Medicines can help relieve symptoms of
hemorrhoids. You might try one or more of the
following nonprescription remedies.
Ointments that protect the skin, such as zinc
oxide or petroleum jelly, are the best nonprescription remedies for
hemorrhoids. Ointments can prevent further injury and reduce itching by forming
a barrier over hemorrhoids.
Use suppositories, such as those made by
Preparation H or Tucks (formerly Anusol), for 7 to 10 days to relieve irritation
and to lubricate the anal canal during bowel movements. Some of these products
contain substances that can harm anal tissues if they are used for too
Apply an ointment that contains 1% hydrocortisone, a type of
steroid medicine that may relieve inflammation and itching. Your doctor may prescribe 2.5% hydrocortisone. But these products should not
be used for more than 2 weeks, because they can thin the skin.
Apply products that contain medicine to numb an area (local
anesthetic). These products often have the suffix "-caine" in the name or the
ingredients. Although these products help some people, especially those who
have painful external hemorrhoids, some people become allergic to them. Ask
your doctor before using these products.
nonprescription pain relievers.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help with pain. Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as
ibuprofen (Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) can help with pain and swelling. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
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November 14, 2014
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