December 16, 2017 | Dr. Liz Lipski | Diseases and Conditions

There are a number of things that you can do yourself for hemorrhoid relief and alleviate the painful symptoms as quickly as possible.

How to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids Fast

Immediate Relief from Painful HemorrhoidsTake a warm bath to relieve the pain and the itchiness.

Alternatively use a cold compress such as an ice pack, this will also reduce the swelling and pain. You should hold the pack for no longer than 30 minutes at a time.

Use a products such as witch hazel or you can get your physician to recommend over the counter creams to relieve irritation around your anus.

These can include the following ingredients:

  • Bismuth oxide,
  • Bismuth subgallate,
  • Peru balsam or Zinc oxide.

The most logical step to heal and treat hemorrhoids is by looking at what causes us to get them in the first place. To begin treating hemorrhoids we would have to start by looking at one of the main causes, and that usually is down to constipation. So why do we get constipated and how can we stop getting constipated? We can do this by looking at our diet, fluid intake and lifestyle by regular exercise. Start with these simple steps and you will begin treating hemorrhoids naturally. Let us take a look at some simple but logical steps you can take to stop getting hemorrhoids and to stop piles from re occurring.

Whilst this might seem to be a logical approach, how many of us actually consider what we put into our own bodies. I am not talking about going on a specific diet where you focus on something like calorie counting, or an Atkins type diet.

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What we need to do is consider how much of the right stuff we actually eat in a given day. So what am I talking about…


The body needs fiber to move our food throughout the digestive tract efficiently and effectively. Having a sufficient amount of fiber in our diet will stop us from getting constipated.

So what is fiber and how do we get fiber. We can get fiber from fruit and vegetables, wholegrain cereals or bread, Oats, seeds, barley, pulses like beans lentils and peas. In fact the general advice is to have at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis.

Other sources would be to slightly modify the type of food we buy and eat.

For instance of eating white rice, bread or pasta; why not try eating brown, whole meal rice, or pasta instead. Snack throughout the day on, nuts, seeds or dried fruit such as dried apricots or raisins etc. Eat wholegrain cereals for breakfast. In other words try to avoid processed foods.

Now that we are looking to increase our fiber intake, we also need to bear in mind that by doing this, more fiber will tend to absorb more fluids within the body or digestive tract, therefore it is vitally important to increase the intake of fluid to avoid being constipated.

Herbal methods

Japanese pagoda tree extract, horse chestnuts and butchers broom have been proven to be some of the best herbal supplement for naturally treating hemorrhoids.

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Experts tend to agree that we should aim for at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. Roughly about 2 litres. Please note this is a minimum. Drinking fruit juices also is a good idea.

So what about tea and coffee? Drinking tea or coffee certainly adds to you fluid intake. However, as both of these drinks contain caffeine, a known diuretic, excessive amounts of caffeine can lead to an increase in fluid loss from the body, through urination. This can also be said of alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption ie drinking a number of glasses of beer, might seem to contain large volumes of fluid, but, you will find that it doesn’t take long to frequent the toilet on a regular basis to pass urine. This again could lead to dehydration within the body, thus causing your body to absorb essential fluids from the food in the digestive tract which in turn leads to constipation.

Therefore if you suffer from hemorrhoids be sensible, be moderate.

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