Home treatment of hemorrhoids

Once you have hemorrhoids you should focus on keeping them from getting worse. The following tips can help you relieve hemorrhoid symptoms and keep them from getting worse.

Don't irritate the hemorrhoids
• Don't use soaps that contain perfume or dyes. Harsh soaps can cause itching and irritation.
• Don't wipe the hemorrhoids. You should gently blot the area with wet toilet paper or a clean soft cloth. Baby wipes can also be used in place of toilet paper.
• Rinse the area with warm water by taking a bath, shower or a sitzbath. After you clean the area gently pat the area dry with a soft cloth or towel.
• You can apply ice wrapped in a towel to the area to relive swelling of the hemorrhoids. 10 minutes at a time should be enough to reduce symptoms. Repeat this a couple of times a day.
• Taking non-prescription pain relievers can reduce pain and inflamation. Don't take any medications that you have an allergy to. Check with a doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication.
• Wear loose clothing that allows free movement. This will reduce pressure on the hemorrhoids. Try wearing cotton underwear as cotton helps prevent the buildup of moisture.
• Avoid prolonged periods of standing or sitting. Try walking around frequently. When sitting you can use a pillow or cushion to make yourself more comfortable.