Haemorrhoids are also known as piles and it is a painful and uncomfortable condition. These are enlarged veins that are usually found externally or internally around the anal region. It leads to increased pressure on the pelvis and the rectal vein that is related to diarrhea, constipation, and strain while pooping. The most common symptom of haemorrhoid is bleeding during bowel movement. Haemorrhoids can also be very itchy.
Are you suffering from haemorrhoids too? If you are considering some home remedies to shrink haemorrhoids and get rid of the pain, here is something you need to know. Before you are thinking of getting it treated naturally, visit a doctor to know if home remedies are possible to treat your type of haemorrhoids or they need surgery.
(Read: Home remedies to treat piles)
Here are some possible natural remedies to treat haemorrhoids naturally:
Health experts generally recommend sitz bath to people with painful haemorrhoids. Patients are recommended to sit in a tub of warm water (filled up to a few inches). You can also add 2-3 tbsp. of Epsom salt to the water to alleviate inflammation. The water should not be too hot but it must be warm enough to give that relief from haemorrhoid pain. This procedure is especially done after passing a bowel movement.
Witch Hazel acts as an astringent that helps to decrease bleeding and reducing chances of infection. Apply very gently in the affected area with a cotton ball; alternatively, you can also add a couple of drop to your sitz bath water. Doctors say that you can directly use it on your haemorrhoids.
Another natural remedy to treat haemorrhoid pain and infections is to use aloe vera. Doctors recommend using aloe vera in its purest form rather than a cream extract where other chemicals and ingredients are added. Aloe vera having anti-inflammatory properties also helps to soothe haemorrhoid inflammation.
Epsom salt and glycerine
Mix two tbsp. of Epsom salt with two tbsp. of glycerine. Apply this to the painful haemorrhoid area with a gauze pad and let it be for a good 15 minutes. Repeat this procedure every 4-6 hours till the pain subsides considerably. Doctors recommend this treatment too.
This is a natural laxative supplement that is easily available in any pharmaceutical or departmental store. It helps to soften stools and pass them smoothly without much discomfort and pain.
Doctors recommend taking this supplement occasionally to ease bowel movement and alleviate haemorrhoid symptoms. But it is also advised to drink plenty of water if you take this supplement; otherwise, it can lead to gas and abdominal cramping.
Applying ice packs and cold compresses relieve swelling for large and painful haemorrhoid is a very effective treatment. Don’t ever apply ice directly to the inflamed area; always wrap some ice cubes in a cloth before application.
Eat fiber-rich foods
To get rid of haemorrhoids it is important to relieve constipation and ease bowel movement. This can only be done by eating foods that are rich in fiber along with drinking plenty of water too. Foods like quinoa, Brussel sprouts, avocados, berries, figs, lentils, beans, flax seeds, and chia seeds are great options.
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Besides these natural remedies, OTC haemorrhoids creams and ointments are also available that offers immediate relief, some also helps to reduce the swelling and inflammation and treat haemorrhoids faster. Ask your doctor before using any of these over-the-counter medications.