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What are the Different Types of Natural Hemorrhoid Treatment?

By Meshell Powell
Updated May 17, 2024
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Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that develop on or around the rectum and anus. These swollen veins may develop as a result of sitting for prolonged periods of time, eating an imbalanced diet, or by being significantly overweight. Common symptoms include itching, pain, and in some cases bleeding. While there are several over-the-counter and prescription medications available, many people prefer to use a more natural hemorrhoid treatment. Some of these natural treatment options include dietary changes, herbal treatments, and the use of topical preparations such as witch hazel.

Pain or itching are often the first signs of a hemorrhoid. A raised lump may also be present as a result of the swollen blood vessels in the rectal area. There may be a small amount of blood present following a bowel movement. Some hemorrhoids may be internal, so a visible lump is not always present. Most cases of hemorrhoids will clear up on their own within a week, so treatment is aimed at relieving the uncomfortable symptoms while the body heals itself.

Witch hazel is a popular natural hemorrhoid treatment. The affected area should be cleaned thoroughly and then patted dry. Witch hazel, which can be purchased without a prescription at most drug stores, can be applied to a cotton ball or soft cloth and then applied to the hemorrhoid several times per day. It may also be helpful to clean the area with moist wipes instead of toilet tissue to prevent further irritation of the area.

Warm sitz baths can often be a comforting and soothing choice for natural hemorrhoid treatment. A sitz bath involves the use of a small tub, found in most drug stores, that fits over the toilet. Warm water and Epsom salt are added to this tub, and a person sits over the tub for about 15 minutes at a time to soak the affected area. This process can be repeated several times per day and works to reduce the pain, itching, and swelling associated with hemorrhoids.

Constipation is among the more common causes of hemorrhoids. In these cases, dietary and lifestyle changes may be considered when searching for a natural hemorrhoid treatment. Increasing physical activity and adding more fiber to the diet can often ease constipation and the need to strain the blood vessels when trying to have a bowel movement. Herbs such as fennel seed or licorice root are believed to act as a natural hemorrhoid treatment by working to cleanse the colon and preventing constipation.

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