Hemorrhoids can be uncomfortable, both to have and to find treatment for. There are many ways one can treat hemorrhoids, from over-the-counter medicines to natural home remedies. Here are five foolproof ways to find relief from your hemorrhoids quickly at home. 

What Are Hemorrhoids?

A hemorrhoid refers to swollen veins in and around the rectum and anus. There can be both internal and external hemorrhoids, with symptoms ranging from pain, discomfort, swelling, irritation, to bloody bowel movements. Hemorrhoids are usually curable within a few weeks, but using a home remedy can help to speed up the process. 

1. Salt Bath

Drawing a warm bath is always a nice idea, especially when dealing with hemorrhoid pain. Using Epsom salt in your bath can help ease pain and facilitate muscle relaxation. External hemorrhoids are typically more painful than internal, as the skin in and around the infected area can become irritated. Sit in a salt bath for 15 minutes daily to help treat your external hemorrhoids. 

2. Sitting on Ice

As simple as it sounds, ice packs are often overlooked in the quick treatment of hemorrhoids. Sitting on a cold compress or ice pack for 15 to 20 minutes can greatly reduce the swelling and inflammation of your hemorrhoids. Not only will ice help to facilitate inflammation, it will also help to numb the affected area and dull the pain. Remember to never apply an ice pack directly on the skin. 

3. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is known to reduce pain, itching, and bleeding in hemorrhoids. Witch hazel is full of tannins and oils that can aid in the reduction of bleeding and inflammation. You can apply witch hazel to hemorrhoids to relieve discomfort and prompt a quick recovery. 

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

It has been noted that apple cider vinegar can bring instant itch relief to hemorrhoids. When diluted with water and applied to the affected area, apple cider vinegar works to restore the pH balance of the skin and relieve any itching and irritation. 

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful in combating hemorrhoids at home. Just like putting aloe on a sunburn, the gel can be used to aid in the discomfort of the skin affected by a hemorrhoid. Apply directly to the skin and feel soothing relief. 

Doctor Butler’s Remedies 

If the most basic of at-home remedies are not bringing you enough hemorrhoid relief, look to Doctor Butler’s Hemorrhoid Cream and Anal fissure Ointment or Organic Soothing Wipes. The ointment, packed with amino acids, minerals, and organic herbs, helps to instantly relieve pain, itching, and swelling, all without forcing you to visit a doctor and get a presentation. Doctor Butler’s are colorless, odorless hypoallergenic, and FDA approved. 

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.