How to Get Rid of Hemroids Without Getting a Doctor Involved

By Camira Bailey

Hemorrhoids are varicose veins in the rectum or anus that have become inflamed. Hemorrhoids in the rectum are referred to as internal hemorrhoids, while hemorrhoids that develop under the skin around the anus are called external hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids can be caused by sitting on a hard surface for an extended period of time, straining during defecation, diarrhea and long-term constipation. Hemorrhoids cause itching, pain and occasionally bleeding. Fortunately, hemorrhoids are usually self-limiting and can be treated at home.

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Hemorrhoids are varicose veins in the rectum or anus that have become inflamed. Hemorrhoids in the rectum are referred to as internal hemorrhoids, while hemorrhoids that develop under the skin around the anus are called external hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids can be caused by sitting on a hard surface for an extended period of time, straining during defecation, diarrhea and long-term constipation. Hemorrhoids cause itching, pain and occasionally bleeding. Fortunately, hemorrhoids are usually self-limiting and can be treated at home.

Add more fiber to your diet. Increase your fiber intake by 5 g a day until you reach 30 g daily. Fiber can help lessen the inflammation and bleeding associated with hemorrhoids. It also softens stool, reducing further irritation to the hemorrhoids.

Drink at least 64 oz. of water a day. Proper hydration works with the fiber to keep stools soft.

Take a sitz bath three times a day and after each bowel movement. Fill a plastic tub with warm water and sit in it for 15 to 20 minutes. Gently pat your anus dry with a soft towel when you are finished. You can purchase a plastic tub for this purpose at most pharmacies. Sitz baths help relieve itching and anal spasms.

Apply an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream to your anus. Put a dime-sized amount of cream on your finger and carefully spread the cream onto your anus. Do not rub it it. Corticosteroid creams soothe the pain and itching caused by hemorrhoids.

Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the need to have a bowel movement. This will prevent pressure from building up within the rectum, which can make hemorrhoids worse. Do not strain or try to force the bowel movement out.

Tip

Partake in 30 minutes of exercise each day to help prevent hemorrhoids from occurring. Fill your bathtub with 2 inches of warm water and sit in it if you can not obtain a plastic tub.

Warning

Do not use corticosteroid cream for longer than one week. Do not put corticosteroid cream inside of the anus. Hemorrhoids that cause severe pain or bleeding should be examined by a doctor.

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About the Author

Camira Bailey has been writing for various online publications since 2006, specializing in health and animal care. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from UCLA and is completing her master's degree in holistic health. Bailey is also an ACE-certified advanced health and fitness specialist.

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