The pain, swelling and inflammation of hemorrhoids may be relieved through several self-treatment approaches:
Patients can relieve the itching and burning of hemorrhoids by sitting in a lukewarm bath. Alternating moist heat with ice several times a day may provide further relief. Limiting extended periods of time standing and using over the counter creams and medicines as recommended by your doctor may also work.
- Use scent and dye-free toilet paper.
- Try wet toilet paper or moist towelettes instead of dry toilet paper.
- Keep the area clean. Bathe or shower daily to cleanse the skin around the anus gently with warm water.
- Soak regularly in a warm bath. Sitz baths (sitting in three to four inches of warm water a few times a day) may ease discomfort.
- Avoid scratching the irritated area.
- Wear cotton undergarments.
- Try cold compresses or ice packs to relieve swelling.
- Take oral over-the-counter pain relievers to relieve discomfort.
- Use topical creams: the best over-the-counter treatments protect the skin. Try using zinc oxide or petroleum jelly, as well as ointments containing one percent hydrocortisone, which can relieve inflammation and itching.