Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are not extremely dangerous, as much as they are uncomfortable and embarrassing. Being basically inflamed or protruding veins in the rectum, pain, inflammation, bleeding and irritation are very common.
In many people, hemorrhoids flare-up and then subside for an extended period of time. They appear to worsen under periods of high stress,and tend to catch you off-guard. As such, it is a good idea to always have effective home remedies on hand so that you can take care of things in the privacy and comfort of your house.
Let’s check out what some of the most effective home remedies are treatments for hemorrhoids are.
One of the most popular skincare remedies of all time, aloe vera possesses a distinctly cooling property, which helps to relieve irritation and inflammation.
Aloe vera is well accepted and tolerated when used topically, and when applied to hemorrhoids can help to ease some of the discomfort felt.
Cracking and bleeding are common accompaniments to hemorrhoids, but application of aloe vera can minimize these by helping to keep the skin hydrated. If you have never used aloe vera before, it is a good idea to test it on small area of skin a day or two before applying locally to hemorrhoids.
Witch hazel is one of the most popular remedies use for management of hemorrhoids, as it can help to soothe being and irritation. It is also said to possess astringent properties which help to shrink the size of tissue to which it is applied. This makes it a great option when applied to the protruding hemorrhoid, as it can reduce inflammation and swelling.
The most common form of witch hazel is the liquid, though it is also available in other products such as anti-itch wipes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Very effective for helping to soothe inflammation and associated itching, dilute apple cider vinegar is catching on as an effective remedy for hemorrhoids. It is important to realize that you should not apply apple cider vinegar undiluted as it can worsen irritation felt.
Coconut oil is an effective moisturizing agent, which when applied to hemorrhoids can help to soothe irritation. Scratching hemorrhoids can lead to other complications such as infections from broken skin or bleeding, so anything that helps to reduce the desire to scratch will promote healing.
Application of cold is ideal for acute management of pain, such as is the case with hemorrhoids. Application of an icepack or cold compress locally to the site of hemorrhoids can help to temporary relief being and also reduce inflammation.
It’s important to not apply ice directly to skin, as this can cause damage and lead to bleeding. Ice packs may be left on for periods of time up to 15 minutes, and repeated once per hour if necessary.
Application Of Tea Bags
Though this is not a well-known practice, a warm green tea bag applied locally to hemorrhoid can assist with reducing pain and inflammation. It is also said to help promote the recruitment of clotting factors to stop bleeding, all as a result of tannic acid found naturally in green tea.
Tannic acid is also a mild astringent to help shrink the protruding feeding of the rectum.
Warm Water Baths
Taking a nice warm water baths can help to reduce pain and inflammation, as it is believed to help promote circulation and reduce the recruitment of inflammatory markers. Adding a bit of Epsom salt or apple cider vinegar is also very effective for to reduce painful symptoms, and can help reduce the need to itch.
Psyllium Fiber Supplements
One of the major contributors of hemorrhoid development is straining to successfully have a bowel movement, inadvertently placing an immense amount of pressure on the vessels in the area, which may protrude out of the vulnerable skin.
Fiber supplements that contain Psyllium husk can help to make bowel movements much easier and improve regularity, in turn reducing pain and bleeding, and how often you experience flare-ups.
Wear Suitable Clothing
Though not a consideration many people make, it is important to wear the correct clothing when experiencing an acute hemorrhoid attack in order to minimize pain and discomfort. In general, loose fitting cotton clothing is best, as it reduces irritation that may be experienced. Using hypoallergenic detergent on the clothing is also advised as to avoid irritation at this time.
Petroleum jelly is a quick remedy that we all have at our disposal which can help to protect the inflamed vein and prevent irritation. Petroleum jelly is also an effective moisturizing agent which can help to prevent cracking of the skin at this point, helping avoid bleeding.
Be sure to use plain unscented petroleum jelly which is typically hypoallergenic and unlikely to cause any problems for you regarding sensitivity.
Tea Tree Oil
An uncommon remedy that is being studied but which shows preliminary success in helping to relieve pain and inflammation associated with hemorrhoids. In addition to this, tea tree oil possesses antiseptic properties which can help to safeguard the area against possible bacterial infection.
Tea tree oil appears to work best when added to a vehicle such as petroleum jelly first and then applied in order to improve the time it spends in contact with the inflamed vein.
Citrus fruits are helpful for managing hemorrhoid flare-ups thanks to their presence of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. These compounds play key roles in collagen synthesis, this being a structural protein throughout the body. It is believed that collagen can help to add resistance to veins protruding and can also strengthen the entire digestive tract, minimizing the risk of digestive disorders impacting normal bowel movement.
Squat On The Toilet
It is a “secret” not many people know. The way commercial toilets are designed, is not the way humans were intended to pass stool. As trivial as this seems, use of a conventional toilet while seated is a major contributor to hemorrhoid development, as it places immense pressure on the veins in the rectal region.
Instead, we should use a low bench placed under our feet, in effect causing one to squat over the toilet seat. This places the colon in a completely open position to facilitate complete passing of stool.
Infants have this anatomical need to squat when passing stool, but which is lost as they grow and are forced to use conventional toilets. Squatting reduces straining and pressure on the veins.
A supplement that helps to improve circulation and blood flow disorders, consumption of this supplement has been shown to help enhance vascular tone and ease of blood flow so that the pressure placed on the rectal veins in minimized.
Horse chestnut can help to rectify painful hemorrhoid episodes as well.
A supplement which can help to reduce inflammation and associated swelling of hemorrhoids, helping to treat venous insufficiency disorders, including varicose veins and piles. By improving the return of blood to the heart via the veins less pressure is exerted on the anal veins.
Even though hemorrhoids are painful and cause discomfort, you can effectively manage it at home without waiting for things to get out of hand. Oftentimes, interventional steps taken early can improve prognosis and prevent the likelihood of surgery being needed.