Get Relief: Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are an extremely common condition, affecting 5% of the population in the United States, a number that grows to 50% of adults over the age of 50. In most cases, hemorrhoids aren’t dangerous, but they can cause considerable problems with discomfort — namely pain and itching. The good news is that there’s much you can do at home to find relief.

At our practice, Gabriel Akopian, MD, Dr. Akopian and our team believe that patient education can go a long way toward improving your health. To that end, we’ve pulled together a few tips for handling hemorrhoids on your own and advice about when you should come see us.

A smoother passage

Hemorrhoids, which are inflamed veins around your anus, often occur as a result of straining during bowel movements. If you already have hemorrhoids, continued straining can exacerbate the condition. To both prevent and remedy hemorrhoids, we recommend adding more fiber to your diet, which softens your stool, making it easier to pass.

There are plenty of foods that are great resources for fiber, including:

It’s important to increase your fiber intake gradually so you don’t end up with excessive gas.

A good soak

One of the best ways to find relief from painful and itchy hemorrhoids is to sit in a warm bath for 10-15 minutes, up to three times a day. The soothing water helps quiet the inflammation, and you can take it one step further by adding epsom salts to the water.

A softer swipe

If you have hemorrhoids, you may be irritating them with scratchy, dry toilet paper. Instead, turn to wet wipes that don’t contain any harsh ingredients, like alcohol or perfumes. Look for a wipe that features aloe vera or witch hazel, which can help further soothe the area.

Using ointments

Your local pharmacy is sure to be well-stocked with over-the-counter topical ointments that you can use to help with the itching and pain caused by hemorrhoids. If you’re at all unsure about which products to choose, simply give us a call and we can point you in the right direction.

Keep it dry and clean

If you have hemorrhoids, we urge you to wear cotton underwear that breathes. For obvious reasons, you should steer clear of thong-style underwear in favor of full coverage that doesn’t directly irritate the area.

When to seek help for hemorrhoids

If your hemorrhoids persist despite your home treatments, or you have recurring problems with hemorrhoids, we suggest you come see us.

For severe or treatment-resistant hemorrhoids, we offer several different solutions:

Our minimally invasive techniques for resolving hemorrhoids include hemorrhoid energy therapy and transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization.

If you’d like to learn more about treating problematic hemorrhoids, please contact our office in Pasadena, California, to set up an appointment.

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