Although internal and external hemorrhoids are a very common affliction of adults of all ages, broaching the subject with another person can be a bit awkward and embarrassing. For many, even the idea of speaking with a physician is too uncomfortable. Arm yourself with the knowledge in these tips for dealing with hemorrhoids.
An all natural astringent like witch hazel costs only two or three dollars and is available at nearly every pharmacy and grocery store. Soak a cotton ball in the witch hazel, then apply it directly to the surface and surrounding area of your external hemorrhoid. Witch hazel causes the blood vessels to temporarily shrink, which reduces the size and discomfort of the hemorrhoid.
Alternating applications of cold followed by heat is an easy way to treat the discomfort of hemorrhoids. Alternating ice and heat will shrink the hemorrhoid and help it to heal. For best results, the ice must be put on the hemorrhoid-affected area for a minimum of ten minutes every day, followed by damp, warm heat for at least twenty minutes.
If you have an aloe vera plant, you can break off a piece and use the gel as a soothing salve or compress that can be applied to painful and swollen external hemorrhoids. Break the stem, then gently squeeze it repeatedly to extract the maximal amount of gel. The gel can then be applied directly to the hemorrhoid.
You may be surprised to learn that you have several hemorrhoid-soothing remedies in your own kitchen. You can make something simple like an ice pack that can give you relief. The ice pack can help with decreasing soreness from your hemorrhoids. When you put ice packs on your hemorrhoids, it will reduce the swelling.
If you find yourself suffering from this horrible affliction the first thing, you need to do is take it calm. While it may hurt quite a bit, and it is in an unpleasant location it is nothing dangerous or life threatening. Additionally, it will almost certainly take care of itself.
If you have not discussed things with a medical professional already than you shouldn’t be using any type of over the counter medication for more than one week. This includes the standard creams that you find, but also any kind of suppositories. After this period of time, it is better to discuss things with your doctor.
If you are suffering from hemorrhoids then you may want to consider purchasing some witch hazel. You can apply the witch hazel to them topically. Witch hazel has been shown to effectively reduce the size if hemorrhoids which in consequence lessens the itching and pain that you will suffer because of them.
To prevent the development of hemorrhoids, avoid becoming constipated. Constipation can lead to straining during bowel movements, which is one of the primary causes of hemorrhoids. Eating plenty of fiber, drinking plenty of water and taking a stool softener as needed can all prevent constipation, as can daily exercise.
Do not allow yourself to be confined to your home or miss out on life because you are suffering with the itching, burning, and embarrassment of hemorrhoids. Call upon the information that you have just read whenever you need insight into the best course of action for dealing with hemorrhoids.