can also become painful. Some hemorrhoids are uncomfortable and itch.
Fortunately, several options are available for treating your hemorrhoids at home. Be sure to get a proper diagnosis from your doctor before doing anything, but if the verdict is a hemorrhoid, check out these six simple ways to bring relief.
1. Warm bath
A treatment doctors favor for hemorrhoids is to soak in a warm bath for 15 minutes. WebMD mentions that you can purchase a sitz bath that fits on the toilet for a convenient way to soak your hemorrhoids.
2. Witch hazel
Medical News Today recommends applying witch hazel directly to the hemorrhoids with a cotton ball. Witch hazel is an astringent that helps tighten the skin. If you find the hemorrhoids get irritated, you can dilute the witch hazel, or try a different method.
3. Aloe vera
Cleveland Health Clinic says that although no studies have been done with aloe vera, it is known to help with other skin inflammations and may provide soothing relief for hemorrhoids. Use pure aloe, and apply it directly to the hemorrhoids.
Another time-honored tradition that works, according to WebMD, is applying ice. Wrap the ice in a towel, and apply it to the inflammation for 15 minutes. The ice should reduce the swelling and help numb the pain.
5. Epsom-glycerin compound
Cleveland Health Clinic recommends the following compound: Mix 2 tablespoons Epsom salt with 2 tablespoons of glycerin. Apply this directly to the hemorrhoid on a gauze pad, and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat the application every 4-6 hours as needed.
6. Wet toilet paper
Mayo Clinic says to avoid using dry or perfumed toilet paper to wipe, as that will make the problem worse. Using moist towelettes or wet toilet paper is best.
Knowing how to treat your hemorrhoids means you don't have to just suffer through. The next time yours act up, try one of these remedies for relief.