Hemorrhoids (sometimes called piles) are swollen veins in the rectum and anus that can cause pain, itching, and rectal bleeding. They can be internal or external.
Internal hemorrhoids are located in the rectum and are usually not visible or felt. External hemorrhoids are located on the skin outside the anus.
Hemorrhoids are common. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one in 20 Americans will experience the condition at some point.
They usually go away on their own after a few weeks, but can cause mild to severe discomfort.
Here are some home remedies and remedies to help keep them from bothering you.
Home remedies for hemorrhoids
Here are some home remedies that can help relieve the symptoms of hemorrhoids.
Take a hot bath with Epsom salts
Taking a hot bath can help relieve the irritation of hemorrhoids. Try a sitz bath, a small plastic tub that fits over the toilet seat so you can soak the affected area, or try a bath if possible.
Try taking a warm bath or sitz bath for 20 minutes after each bowel movement. Add Epsom salt to your bath to soothe and relieve pain.
Apply ice or a cold compress to the anus for 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling. For large and painful hemorrhoids, cold compresses are a very effective treatment.
Be sure to wrap the ice in a cloth or paper towel. Never apply frozen items directly to your skin, as this can damage and injure the skin.
Witch hazel reduces both itching and pain, the two main symptoms of external hemorrhoids. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and reduces swelling.
You can buy a liquid form that you can apply directly to external hemorrhoids. You can also find it in products like anti-itch wipes and soaps.