There are a few simple remedies that are available for those who are wondering how to shrink hemorrhoids at home. Surgical and medical options are often expensive, painful and invasive. Hemorrhoids (also known as “piles”) are veins that have enlarged with blood and are usually swollen and often quite painful. There are two types of hemorrhoids – internal and external. An internal hemorrhoid is located inside the rectum and is usually painless. Symptoms of this include a small amount of blood on the toilet paper after wiping or in the stool. You may not, even realize you have this type of hemorrhoid unless it bleeds or is pushed out or “prolapses”. If the hemorrhoid prolapses, the best treatment is to push it back in. An external hemorrhoid is located under the skin of the anus and can be itchy and painful. Symptoms of an external hemorrhoid include a lump on or around the anal opening, itching in the rectum, anus or pain when stool passes. On occasion, blood can pool and form a clot called a “thrombus”, which feels like a hard mass on the anus.
How To Shrink Hemorrhoids At Home
To treat hemorrhoids, whether internal or external, there are a number of home remedies. Sitz baths are quite commonly recommended. Fill the tub about five to six inches of warm water and sit or crouch in it for about 10 to 15 minutes several times a day. The best time to have a sitz bath is either in the morning after waking up or in the evening before bed. Regular baths are also recommended as long as you are not resting all your weight on the hemorrhoid.
Other options are: apply witch hazel or apple cider vinegar onto the hemorrhoid and surrounding area by dabbing with a cotton ball. Apply petroleum jelly or the pulp from an aloe vera leaf to the affected area. Avoid soaps but keep the area clean and dry. Use wipes or moist toilet paper after a bowel movement. Wear cotton underwear and loose clothing. Drink lots of water and take aspirin. You can also use over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams such as Preparation-H. Hemorrhoids usually take a week or two to clear up, however, if your hemorrhoid continues to be painful or you begin to bleed from the rectum, consult your doctor.
The best treatment of hemorrhoids is prevention, as they tend to reoccur. A high fiber diet, drinking lots of water and regular exercise can prevent constipation or diarrhea (constant straining cause’s hemorrhoids). Avoid sitting on the toilet for very long or sitting or standing in one position for a long period of time. Avoid excessive amounts of laxatives. Do not delay the urge for a bowel movement. Keep the anal area clean. It is helpful to know how to shrink hemorrhoids at home, as it is less invasive and inexpensive, but the key is to prevent them from occurring at all.