Home remedies for hemorrhoids include dabbing the anus gently with dampened toilet paper, using soaps free of perfumes or dyes, applying ice to the anal area several times a day and taking nonprescription pain relievers, notes WebMD. Soaking the anal area in sitz bath may also relieve the problem.
Patients should avoid rubbing the anal area, states WebMD. Individuals with this problem should instead rinse off the area in a shower or on a bidet, then softly pat the area with a tender, absorbent cloth or towel. Wearing of cotton underwear or other loose clothing keeps moisture way from the anal area, resulting in taking pressure off the anal area and thus aid in healing.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen, may help in reducing pain and swelling of the anal parts, explains WebMD. Acetaminophen such as Tylenol may also alleviate the pain. The patient should strictly follow instructions on the labels of the drugs and consult a medical expert prior to using these drugs.
People with hemorrhoids should neither sit nor stand for prolonged periods of time, because this may exacerbate the condition, advises WebMD. These patients should sit on pillows and abstain from lifting heavy objects. Enough bed rest while lying on the stomach, with a pillow under the hips relieves the inflamed anal parts and reduces swelling. Pregnant women should sleep on one side.