It might surprise you but hemorrhoids plague nearly 20 million adults in the U.S. alone. If you’re suffering, or know someone who is then you are certainly not alone. There are varying degrees of hemorrhoids and all of them are quite literal pains in the butt.
No one is immune to the behind-the-scenes burning that can wipe away your hopes for the day. Fear not, there are plenty of hemorrhoid pain treatments that are available right at home:
While it might seem like lost time at first without your phone or a magazine, it’s important to be mindful when you use the bathroom. Pay attention and listen to your body, especially on good days which you can then try to replicate.
Relax and don’t strain. Pushing harder only makes the hemorrhoid flare-up feel worse. If you suffer from constipation or your stool is too hard to release without straining, then you probably need to drink more water.
Dehydration is one of the main causes that can lead to constipation. Reach for a glass of water before heading to the laxative cabinet.
Cleanliness is key when treating hemorrhoid pain; be mindful of how often you might need a sanitary refresher.
Diet Do’s and Dont’s
What goes in, must come out. It makes sense that we need to be aware of this process every step of the way, starting with what goes in.
Diets high in fiber promote a painless pooping experience. Not only will these foods help to ease straining, this particular treatment for hemorrhoid pain is also delicious.
Your gut is like a second brain, it plays a huge role in mood, energy levels, and your immune system. It’s important to help heal this part of the process as well. Adding fermented foods to your diet, like kimchee or sauerkraut, can benefit gut health immensely.
The most common foods to avoid that may contribute to increased hemorrhoid pain are spicy or greasy foods and alcohol. However, now that you’re becoming more mindful of what goes in and out, you may be able to pinpoint foods that you uniquely avoid for your colon health.
Additional Hemorrhoid Pain Treatments
There are helpful topical solutions as well as supplements available to ease your hemorrhoid pains.
Witch Hazel is a tried and true astringent plant that can ease the pain and reduce inflammation. Witch Hazel Wipes are a great way to stay clean and hemorrhoid-less.
Soaking your behind in some warm water with salts and essential oils is a great way to relax your whole body, hemorrhoids included! Try adding oils like lavender, calendula, or rosemary to your Epsom salt soak.
Using a topical cream, such as Preparation H or this natural DIY cream, can ease the suffering from inflamed hemorrhoids to help get you through your day.
Giving your body an additional boost from the inside with supplements like Fargelin can help shrink your hemorrhoids and manage the pain more effectively according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Ayurveda has similar practices that focus mainly on diet to manage your hemorrhoid treatment.
Managing Your Hemorrhoid Pain
Everyone has hemorrhoids and no one is immune to the sudden and unexpected pain that comes from an inflamed hemorrhoid.
Hemorrhoid pain treatment will take mindful patience to discover what works best for you. The most important thing is to keep a positive attitude, know that there are options and you are not alone.
Release any shame or negative feelings you have, this is not an embarrassing problem, it’s incredibly common, in fact. Talk to your friends and family and see what has worked best for them!
Start living your best life with these simple, delicious, and hydrating tips for managing your hemorrhoid pain.