Hemorrhoids are a very painful condition. Hemorrhoids can happen to anyone at any age. They burn, they itch, they are downright uncomfortable and even painful. Hemorrhoids are caused by swelling of veins in the rectum or around the anus. There are products available to buy for hemorrhoid relief, but many people feel very uncomfortable purchasing them in a store. They are afraid of embarrassing stares or snickers from other shoppers and employees. You can make your own hemorrhoid relief pads in the privacy of your own home.
Oftentimes hemorrhoids are caused by a lack of adequate fiber in your diet causing you to strain too much when having a bowel movement. This extra pressure from straining can cause swelling which leads to hemorrhoids. Another common cause for hemorrhoids is excess weight. They can caused by being overweight or the weight gain associated with pregnancy. Obviously a more permanent cure would be to lose weight or increase your fiber intake during pregnancy. A third cause is from continuous sitting in your work environment such as a truck driver.
Homemade Hemorrhoid Relief Pads
Boil a small lidded glass jar such as an old baby food jar in a pot of water to sterilize it. Use caution when removing the jar and lid to prevent burning yourself. Allow the glass jar to cool completely before use.
Add 2 ounces of witch hazel, 7 to 8 drops of cypress essential oil, 6 to 7 drops of geranium essential oil, 9 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 1 1/2 ounces of aloe vera gel to the clean, glass jar.
Place the lid on the jar and shake the contents vigorously to thoroughly mix.
Place the jar in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before use for cooling relief.
Dip a sterile gauze pad into the cool solution and use as you would a store bought Hemorrhoid relief pad. Swab the Hemorrhoids gently or pat with the Hemorrhoid relief pad.
Use as often as needed during a hemorrhoid flare up.
Other Home Remedies for Hemorrhoid Relief
Sounds crazy, I know, but these really do work.
Buy yogurt with active cultures and keep it in your refrigerator to ensure it stays cold. Dip a sterile cotton ball or gauze pad into the yogurt and pat it onto itchy hemorrhoids. The active cultures will kill yeast and bacteria present and the cold yogurt will soothe the area.
Hold the jelly, but do spread a little peanut butter – smooth versions only. The peanut oil acts as to soothe and relieve the pain and discomfort. Do not use peanut butter if you have a peanut allergy.
Only use the above home remedies in a pinch, they are not intended for regular treatment.
Some Less Crazy Home Remedies for Hemorrhoid Relief
Dab a little baby powder in the area to reduce the friction.
Apply a layer of diaper rash cream that contains zinc oxide to relieve the burn and pain.
Use unscented baby wipes to wipe rather than dry toilet paper. The baby wipes are much more gentle on sore and tender areas. Avoid flushing the wipes down the toilet as they may clog the drain pipes.
Have some intense hemorrhoid pain? Apply a dab of Oragel toothache reliever. Oragel will numb the area and take away the pain for a short period of time.
Prevention is Best
The best treatment for Hemorrhoids is prevention.
Increase your fiber intake.
Use a doughnut shaped, cushioned ring to help ease pain.
If Hemorrhoids are markedly worse, see your doctor. In the meantime increase your fiber intake with fruits and vegetables to will decrease straining.
Start a weight loss program under the guidance of your doctor and get more exercise. Getting more exercise is especially important for those who have jobs that require them to be seated for long periods of time.
Always see your doctor especially if you have other medical conditions. See your doctor if hemorrhoids bleed because they can be easily infected given their location. If hemorrhoids are bleeding avoid using any home remedies.