Ahhh ... Soothing Relief

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What are ways to get relief from hemorrhoid irritation?

Ahhh ... Soothing Relief

Commercials that advertise products offering hemorrhoid pain relief are almost too tough to watch, but if you've got them and the pain or itch is plaguing you, rest assured you'll try anything. Achieving hemorrhoid relief may involve:

  • Over-the-counter creams, ointments, soothing pads, or suppositories to provide internal relief and a protective coating over the inflamed tissue
  • Astringents, such as witch hazel, to give cooling, topical relief and temporarily shrink the tissue
  • Sitting in a warm, shallow bath (also known as a sitz bath) to offer soothing, but temporary, treatment of hemorrhoids

The idea of hemorrhoid treatment is to reduce the swelling. So, not unlike treating a swollen ankle or knee, think cool or slightly warm temperatures (never hot). Another tip for getting relief is to avoid anything that will create additional pressure in the area, either from above or inside. That means avoiding strenuous activity or anything that creates increased pressure in the abdominal cavity, as this pressure will work its way down and further enlarge the swollen tissue. If hemorrhoid symptoms don't dissipate in several days, you may need to see a doctor for more aggressive treatment. Find one near you by going to MyBlankHurts.com.



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