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How To Get Rid Of Hemorrhoids - Simple Home Remedies To Relive Your Hemorrhoid Pain

Updated on June 13, 2011

Hemorrhoid Facts

Hemorrhoids are a common condition that affects over 40% of the population at some point in life. People of any age can get hemorrhoids, but they are most common in people over 40. The reason for this is simply age. As we get older our muscles, including those in the rectum become weaker and more susceptible to damage.

Hemorrhoids can occur internally or externally. The most common sign of external hemorrhoids is swelling, itching and irritation in the rectal area.

Internal hemorrhoids may not be as easy to recognize. You can have internal hemorrhoids for years and not even know they are there. Most people discover they have them when they notice bright red blood on the tissue or in the toilet after using the bathroom.

If you are one of the millions who experience painful hemorrhoid flare-ups, all you want to know is how to get rid of hemorrhoids now and prevent future outbreaks.

With that said, let’s cover five hemorrhoid treatments which provide immediate pain relief, they include the following:

Hemorrhoid Treatment

Ice Pack - Applying ice directly to your hemorrhoid will bring immediate soothing relief. The ice will also be instrumental in reducing the swelling. Apply ice in fifteen minute increments if possible. If you are unable to do that, ice the area as many times as you can throughout the day.

Witch Hazel - Soak a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply directly to the hemorrhoid area. Leave on for approximately 5 minutes. The witch hazel will provide fast relief from the itching and irritation you may be experiencing.

Sitz Baths - For many years, warm sitz baths have been one of the most highly recommended treatments in the fight against hemorrhoids. Even though, warm baths will not cure your hemorrhoid condition, they are great for providing relief when in the midst of a flare-up. The warm water soothes the area, significantly decreases itching, irritation and pain and also works to reduce the amount of swelling in the area.

Over The Counter Hemorrhoid Creams and Ointments - If you are in the middle of a hemorrhoid episode, these products work great to relieve the pain and help get the swelling under control. However, hemorrhoid creams are not meant to cure hemorrhoids and should not be used as a long term solution.

Vicks Vapor Rub - This treatment is a little unusual but works very well at relieving pain and reducing hemorrhoid swelling. Just apply a generous amount of vicks vapor rub to the hemorrhoid. Initially you will feel a slight burning sensation that will pretty quickly subside and replaced with a cool feeling which will begin to bring relief from the pain and irritation. If used for a couple of days, you will notice a significant reduction in the size of your hemorrhoid.

Also, if you are utilizing warm sitz baths, you can add some of the vapor rub directly into the warm water for more effect.

Although these methods will not work to get rid of hemorrhoids completely, utilizing one or a combination of these remedies while in the middle of a flare-up will give you some well needed relief from the pain.

To completely get rid of hemorrhoids, you should embrace a healthier lifestyle which includes eating a diet rich in fiber and getting plenty of exercise because curing hemorrhoids begins with healing your body from the inside out.

If a week passes and your hemorrhoid condition has not improved, contact your doctor for other hemorrhoid treatment options. He or she will be able to assess your individual condition and provide you with treatments for your particular needs.

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      2 years ago

      Hi.... M also suffering since 1 year. It started after my baby birth. Now a days i have suffered again this problm. I m experiencing different home remedies.and m using alot of fiber in my diet. I feel some when ever i give up all these things.i feel this problm again. I have pain, iching and lumps. I m not seeing the permanent solution. I have already used different suppositries and in vain.plz suggest me wht should i do?

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      2 years ago

      Do they go away or do they stay?

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      2 years ago

      Using ice-packs is actually contra-indicated. Witch hazel gel and liquid does work but it will severely sting you, but the stinging disappears relatively quickly. A few years back somebody I knew who was a medical doctor developed piles when she was pregnant. Her solution was to use vapour rub. It does not sting, provides instant reief and over time actually shrinks the piles so that you only have to use it now and again. I find that swimming helps a lot , my guess is that it helps circulation. I use Bells vapour rub which is a lot cheaper than Vicks, but is the same thing.

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      3 years ago

      Be careful when using Vicks! I tried it rubbing it on my hemorroids & it unknowingly spread to my vaginal area causing infection. I suffered for 3 months trying home remedies & finally had to go to a doctor. It resulted to vaginitis.

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      3 years ago

      I can't stand it!!!!!!#!#

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      4 years ago

      Keeping yourself very clean and dry down there is essential. Another great way to dramatically reduce the itching is to jump into the shower, turn it up to full power and a comfortable temperature, and blast the critter from about 1ft away (30cm) for about a minute or so. This actually numbs your bum, and also makes it feel very fresh and clean. Make sure you only pat it dry.

      Do away with paper and use a bidet instead, paper is abrasive and makes matters worse.

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      4 years ago

      This information is very vital in the treatment of hemorrhoids. Thank you for sharing. From my experience with hemorrhoids i can definitely give you an idea of how hemorrhoids feel and look like. Obviously they feel swollen, itchy and at times bleed. Be careful to distinguish between fissures and hemorrhoids. Fissures are basically tear, crack or ulcer around the anus area. Best option at this point is to see a doctor and see what they diagnose. If you do believe in taking a more hollistic approach and look for a remedy that heals hemorrhoids check out this information at the web at http;//

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      4 years ago

      I`ve berm suffering from hemmroids for a couple of days the pain,icthing,irritation ulis unplesant I took a ibporfuen it helped with the swellen do now I`m considering some type of surgery to get rid of the huge bugger


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