Best Relief for Hemorrhoids

By: Donald Urquhart

Finding the Best Hemorrhoids Relief when your in a big rush.

When you find you have a serious problem with hemorrhoids, you need to find the best relief fast. What the best relief is, however, can seriously depend on your circumstances.

If you have no warning, then what you have in your house becomes the best there is, simply because it's available. However, there are several other home treatments that are good to keep on hand if you know that hemorrhoids tend to be an ongoing problem that provide significant amounts of relief fast.

Some of the best relief for hemorrhoids are widely available in most homes.

The first line of defense is generally a combination of a hot sitz-bath and ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

To take a hot sitz-bath, draw two to three inches of the hottest water you can stand into a bathtub, and sit in it for about twenty minutes, up to three times per day. If you are going to take frequent sitz-baths, it may be beneficial to invest in a special attachment that allows you to take a sitz-bath while sitting on your toilet, but in an emergency your bathtub works fine.

After the hot bath, immediately wrap ice or an ice pack in a towel and sit on it.

The quick alternation of heat and cold can significantly help with circulation and pain reduction.

Ibuprofen is better to take than acetaminophen, as ibuprofen acts as an anti-inflammatory in addition to helping with pain, but either will do in a pinch.

If you can find a footstool around the house to elevate your feet while you sit on the toilet, this will help with hemorrhoids by reducing the strain on the area. Moistening plain, white, soft toilet paper with water for cleaning also tends to be very soothing for hemorrhoids, and far better than scratching at the area or subjecting yourself to potentially irritating dyes or chemicals.

Once you get to your local pharmacy, a wide range of good relief options opens up to you.

The two physical items you'll probably find to be of greatest benefit are the aforementioned sitz-bath attachment, and a doughnut shaped cushion to sit on which will also remove as much stress as possible.

There are a plethora of creams and ointments on the market, but the best ones for immediate relief generally include the active ingredient lidocaine, a topical anesthetic, which may appear by itself or in combination with other medications.

Hydrocortisone is also a good quick-acting ingredient, although it should not be used for long periods of time as it can lead to tissue thinning in the area which will only make hemorrhoids worse in the long run. As long as you keep this in mind, it's a good salve for relief.

The last item which will be of interest to anyone seeking relief from hemorrhoids is witch hazel pads. These moistened, medicated pads soothe itchy, burning, swollen hemorrhoids wonderfully, and do a good job of cleaning the area besides.

Hopefully, this list of options for quick, effective hemorrhoid relief has given you enough information to get immediate freedom from pain. Now that you can think, it pays to research ways to permanently treat your hemorrhoids.

Final Words

The vast majority of all hemorrhoids are best treated at home, so the chances of a quick and final resolution to your problem are extremely good. All of these methods of relief can and should be used throughout your treatment, because there is no reason to suffer from hemorrhoids at all.

For your own safety, always discuss the information you find here and elsewhere with your health professional, before acting on it.

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