- Warm baths several times a day in plain, warm water for about 10 minutes.
- Consumption of a hemorrhoidal supplement or application of a hemorrhoidal cream or suppository to the affected area for a limited time.
Do Not Scratch
Even when your hemorrhoids itch you will need to resist the urge to scratch them. Scratching can lead to infections and may trigger severe harm in the anal region.
If you do scratch the hemorrhoid, to lessen the damage, you should pat the region and cleanse it with a wet cloth. The itching sensation may be a result of the anal region not being clean, so patting with a wet cloth will help cleanse the region and hence result in less itching.
Straining with Constipation
Preventing the recurrence of hemorrhoids requires relieving the pressure and straining of constipation. Doctors will often recommend increasing fibre and fluids in the diet. Eating the right amount of fibre and drinking six to eight glasses of water/fluid will result in softer, bulkier stools.
A softer stool makes emptying the bowels easier and lessens the pressure on hemorrhoids caused by straining.
Eliminating straining also helps prevent the hemorrhoids from protruding.
Prevention of Hemorrhoids
The best way to prevent hemorrhoids is to:
- Keep stools soft so they pass easily, thus decreasing pressure, and,
- Empty bowels without undue straining as soon as possible after the urge occurs.
Exercise, including walking, and eating a high fibre diet, helps reduce constipation and straining by producing stools that are softer and easier to pass. Good sources of fibre are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Fibre will help to keep your bowls regular and the stools softer.
In some cases, hemorrhoids must be treated endoscopically or surgically. These methods are used to shrink and destroy the hemorrhoidal tissue. The doctor will perform the procedure during a hospital visit.
A number of methods may be used to remove or reduce the size of hemorrhoids such as painless non-surgical techniques, lasers for hemorrhoids, harmonic scalpel for hemorrhoids, and the use of hemorrhoid medications.