How to Care for Hemorrhoids
- 1). Apply a cold compress directly onto the hemorrhoid area to help ease pain. The easiest way to do this is to ask a family member to apply your compress as you lie facedown.
- 2). Moisten toilet paper or use a baby wipe after a bowel movement.
- 3). Clean the area well with warm water several times a day. A handheld showerhead also works well.
- 4). Avoid sitting or standing for lengthy periods of time.
- 5). Soak in a hot bath every day. Avoid bath salts, which may be irritating.
- 6). Increase your fiber intake. Eat fresh vegetables, whole grains and beans. Fiber helps your regularity, and forms stools that are large and soft, which makes them easier to pass.
- 7). Drink eight glasses of water a day. This will keep stool loose and easier to pass.
- 8). Get regular exercise. Walking three times a week, for 30 minutes each time, will aid your digestion and make moving your bowels less difficult.
- 9). Avoid straining when you have a bowel movement.
Lift heavy objects using proper body mechanics to avoid putting excessive strain on the lower body.
Use over-the-counter hemorrhoid medications as directed on a short-term basis. Those containing corticosteroids are especially helpful in reducing anal pain. Check with a pharmacist to make sure the medication does not cause problems with other medications you are taking.