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Just 4 At Home Tips for Managing Hemorrhoids

Posted on March 27, 2024

If you've been living with the discomfort of internal hemorrhoids, you may be hoping to relieve your pain in the privacy of your home. Now, some people with hemorrhoids will only recover with the help of a medical intervention. But, for those with less serious conditions, these at-home measures can help with managing hemorrhoids.

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Managing Hemorrhoids: A 4-Step, At-Home Guide

Ready to adopt the lifestyle changes you need to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms such as itching, pain and bleeding with bowel movements? Here's what you need to do!

Increase fiber intake

As part of a hemorrhoid-friendly diet, eating more fiber-rich foods can help with managing hemorrhoids by softening your stools, making it less likely that you'll have to strain to pass a bowel movement. And, since straining can lead to hemorrhoid formation, this decision could both reduce existing symptoms and prevent new problems from developing.

Try hydrotherapy

You may be able to relieve your hemorrhoids by soaking your perineum in a warm bath. Infuse the water with Epsom salts and stay put for at least 15 minutes. Once you're done, gently pat dry the affected area, making sure to avoid rubbing since that could further irritate the delicate skin.

Get off your butt

Another cause of hemorrhoids is sitting too long--on the toilet, but on other hard surfaces as well. You see, hemorrhoids are jus swollen veins. And, like all veins in trouble, putting extra pressure on those hemorrhoids will make your symptoms worse. So, to enjoy some symptom relief, make sure to limit your time sitting on the toilet, in the car, or even at your office desk.

And sweat some, too

People with hemorrhoids can enjoy several benefits by engaging in regular exercise. First, more movement gets you off your seat (see our point above.) Next, exercise can sometimes help resolve constipation. Plus, workouts can help you reach your ideal weight. And, since obesity may contribute to hemorrhoids, adding exercise to your routine may provide additional relief.

Managing Hemorrhoids Medically

While lifestyle measures may effectively relieve your symptoms, patients with stage 2 or 3 internal hemorrhoids will likely need medical intervention to treat their condition. Have you been experiencing bleeding, itching or discomfort and you want relief from hemorrhoids without invasive surgery? Click here to request an appointmentClick here to request an appointmentClick here to request an appointment with our hemorrhoid specialists in Texas, to see if hemorrhoid artery embolization (HAE) is your pathway to relief!

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