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How can you ease the pain from hemorrhoids?

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Over-the-counter wipes or creams with witch hazel can soothe pain and itch with no side effects. Don't use one with hydrocortisone for more than a week unless your doctor says it's OK.

Put a small cold pack on the trouble spot several times a day. It can dull pain and bring down the swelling for a little while.

Consider painkillers as well. An over-the-counter medicine, like acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen, could help with soreness.

From: How to Treat Hemorrhoids at Home WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 18, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/18/2018

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Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 18, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hemorrhoids Treatment."

Harvard Health Publications: "Hemorrhoids and what to do about them."

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center: "Bowel Program in Spinal Cord Injury."

Cleveland Clinic: "Hemorrhoids."

Medscape: "Hemorrhoids Treatment & Management."

UptoDate: "Patient information: Hemorrhoids (Beyond the Basics)."

Harvard Health Publications: "6 self-help tips for hemorrhoid flare-ups."

Komaroff, A. , Simon & Schuster, 1999. The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide

NPR: "For Best Toilet Health: Squat Or Sit?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 18, 2018

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