According to WebMD, the most effective means of treating hemorrhoids are a series of lifestyle changes that improve bowel habits and prevent them from getting worse. Several over-the-counter medicines help alleviate some of the symptoms and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids.Continue Reading
According to WebMD, to prevent hemorrhoids from getting worse, avoid wiping after bowel movements. Instead, blot gently with toilet paper moistened with water or a cleansing agent such as Balneol, or use baby wipes or other types of pre-moistened towels, such as Tucks. Another way to avoid rubbing the anus region is to rinse the area with a bidet or in the shower. Then, pat the area dry with a soft towel.
WebMD also suggests using soaps free of perfumes and dyes while showering. Tylenol can be taken to decrease the pain associated with hemorrhoids, and anti-inflammatory medications, such as Aspirin or Aleve, help decrease the itching involved. Placing ice on the area a few times a day for 10-minute intervals may also alleviate some symptoms. After placing ice, WebMD recommends putting a warm compress on the region for 10 to 20 minutes. Finally, it is important to avoid undue pressure in the anal region. Wear loose-fitting clothing and avoid sitting for extended periods of time.Learn more about Gastrointestinal Issues