About half of all adults over the age of 50 regularly tolerate hemorrhoids. While hemorrhoids are not a dangerous or life-threatening, they can cause serious pain and discomfort. There are many types of hemorrhoid treatment that can prove helpful in easing the pain.
Many hemorrhoids home treatment methods are quite effective. Serious cases may require a visit your family doctor if problems persists despite a solid effort of treatment for hemorrhoids. Most insurance health plans cover surgical treatment, if needed. The following suggestions can relieve your symptoms or keep hemorrhoids from getting worse;
• Minimize straining. Adding fiber to your diet can control your constipation. Increase fiber in the diet by adding bran and fresh fruits and vegetables. Hydrating the body will also add bulk and softness to stools. If constipation continues, try an over-the-counter stool softener.
• Relieve swelling by applying a cold pack to the area. Apply several times a day for 10 minutes at a time, making sure to cover the cold pack with a soft cloth.
• An over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen (Tylenol) helps relieve pain while non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Motrin) help relieve pain and swelling.
• Taking a sitz bath is a soothing and effective hemorrhoid treatment. To take a sitz bath, fill the bathtub with enough warm water to cover your bottom. Soak for about 15 minutes, several times a day. You can add essential oils, witch hazel or Epsom salts to these baths for further relief.
• Avoid rubbing the area. Gently blot with moistened white toilet paper after bowel movements. Baby wipes or other pre-moistened towels can also be used.
If your hemorrhoid treatment does not provide relief, you may need a day of bed rest to take pressure off inflamed hemorrhoids. Additional hemorrhoids home treatment tips include;
• Sleeping on your stomach with a pillow under your hips will help decrease swelling of hemorrhoids.
• When hemorrhoids are irritated avoid sitting or standing for a long periods of time.
• Avoid lifting heavy objects. This can cause strain on hemorrhoids.
• Wear loose clothing to allow freedom of movement and wear cotton underwear to prevent moisture buildup.
Itching, rectal pain and bleeding during bowel movements are the most common hemorrhoid symptoms. Rectal pain occurs mainly with thrombosed external hemorrhoid while the most common symptom of internal hemorrhoids is rectal bleeding. Discomfort is another common symptom.
It is important to keep in mind that rectal bleeding and pain are also symptoms of colon or rectal cancer. People who have these symptoms should talk to their health professional – especially if over the age of 50 or if there is a family history of colon cancer.