Simple Treatments and Cures for Bleeding Hemorrhoids
Most cases of hemorrhoids are quite painful. That’s why it is important to treat them as soon as the first symptom occurs. The symptoms of a hemorrhoid are easy to identify. If you notice blood during or after defecation, this is often the first sign. Itching and irritation around the anus is another common symptom. Hemorrhoids can be internal or external, but there are very practical remedies for both types. In this article we will discuss 5 at home hemorrhoid remedies that have worked for most people.
- Hemorrhoid Cream: also known as topical ointments. You can purchase these from most drug stores or even your local grocery store. The hemorrhoid cream’s active ingredient is hydrocortisone. There are also hemorrhoid suppositories. I recommends trying both for maximum benefit. These can both be purchased over the counter without a doctor’s prescription. There are also hemorrhoid pads that have a numbing effect but should be purchased in addition to the suppositories or creams. Click here for our recommended hemorrhoid cream.
- Witch Hazel: Take a cotton ball and dip it into some witch hazel water, then apply to the affected area. If you are not experiencing relief withing a couple days, try using the suppositories.
- Oral pain relievers: Oral pain relievers such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen will offer temporary relief for pain but remember, they do not assist with hemorrhoid healing. In fact, Aspirin and Ibuprofen will thin your blood and may cause excess hemorrhoid bleeding. Try sticking with Acetaminophen (Tylenol) if you need fast relief.
- Cold Compress: Applying a cold compress or ice pack to the affected area will assist in decreasing the swelling of your hemorrhoid. This may also help with the pain.
- Sitz baths: Try a sitz bath with warm water. Sit in the bath for about 10-15 minutes a day. Do this 2-3 times a day if you can. You may also add baking soda for added relief. You can find our recommended sitz bath here.
- Also check out my review of Hemorrhoid Free for Life here. It’s been a huge help for many people.
Note: If your symptoms do not improve withing 7 days, you should consider consulting a doctor. They may be able to prescribe something stronger that is not available over the counter. Also, in extreme cases, you should seek a physician if persistent bleeding occurs.
To avoid hemorrhoids in the future, the best approach is to modify your diet. Hemorrhoid Free for Life is a great guide with info about this. Check out my review of it here. Eating high-fiber food and drinking six to eight glasses of water per day will soften your stool, making it easier to pass bowel.