It’s not something anyone wants to talk about, but hemorrhoids are extremely common. Hemorrhoids are more than just annoying; they can also be painful and itchy and in some instances may bleed. Hemorrhoids are enlarged rectal veins, which may develop internally or externally. The veins can become enlarged due to increased pressure in the rectal area. There are a few things that can increase pressure in that area.
Straining while trying to have a bowel movement is the most common cause of increased pressure and the development of hemorrhoids. Constipation is usually the culprit when it comes to straining while having a bowel movement. Additional risk factors for developing hemorrhoids include being pregnant, physically inactive or obese.
Treatment for hemorrhoids can involve anything from banding to surgery. But treatments, such as surgery, are invasive and can be painful. Fortunately, there are several home remedies that may be effective for treating your hemorrhoids.
If you consider home treatment options, over the counter creams for hemorrhoids may come to mind. Although ointments and creams are options, there are also many additional home remedies, which are often cheap and easy to use.
Home remedies may reduce symptoms and prevent further hemorrhoids by decreasing constipation and straining during bowel movements. Keep in mind, certain home remedies may work better for external hemorrhoids, and some may work for both.
1. Sitz Bath
A sitz bath, which is a warm water shallow bath, is a great noninvasive treatment for a variety of problems including hemorrhoids. Fill your tub with a few inches of warm water and soak in it for about 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Consider adding Epson salt, which may soothe the area. If possible, take a sitz bath two to three times a day or after every bowel movement. Sitz bath kits can also be purchased that fit over your toilet seat and allow you to soak the area without having to get in and out of the bathtub. A sitz bath not only cleans the area, but it can reduce itch and discomfort. It also increases blood flow to the area and promotes healing.