Quick Hemorrhoid Relief: 12 Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

Try these simple home remedies for hemorrhoids and find quick relief from the pain and itching.

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Home remedies for hemorrhoids: FibrePhoto: Shutterstock

Load up on fibre

Looking for home remedies for hemorrhoids? Start healing from the inside out with a high-fibre diet, which can reduce the bleeding and pain from hemorrhoids. Fill your plate with fibre-rich fruits and vegetables, brown rice, whole grains, and nuts for hemorrhoid relief. Drinking plenty of water can also prevent constipation. Check out these painless ways to increase dietary fibre.

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Use a tea bag for hemorrhoid relief

External hemorrhoids can be soothed by applying a warm, wet tea bag. The tannic acid in the tea will help reduce swelling, ease the pain, and promote blood clotting to stop the bleeding. (Psst—tea bags can also be used to treat canker sores!)

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Avoid sitting

If you have a desk job, walk around for five minutes at least once an hour to relieve the rectal pressure that causes hemorrhoids. At the gym, avoid stationary bikes and squats, both of which can apply that same pressure. Instead, try walking briskly for 20 to 30 minutes to encourage bowel function. This is what happens to your body when you start walking 10,000 steps a day.

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Soak with warm water

Warm water increases blood flow to help shrink swollen veins. To reap its benefits, fill your bathtub or a sitz bath, which fits over the toilet, with four or five inches of water. Take a seat in the water with your knees raised to get maximum exposure to the affected area. Dissolving a handful of Epsom salts in the tub before you start your soak will help constrict the hemorrhoids even more.

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Home remedies for hemorrhoids: IcePhoto: Shutterstock

Ice up

Blood vessels swell up with hemorrhoids, but coldness can shrink them and give major relief. Fill a bag with ice, wrap a thin cloth around it, and sit on it for about 20 minutes for hemorrhoid relief. Repeat as necessary, but wait at least ten minutes between each application. Here's when to use ice or heat to relieve different types of pain.

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Home remedies for hemorrhoids: Keep it cleanPhoto: Shutterstock

Keep it clean

Switch out your daily shower for some bath time if you can so that you can soak the anal area with warm water. Don’t use soap or alcohol-based or perfumed wipes, which could make hemorrhoids worse (don’t worry, a warm soak will still get you clean). When you’re out of the tub, use a hair dryer to dry the area gently.

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Home remedies for hemorrhoids: Lie downPhoto: Shutterstock

Lie down

How to treat hemorrhoids without gels or creams? Simply take the weight off your sore anal area by lying stretched out on a couch with your legs up for half an hour. You’ll improve circulation to your backside as well, improving hemorrhoid relief.

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Use simple toilet paper

Scented and coloured toilet paper contain extra chemicals that could irritate sensitive areas. Dampen plain, white, unscented toilet paper or use a moist towelette when you need to wipe. Follow up by applying an unscented moisturizer with a facial tissue.

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Dab on petroleum jelly

Here's how to treat hemorrhoids with Vaseline. Petroleum jelly can soothe the affected area if you dab a bit onto the sore spot for quicker hemorrhoid relief. (Check out more clever uses for petroleum jelly you'll wish you knew sooner.)

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Avoid constipation when you have hemorrhoidsPhoto: Shutterstock

Give yourself permission to go

Holding in your bathroom breaks can lead to constipation, meaning you need to strain more when you do go. That could cause pressure in your abdominal and bring on hemorrhoids. Instead of focusing on how to treat hemorrhoids, find a restroom as soon as you need one to avoid them in the first place. These home remedies for constipation can help.

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Try a potato

It sounds strange, but a compress made from potato is a surprisingly effective home remedy for hemorrhoids. When grated, the tuber acts as a soothing astringent. Check out more old-time home remedies that really work.

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Apply witch hazel

Witch hazel is full of tannins, which help shrink blood vessels. Drench a cotton ball with undistilled witch hazel and press it against the hemorrhoid. Now that you know these home remedies for hemorrhoids, find out the eight habits that cause hemorrhoids in the first place.

[Sources: 1,801 Home Remedies, health.harvard.edu, webmd.com]

Originally Published on Reader's Digest