Relieving the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are an embarrassing problem but extremely common, with more than half of adults having had them at some point by the age of 50. The pain, swelling and inflammation from hemorrhoids can be reduced using several techniques.
Topical over the counter treatments can alleviate symptoms such as pain and swelling. They can come in the form of creams, pads or suppositories. However, they should not be used for longer than a week unless a doctor approves it.
Making sure to keep the anal area clean can also help. A warm sitz bath several times a day may provide relief. Sitz tubs are available at pharmacies.
Swelling can be relieved using ice packs and cold compresses. Pain can be relieved using nonprescription pain relievers.
Lastly, softening and bulking up stool can help. This means making sure you get enough water or nonalcoholic beverages (6 to 8 glasses per day), eating plenty of fiber and taking fiber supplements. Also, avoid straining or holding your breath when passing stools, and don't hold it in.
If these measure aren't enough for you, then it may be time to talk to a doctor about surgery.