Hemorrhoids can be among the most embarrassing and frustrating issues a person can face. While many think hemorrhoids are nothing more than good material for jokes, those who have suffered with hemorrhoids know there is nothing funny about them. Around 50% of adults have dealt with hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. while I have yet to find a cure for the issue, I’ve found many ways to calm symptoms over the past six years of dealing with the issue.
While creams like Preparation H can give quick relief, they rarely calm the symptoms for long. I’ve found success with Tuck’s Pads. These pads are medicated with witch hazel and give immediate and lasting comfort to the swollen area. I’ve found that use of the pads can stop symptoms for hours at a time, making it possible for me to work long shifts. I’d recommend placing a few in a zip-lock bag and keeping them in your purse or glove compartment.
If your hemorrhoid issues are beyond the aid of simple over-the-counter medications, you may need to seek a more herbal solution. Applying Apple Cider Vinegar directly to the hemorrhoid with the use of a cotton swab is a great way to shrink them. Use caution, this method will sting worse than any sting you’ve felt in your life. The area will burn fiercely for a few minutes but the symptoms will stop there. The itching and pain associated with the hemorrhoids will stop almost instantly.
Despite popular belief, fiber supplements can help you greatly in your battle with hemorrhoids. While many believe fiber merely hardens your stool, it actually helps regulate your bowel movements which can eliminate the straining that causes hemorrhoids. It may seem odd but it helps. I use the Wal-Mart brand of fiber pills that ranger around four dollars and work just as well as the name brands.
If you’re dealing with hemorrhoids, I feel your pain. Having dealt with the issue for over six years, I have used these methods to relieve my symptoms. While it seems surgery may be the only sure way to get rid of hemorrhoids, I’ve seen reports of the issue recurring even after surgery. Please take these remedies into consideration if you too deal live with hemorrhoids.