Hemorrhoids: 7 At-Home Remedies

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Medically Reviewed By William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Written By Mary Elizabeth Dallas on January 21, 2021
  • Pain in the rear end
    Tips for Treating Hemorrhoids at Home
    Hemorrhoids can be a very uncomfortable and sometimes painful condition. Fortunately, there are many ways to treat hemorrhoids at home. A good start: eat more fiber. Fiber-rich foods such as oats, shredded wheat, apples, pears, peas and beans help keep your stools soft and easier to pass. However, fiber soaks up water in the digestive tract, so it’s important to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily to avoid constipation and the straining it can cause. Try these other home remedies to treat hemorrhoids, and talk to a doctor if your symptoms persist or become worse.
  • Psyllium husk
    1. Psyllium Husk
    Psyllium husk is a source of soluble fiber. It comes from the tiny seeds of a shrub common in India. It's an ingredient in some stool softeners sold over the counter at drugstores. It can help treat constipation as well as the pain and bleeding that can come with hemorrhoids. When it mixes with water, it swells and helps waste move through your digestive tract.
  • Older women exercising
    2. Physical Activity
    Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your lower rectum or anal area. Standing or sitting for long periods of time can lead to constipation, which puts pressure on those veins. Staying active and getting regular exercise can prevent constipation and avoid that extra pressure. Excess weight can also be a contributing factor to hemorrhoids, so exercising and shedding some pounds could help reduce your symptoms (and provide many other health benefits).
  • Ice pack
    3. Ice Packs
    Ice or cold compresses can help treat hemorrhoids at home. Apply an ice pack or compress to the affected area for several minutes. This can provide relief of some uncomfortable hemorrhoid symptoms, including pain, itching and swelling.
  • Man on toilet
    4. Sitz Bath
    A sitz bath can help relieve any pain or swelling around your genital area, including symptoms from hemorrhoids. To make a sitz bath, fill a good-sized shallow bowl with warm water. Then set it over your toilet. Sitting on it and soaking the area around your anus for 15 minutes several times each day should ease your hemorrhoid pain. It can also help to take regular sitz baths after bowel movements.
  • Witch hazel
    5. Witch Hazel
    Witch hazel contains oils and other ingredients that help ease inflammation and slow bleeding. It may also tighten the skin. This herbal remedy isn’t a cure for hemorrhoids, but it may reduce rectal pain and itching. It's available as a liquid, and there are many creams and pads that contain witch hazel to soothe hemorrhoids.
  • Epsom salt
    6. Epsom Salt and Glycerin
    Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) can ease constipation when you take it as an oral laxative. You also can add it to your bath water for a soothing soak. Or, you can mix Epsom salts and glycerin to make a soothing paste. Combine equal parts of these ingredients and place on a gauze pad. Apply the pad to your rectal area for about 15 minutes every 4 to 6 hours for relief.
  • Wet wipes
    7. Gentle Cleansing
    It’s important to keep the area around your anus clean. Take a shower each day and use a moist alcohol-free towelette after bowel movements. Wiping with dry toilet paper can be irritating, especially if it's scented or has other possible irritants. After cleansing, always pat dry sensitive skin; never rub.
  • Man with doctor
    8. When to See a Doctor
    Home remedies for hemorrhoids should provide relief in about one week. If not, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your doctor. It takes medical attention to manage large hemorrhoids that are protruding from the anus or bleeding. Also, don't wait to call your doctor if the home remedies you’re using cause uncomfortable side effects, such as dry skin or a rash.
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Last Review Date: 2021 Jan 21
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