Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swollen veins in and around one’s rectum and anus. There are two types of hemorrhoids, called internal and external hemorrhoids, and refer to where on the body your hemorrhoids are. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Painless bleeding during bowel movements
- Itching or irritation in your anal region
- Pain or discomfort
- Swelling around your anus
- A lump near your anus, which may be sensitive or painful
Luckily, this sickness usually goes away within a few weeks on its own, however there are some simple home remedies you can use to help the healing process along. Of course, there are many reputable over-the-counter medicines and ointments you can purchase, but if you are looking for a natural hemorrhoid treatment then try these at-home tricks!
Epsom salt bath
Drawing a warm bath is not only a nice way to wind down from a long day, but it can also help relieve hemorrhoid pain. External hemorrhoids are typically more painful than internal hemorrhoids, because the skin on and surrounding the infected area becomes irritated and itchy. Epsom salt is a helpful mineral that can be used to help ease the pain and facilitate muscle relaxation.
Sit on ice!
Sitting on a cold compress or ice pack in 15 to 20 minute intervals can help reduce any swelling or inflammation brought on by hemorrhoids. Ice is an extremely effective tool for numbing the swollen area and helping with pain management. Remember to never apply a cold compress or ice pack directly to the skin.
Aloe vera is a plant that is harvested and made into a gel that is used to treat skin conditions as well as hemorrhoids. While the healing plant can be found in many products, it is crucial to only use pure aloe vera gel on hemorrhoids. The cooling and anti-inflammatory properties of the plant made it ideal for soothing the burning and/or itching effects of hemorrhoids.
Witch Hazel is a natural hemorrhoid treatment derived from the leaves, twigs and bark of the plant, Hamamelis virginiana. Witch Hazel is natural anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant qualities.
The liquid form of pure Witch Hazel is the easiest to work with when applying to external hemorrhoids. Simply dip a cotton ball in the liquid and dab the affected area. Witch Hazel can also be found as an ingredient in certain soaps and itch relieving wipes.
Coconut oil is an easily accessible substance and can be purchased online or at your local grocery or department store. Coconut oil may reduce swelling and irritation.
Wearing tight clothing while suffering from hemorrhoids can be exceptionally uncomfortable. Wearing breathable cotton fabrics, especially underwear and pants, can help ease the daily symptoms. Wash your clothes in unscented detergent and fabric softener to avoid irritation. Additionally, make sure to bathe with unscented soaps during the healing process.
Before using any natural hemorrhoid treatment or topical over-the-counter ointments, please check with your doctor to avoid any possible allergic reactions.