By taking a few simple steps you can relieve symptoms of hemorrhoids and prevent them from coming back. Some treatments involve simple products available from your local grocery store or pharmacy. Other treatments involve making changes in your diet and exercise habits, which can help ease constipation and straining during bowel movements, a primary cause of hemorrhoids.
1. Use water therapeutically
Water can be very soothing to inflamed, painful and itchy hemorrhoids. You may get relief from applying cold compresses or soaking your rectal area in warm water for about 10 minutes several times a day. A sitz bath, which fits over the toilet for this purpose, is a product sold at most pharmacies. Many people find that wiping gently with moist towelettes, instead of toilet paper, is beneficial and convenient.