Can I Fix Hemorrhoids on My Own?

Can I Fix Hemorrhoids on My Own?

Although hemorrhoids are common, they're uncommonly talked about — so you may not know how to handle them on your first go around. You’re likely on the toilet with your phone in hand, searching for articles like this one, and wondering how you’re going to treat this problem. With this uncomfortable and distressing condition being a very private matter, a lot of people wonder if they can address their concerns on their own without seeking medical intervention. Well, lucky for you, at Sitzology, we believe in empowering our community with knowledge for their wellbeing. So, let’s explore the self-care options available, including some from us, to help you understand how you can manage hemorrhoids effectively from the comfort of your home.


Understanding Hemorrhoids:

First, before we go deep, it's crucial to understand what hemorrhoids are and how they can affect you. Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that can develop in the rectal area. There are both internal and external hemorrhoids — and external tend to more often be the culprit when it comes to discomfort, itching, and pain. Hemorrhoids can be caused by factors such as constipation, pregnancy, or prolonged sitting.

Now, back to the question at hand: Can I Fix Hemorrhoids on My Own?

Here are some ways to not only make sure your current hemorrhoids don’t get worse, but also some lifestyle alterations to prevent them in the future:


Avoid Prolonged Sitting On Your Butt or Standing:

Long periods of sitting or standing can make hemorrhoid symptoms worse by increasing pressure on the affected area. If your work or daily activities involve extended periods of sitting, make a conscious effort to take breaks and walk around periodically. Alternatively, if your job requires standing for extended periods, consider elevating one foot on a stool or platform to reduce pressure on the rectal veins. Whew, relief!

Stay Hydrated and Get Your Fiber:

This is one of those lifestyle changes that can really help keep hemorrhoids away if it was the root of the problem. Adequate hydration and a diet rich in fiber are essential for promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation. Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day, as dehydration can contribute to hard stools and straining during bowel movements. Include fiber-packed foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes in your diet. High-fiber foods add bulk to stools, making them easier to pass and reducing the risk of irritation to hemorrhoid-prone areas.

Self-Care with a Sitz Bath:

A sitz bath is a therapeutic soak that involves immersing the affected area in warm water. Our natural sitz bath salts are the perfect add-in — specially formulated to provide soothing relief, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. The warm water helps to improve blood flow, reducing discomfort and irritation.

Using Sitz Bath Salts Effectively: To make the most of your sitz bath experience, follow these steps:

  1. Fill a shallow basin or bathtub with warm water (not hot) and add sitz bath salts as per the instructions.
  2. Sit in the water, ensuring the affected area is submerged for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Pat the area dry gently after the bath.
  4. Repeat the sitz bath 2-3 times a day or as needed for relief.

Practice Good Hygiene:

Maintaining proper hygiene is essential to prevent infection and reduce irritation. After each bowel movement, gently clean the anal area with mild, unscented soap and water. Avoid using rough toilet paper, as it can further irritate sensitive skin. Instead, opt for soft, unscented wipes or consider rinsing with a bidet or a squeeze bottle of warm water.

Get Loose:

Wearing tight clothing, especially around the waist and buttocks, can trap moisture and increase discomfort. Opt for loose-fitting, breathable clothing made of natural fibers like cotton. Loose clothing allows air circulation and reduces friction, promoting better healing and overall comfort.

Know When to Seek Medical Attention:

While self-care measures can provide relief for mild hemorrhoid discomfort, it's essential to recognize when medical attention is necessary. If you experience severe pain, bleeding, or if your symptoms persist despite self-care efforts, please consult a healthcare professional for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan.

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