Does Apple Cider Vinegar Shrink Hemorrhoids?

Hi everyone, Dr. Robert Cutler here to share a quick tip today. Yes, apple cider vinegar can help! Read the post to learn more.

Struggling with hemorrhoids? Follow these six steps the next time you have a flare up and are out of ointment.

  1. Apple cider vinegar is a safe and effective way to treat hemorrhoids. Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and apply to the area, leaving it on for several minutes. Do this a few times a day. You can also add apple cider vinegar to a warm sitz bath and soak for 20 minutes.
  2. If you prefer more natural ingredients for treating your ailments, consider purchasing a salve, ointment, or lotion that contains horse chestnut. This botanical product which is very popular in European countries can be applied directly to external hemorrhoids. Within minutes, the topical solution will shrink the size of the hemorrhoid and offer relief from stinging sensations.
  3. To get relief from hemorrhoids apply ice to the affected area. Hemorrhoids can be extremely painful. An ice pack can reduce both pain and swelling. Switch between using an ice pack and a warm compress. To be as comfortable as you possibly can, you should alternate applying ice packs on the hemorrhoids, sit in warm water in the bathtub and allow the swelling and pain to reduce.
  4. To avoid getting hemorrhoids don’t just sit there and worry about it. Get up and go do something about it. The positive attitude and movement of not sitting around all the time will increase the health of your body which decreases your chances of getting hemorrhoids. So if you get up to do something about hemorrhoids, it’s a double-whammy. It may sound redundant and even ridiculous but if you think it through, you’ll see that it works.
  5. Don’t depend on medications. Stimulant laxative drugs such as Bisacodyl tablets are meant to be used on a short-term basis and will not cure constipation. They may help with one bowel movement but you’ll be more constipated later. Side effects may include upset stomach, diarrhea, stomach cramps, faintness and stomach & intestinal irritation.
  6. You should drink plenty of water daily. Water is an ideal method of preventing hemorrhoids. When you are constipated, one of the primary reasons is dehydration so water can fix it. It also helps to cleanse and detoxify your body. Drink at least ten glasses of water per day.

These easy tips are some of the best available when it comes to dealing with painful hemorrhoids. Use the advice and you should find comfort.

About Robert Cutler, D.O.

Dr. Robert Cutler has performed duties as a specialist in the field of Proctology over 30 years as a practicing physician. Over this time, he has had great success integrating patient care from both an efficiency standpoint and as a practical approach to holistic and preventative medicine.

Dr. Cutler also performs FDA approved Clinical Trials and has had formal research training in Human Subject Assurance Training, OHRP/NIH and Good Clinical Practice for Investigators, Quintiles. Dr. Cutler continues to work on creating more affordable solutions to help people who are affected by ano-rectal problems as well as various chronic or acute skin issues.

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