A lot of patients find hemorrhoids extremely uncomfortable and somewhat embarrassing and much prefer to treat hemorrhoids in privacy at home. Luckily most instances of hemorrhoids – bleeding, internal or external – can easily be treated at home and do not require a trip to the doctor. Plus, you can purchase most of the hemorrhoid treatments simply and discreetly online.
Hemorrhoids home treatments generally fall within three categories – you have topical remedies such as creams and other herbal ointments, wipes and suppositories and the straightforward sitz bath. An additional home treatment that has seen increased success is the cold therapy for hemorrhoids, mostly through the FDA-approved ANUICE system.
When using any of the below treatments, please be aware that they are designed to relieve swelling and inflammation and as such will only treat your symptoms and will not cure the haemorrhoids themselves. If you find yourself suffering from hemorrhoids repeatedly, you should consider diet and self care changes.
Also these types of medicines should only be used for five to seven days at a time and never in conjunction with each other as they may contain similar ingredients and prolonged use can irritate the sensitive skin around the anus.
Home Treatment Creams For Hemorrhoids
When it comes to creams and other ointments, the main difference will be whether you prefer a natural hemorrhoid cream or one that uses a medicinally approved chemical as the active ingredient.
The most popular herbal home treatments claim to use old Chinese traditional herbs [$13.25 Mayinglong Hemorrhoids Ointment] to cure hemorrhoids by providing a natural anesthetic to make bowel movements more comfortable and restore normal blood flow to the rectal area to accelerate the healing of torn or damaged tissue. Another popular herbal remedy comes from the extract of the Witch Hazel plant [$5.97 Tucks Witch Hazel Pads] and is widely used for its medicinal properties.
For extreme cases, you might consider corticosteroid cream [$20.97 Preparation H Anti-Itch Cream with Hydrocortisone]. This cream contains powerful hormones called steroids and should only be used if other treatments weren’t effective. You should not use corticosteroid cream for more than a week at a time as it makes the skin around the application area thinner.
The Sitz Bath
A sitz bath (derived from the German for sitting bath) is essentially a bath in which a person sits in water up to the hips. It is used to relieve discomfort and pain in the lower part of the body, for example, due to hemorrhoids.
You can easily create a sitz bath at home by using your bathtub and filling it with some water, or alternatively purchase special devices [$8.38 Carex Sitz Bath at Amazon.com] that fit into toilet bowls which can make the process easier. You can use either hot or cold water, and add additional substances such as salt, baking soda or vinegar.
Suppositories & Pads For Hemorrhoid Home Treatment
In addition to the creams and ointments listed above, you can also consider using hemorrhoid wipes and suppositories for targeted relief of hemorrhoids.
The active ingredients are mostly very similar, so this will boil down to personal preference.
Cold Therapy For Hemorrhoids
Much like the name suggests, cold therapy uses a clinically approved applicator that is stored in the freezer and then applied to the swollen area. The cold immediately soothes the pain and relieves the swelling and spasms. ANUICE [$39.95 Anuice - FDA Approved Medical Device for Hemorrhoid Treatment at Amazon.com] is probably the best known cold therapy treatment for hemorrhoids and has been approved be the FDA.
What To Do When Home Treatments Fail
Whilst most hemorrhoids are easily curable with the suggested treatments above, some extreme cases will not improve even after continued application of creams and other at home treatments. If you do not see a marked improvement within 7 days make sure you contact your GP immediately.
In some rare instances, you might require surgery to effectively remove the hemorrhoid. See more on hemorrhoid surgery here.