Hemorrhoids can be painful. In fact, when you have a hemorrhoid flare-up, you may be in so much pain that you can't sit down, wear tight clothes or even use the restroom. You don't have to suffer through the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids. The three treatments discussed below will take care of your hemorrhoids, so you can get back to feeling like yourself again.
Witch Hazel Compresses
If your hemorrhoids haven't reached the stage of needing surgical intervention – no bleeding, severe pain or difficulty with bowel movements – you can relieve the discomfort with a generous amount of witch hazel. Witch hazel will reduce the pain and itching associated with hemorrhoids.
For this application, you'll need cotton balls or a clean washcloth. Saturate the cotton balls or washcloth with witch hazel and apply it directly to your hemorrhoids. Leave it in place for about 15 minutes. Repeat the process several times a day. After bowel movements, wipe carefully and then clean the area with a cotton balled soaked in witch hazel. This will keep the hemorrhoids clean and relieve the pain associated with strain.
Ice Them Up
Ice is another easy way to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms, Applying ice several times a day will reduce the swelling and relieve the pain. You can place several ice cubes in a small plastic bag and apply it to directly to the hemorrhoids. However, the square edges of the ice cubes can make that uncomfortable.
A more comfortable way to apply ice is with homemade ice packs. These packs do not freeze to a solid state, so you'll be able to place them directly on your hemorrhoids without worrying about sharp edges. Fill two small resealable plastic sandwich bags with equal parts water and rubbing alcohol. Place the bags inside the freezer for about two hours. Take one out and apply it directly to your hemorrhoids. Switch bags when that one warms up.
If your hemorrhoids have reached the dangerous level – meaning they're bleeding or have become unbearably painful – you may need to have medical intervention. Hemorrhoid banding is an easy way to remove hemorrhoids without surgery. The doctor places a small band around the hemorrhoids. The lack of blood supply to the area causes the hemorrhoids to dry up and fall off. Once they fall off, you'll be free from hemorrhoid pain and discomfort.
You don't have to live with the discomfort of hemorrhoids. The treatment options provided above will help relieve the painful swelling and itching associated with hemorrhoids.
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