How do you get hemorrhoids to stop hurting?
Relieving the pain
- Take warm soaks (sitz baths) or regular baths three or four times a day.
- Clean your anus after each bowel movement by patting gently with moist toilet paper or moistened pads (such as Tucks), or baby wipes.
- Use ice packs to relieve swelling.
Included in the latter are hemorrhoids. These swollen blood vessels on the outer rectum and anus can turn bowel movements into intensely painful experiences. External hemorrhoids develop on the anus itself. Either way, stools passing by them can cause pain and bleeding.
- Hemorrhoids do not always hurt. In fact, you may have hemorrhoids that you can't see or feel and that only cause painless bleeding when they're aggravated. Sometimes, however, external hemorrhoids - hemorrhoids around the anus - can collect excess blood and form a clot, which can be very painful.
- When you have a prolapsed hemorrhoid, you may feel a pinching sensation or you may just feel a painless lump when you wipe after a bowel movement. Prolapsed hemorrhoids can sometimes be itchy or painful. If a blood clot forms, you may feel a tender lump on the edge of your anus. Your hemorrhoid may crack and bleed.
- Treat the clot. When an external hemorrhoid forms a blood clot, the pain can be excruciating. If pain is tolerable and the clot has been present for longer than two days, apply home treatments for the symptoms while waiting for it to go away on its own.
Ease Pain and Itching
- Take warm baths. Soak in a bathtub filled with a few inches of warm water for about 15 minutes at a time.
- Rub on relief. Over-the-counter wipes or creams with witch hazel can soothe pain and itch with no side effects.
- Ice it.
- Consider painkillers.
- Don't scratch.
- Choose cotton.
- Use topical treatments. Apply an over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream or suppository containing hydrocortisone, or use pads containing witch hazel or a numbing agent. Soak regularly in a warm bath or sitz bath. Soak your anal area in plain warm water 10 to 15 minutes two to three times a day.
- The water should be deep enough so that it covers your perineum. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes. If you used the plastic bag, you can add warm water as the original water cools. Most sitz baths have a vent that prevents water from overflowing.
- Piles develop when the veins in your anal canal become swollen. This can happen for a number of reasons, including: increased pressure in your abdomen (tummy), for example when you're pregnant or giving birth. straining to empty your bowels, for example if you have constipation.
Updated: 18th November 2019