Hemorrhoids are a big pain in the butt. Literally! Many pregnant women suffer from hemorrhoids as a side effect, but certainly, other people develop them as well. Hemorrhoids can be very embarrassing to discuss with your doctor or loved ones. They are painful and uncomfortable. On a positive note, there are many ways to prevent and relieve Hemorrhoids from home without seeing a doctor.
Very simple changes in your lifestyle can prevent hemorrhoids. Healthy living can do wonders. Here are a few specific things you can do to prevent hemorrhoids now:
- Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Also, try increasing your fiber intake. These will both assist your regularity.
- Try switching to cotton underwear. Cotton allows adequate airflow to the anus.
- Try to avoid sitting for extended periods of time and avoid lifting anything heavy that would cause straining.
- If you have to go then go! Try to empty your bowels as soon as you get the urge.
- If you want to learn more lifestyle changes to help your Hemorrhoids, check out my review of Hemorrhoid Free for Life Here. It’s a huge help.
If you are inflicted with the pain of hemorrhoids , try to start a medication regimen as soon as possible to stop the hemorrhoid from developing. There are many over the counter hemorrhoid medications you can use at home. Look for anything that contains hydrocortizone. Alternatively, you may also want to look for medications that contain witch hazel. These medications usually come in the form of ointment or creams. There are also suppositories and pads. You may also want to take a dose of pain reliever to help with the pain. Anything that contains acetaminophen (Tylenol) will do the trick. Avoid any ibuprofen or aspirin as these tend to thin the blood thus making the bleeding worse.
If you want to avoid medication, there are many other ways to treat hemorrhoids at home. Try the following:
- Soaking in a sitz bath a few times a day for 10 to 15 min in lukewarm. Avoid letting the water get too hot.
- Apply a heat compress and alternate with a cold compress several times a day.
- Try to keep the anus clean but do not use soap. You can use a hair dryer to dry the anus after you clean it.
- Sometimes sleeping on your stomach with a pillow under your hips will help decrease the swelling. However you are someone who cannot fall asleep on your stomach, this may not work for you.
- There are many other home treatments you can try. Take a look at my review of Hemorrhoid Free for Life here to learn more of them.
Hemorrhoids can deinitley cause some unwanted pain, so try to experiment with these home treatment methods and see what works best for you. Good luck!