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Can you treat bleeding hemorrhoids at home?

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Hemorrhoids that cause rectal bleeding often require screening for polyps or cancer in the bowel, but patients with clear screenings treat hemorrhoids at home with added dietary fiber, exercise and topical medications, notes Harvard Medical School. If home treatment is not successful, doctors have additional strategies.

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Adding fiber to the diet makes stools softer and eases the process of passing them. Foods such as broccoli, fresh fruit, oat bran and whole grains all are high in fiber. Supplements such as Fiber Con and Metamucil also bolster fiber in the diet. Taken together, these make stools less irritating to the bowel, according to Harvard Medical School.

Exercise as moderate as a brisk 20-minute walk each day helps to boost bowel function, making straining unnecessary. When it's time to defecate, it's helpful to make the time to go as soon as possible. Setting an established time for bowel movements each day makes a habit to which the body adapts. Witch hazel pads soothe discomfort on the hemorrhoid and have no risk of side effects. Suppositories and creams that contain hydrocortisone are safe when used for less than a week at a time and provide pain relief as well, reports Harvard Medical School. Taken together, these treatments help hemorrhoids stop bleeding and gradually disappear.

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