At Home Treatments and Medications

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.