How to Effectively Shrink Hemorrhoids at Home
A hemorrhoid is an enlarged vein surrounding the anus that often results in moderate to severe pain and discomfort. There are a number of causes of hemorrhoids including poor diet, child birth, constipation (often linked to a poor diet) and standing or sitting for long periods of time. Whilst hemorrhoids are often recurring there are a number of measures you can take to effectively shrink hemorrhoids.
• Hemorrhoids become enlarged due to the supply of blood to them, reducing this blood supply will result in the hemorrhoids shrinking. One method that is quite effective is to apply an ice pack to the affected area, the ice pack should not be kept in place longer than 15 minutes but the procedure can be carried out two or three times a day as required.
•Wiping with toilet paper after a bowel movement will aggravate and worsen your hemorrhoids therefore you should instead wash the area with lukewarm water which will in itself help shrink the hemorrhoids. Moist tissues are also a good alternative but avoid using any type of soap as this will only exasperate the condition. After washing gently pat the area dry.
• Tests have shown that apple cider vinegar can be effective in shrinking hemorrhoids. Moisten a cotton wool ball with the apple cider vinegar and gently dab the affected area two to three times a day, you should see an improvement after 5-7 days.
•A sitz bath is an excellent way of shrinking hemorrhoids, a sitz bath is a bath where you sit in warm water up to your hips, it is important to remain in a sitting position when taking a sitz bath and not to lie down. You should remain in the bath for 15-20 minutes or until the water has cooled down. Salt or baking soda can be added to the water to help reduce infections.
• If the above simple remedies do not work to shrink hemorrhoids, you can consult a physician who may suggest certain topical applications that shrink hemorrhoids effectively. Certain drugs that are taken internally also work to shrink hemorrhoids.
• A tincture of horse chestnut is another effective way of shrinking hemorrhoids and can be taken orally or used to dab on the affected area, horse chestnut seeds can be bought at your local health food store, however this method is not suitable for children or expectant mothers.
|Horse Chestnut extract can be effective in shrinking hemorrhoids|
As with any medical condition, if your symptoms persist or worsen you should always consult your doctor, he or she will also be able to prescribe additional treatments for shrinking hemorrhoids such as a variety of creams and ointments and even, though usually as a last resort, a number of surgical procedures.
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