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Tips to Treat Hemorrhoids at Home

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You can do many things at home to ease itching and pain from hemorrhoids. These tips can also keep them from getting worse. They may also help you avoid them in the future. Try them and see what works for you.

Don’t Make Things Worse

Take these steps to avoid constipation and make it easier to go. That can stop many hemorrhoids before they form.

Bump up the fiber. It softens your stools and makes move it through your body more easily. You’ll find it in beans, whole-grain breads and cereals, and fresh fruits and veggies. You may also want to try a supplement if you can't get enough from foods. Add fiber slowly to help avoid gas and bloating.

Drink lots of fluids. Stay well hydrated to keep stools soft so they're easier to pass. Water is the best choice. Drink plenty throughout the day. Prune juice is a natural laxative and can help you go.

Be sure to exercise. Keep moving. Regular aerobic exercise, like brisk walking 20-30 minutes every day, can help keep you from getting stopped up.

Think about stool softeners or laxatives. Your doctor may suggest taking something for a short time to make going to the bathroom easier. They may be prescription or over-the-counter.

Follow good bathroom habits. Don't spend a lot of time on the throne. If you don't go after a few minutes, don't strain or wait to try to force something to happen. Try to get into a routine where you go at the same time every day.

Don't hold it in. When you feel like you have to go, do it. Don't wait for a better time or place. Stool can back up. And that can lead to straining and more pressure. Go as soon as you can when you feel the urge.

Ease Pain and Itching

These treatments should help ease the discomfort that often comes with hemorrhoids.

Take warm baths. Soak in a bathtub filled with a few inches of warm water for about 20 minutes at a time. Do it 2-3 times a day and after every bowel movement. Pat gently afterward to dry. Don't rub or wipe hard. There are also special "sitz baths" you can put directly on your toilet seat to make soaking easier.

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