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Hemorrhoid Pain Relief

What are some effective hemorrhoid pain relief solutions?

Hemorrhoids are benign enlarged veins located on the inside or outside of the rectum. When they become quite large, having a bowel movement can cause pain and possibly bleeding.

At the early stages, bleeding may not occur. This is the best time to take a natural approach to preventing the hemorrhoids from getting worse.

With natural and home remedies and lifestyle changes, most cases of hemorrhoids can be taken care of at the comfort of your own home.

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Toilet Paper versus Baby Wipes

Avoid using tissue paper to wipe after a bowel movement. Tissue paper tends to be rough. Instead use baby wipes or a cosmetic pad soaked with lukewarm water for cleaning the area.

Heat and Cold Therapy

Cold compress and heat packs can be soothing and help to give you pain relief. Apply the ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, especially after a bowel movement. If the ice pack is too cold, wrap it in a cloth.

You can opt to use warm compress several times a day for 15 minutes each time.


Applying creams or ointment before a bowel movement can go a long way to ease the pain. Even petroleum jelly (Vaseline) ointment can help to lubricate the area during a bowel movement.

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis)

Instead of wiping the rectum with baby wipes or tissue paper, use a cosmetic pad soaked with witch hazel instead. Witch hazel is an astringent and it can help reduce inflammation, itching and pain. Most pharmacy will have this liquid in stock.

Witch hazel is one of the most effective natural solution for hemorrhoid pain relief.

Warm Bath and Sitz Bath

Soak the area in a warm bath after bowel movement to help get relief from the pain. Do not use soap and gently dry the area. Avoid rubbing the area. Consider buying a sitz bath. This can be purchased at your local pharmacy.

Dietary Changes and Water

Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily and increase your fiber intake in your diet. This will not directly help with hemorrhoids but will keep the stool soft and prevent you from straining as you pass the stool.


Avoid lifting heavy objects or doing strenuous exercises. This will avoid putting pressure on the blood vessels in the rectum and keep the hemorrhoids from swelling up and getting worse.

Avoid getting too much caffeine from your coffee or tea. Also cut back or avoid spicy foods and chilly sauces, beer and carbonated beverages. This will prevent the hemorrhoids from being irritated.

Weight Loss

Excessive weight puts extra pressure in the lower part of the body. There is an increased likelihood of getting hemorrhoids as your body weight increases.

See our detailed article for a complete list of natural remedies for hemorrhoids.

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Revised: September 18, 2010

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