Hemorrhoid treatment is usually done with the use of topical creams that help relieve inflammation, but it can also include the use of oral analgesics and/or anti-inflammatory medication, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, that should be prescribed by a proctologist or G.P. Sometimes, surgical procedures may also be indicated.
However, there are some home remedies such as doing sitz baths, eating fiber rich foods, or avoid using toilet paper, that can also help relieve pain and treat hemorrhoids faster, especially when it is not possible to use medication, like during pregnancy.
Below, are some important steps you can take in order to treat hemorrhoids faster:
1. Have a Fiber-Rich Diet
To help treat, or avoid hemorrhoids from getting worse, it is recommended to increase the intake of fiber-rich foods, such as wholegrain rice, flaxseed or wheat germ, as they help make the poop softer, which eases bowel movements and decreases pain when passing stool.
2. Drink 2 Liters of Water Per Day
Drinking about 1.5 to 2 liters (around 8 cups) of water per day helps hydrate the stools, making bowel movements easier, which, in return, helps hemorrhoids to heal more easily.
3. Use the Toilet as Soon as Needed
Another strategy that can help relieve pain when you need to pass stool is to use the toilet as soon as you need to. Doing this helps insure that the poop is eliminated when it is still hydrated, decreasing the pain and pressure on the hemorrhoids.
4. Avoid Using Toilet Paper
Even though toilet paper is one of the easiest ways of cleaning yourself after using the toilet, it may not be a good option when you have hemorrhoids. This is because toilet paper can be very abrasive and cause irritation to the anal area, increasing discomfort.
It's best to clean yourself using water or a damp wipe.
5. Do Regular Exercise
Doing regular physical exercise, such as walking or swimming, increases bowel mobility and helps the poop to form and be excreted more easily, decreasing pain while passing stools.
6. Apply a Cream for Hemorrhoids
Creams for hemorrhoids, such as Germoloids, Proctosedyl, or Ultraproc, are used very frequently to treat hemorrhoids, because they have vasoconstriction, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
These types of cream need to be prescribed by a doctor and applied directly on the hemorrhoids, with a soft massage 2 - 3 times a day, while treatment lasts.
7. Do a Sitz Bath
Sitz baths are a good natural treatment for hemorrhoids which can be done just with warm water about three to four times a day, as the warmth of water helps relieve discomfort and pain.
To do a sitz bath, you just need to fill a big bowl with warm water and sit inside it for about twenty minutes or until the water gets cold.
Sitz baths can be more effective if plants with anti-inflammatory and/or calming properties are added to the water, such as chamomile, hamamelis or burdock.