5 Home Remedies for Piles

5 best home remedies for piles

Are you a person who is considering on simple home remedies for your hemorrhoids treatments? If you seek a natural remedy to help shrink them down, here’s what you need to know.

Hemorrhoids or piles are an extremely common problem. An estimated 30 percent of Indians experience them at some point in their life.

There are many ways people may try to shrink down painful hemorrhoids, which might be helpful at best or harmful at worst case scenerio.

But before you try home treatments for treating piles, proper diagnosis is critical.

“It’s important to see your doctor for bleeding, especially if you have never had hemorrhoids before,” Dr., Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran says.

Listed below are some of the simple yet effective and possible home treatments for Piles.

Water baths - Soaking in a bathtub filled with a few inches of warm water for about 15 minutes at every time after a bowel movement can ease pain and itching. “Sitz bath” which are specially available can be alternately used directly on the toilet seat to make soaking the anal region much easier. The bath tub or “sitz bath” needs to be filled with water up to 4 or 5 inches level. A handful of Epsom salt dissolved in the warm water can bring immediate relief from pain and burning sensation. To get maximum exposure of the swollen anal tissues to the bath, a sitting posture with the knees slightly raised would be ideal. To achieve this posture, one may use a foot stool to place their feet a little above the ground level. After soaking in the bath, the anal area needs to be patted dry or can even make use of a blow dryer on cool setting for a more soothing feel.

Cold compress – Swollen blood vessels of the anal region with haemorrhoids can be treated with cold packs for immediate relief. coldness can effectively shrink the inflamed tissues and give major relief from pain. Large painful haemorrhoids can highly benefit from intermittent cold compresses. A bag filled with ice and wrapped with a thin cloth around it is best suitable as a cold pack for haemorrhoid relief. Frozen ice should never be used directly over the skin as it can damage the skin. Sitting over the cold pack for 15 minutes gives utmost relief from swelling. This can be repeated every hour or as necessary, but a gap of at least ten minutes between each application would be essential to avoid ice burns or desensitization of the skin.

Witch hazel - Witch hazel is a topical astringent made from the leaves and bark of the Hamamelis Virginiana or “witch hazel” shrub. Witch Hazel is reported to contain tannins and oils with natural anti-inflammatory properties.  There is supportive evidence that Witch Hazel, used as a topical treatment for haemorrhoids can help overcome the two most worrying symptoms of piles – itching and pain. Witch Hazel is available as liquid that can be directly applied to the affected area or can be used in sanitation products like wipes and pads. Witch Hazel applied several times a day can reduce inflammation and slow bleeding thereby promoting relief from discomfort caused by haemorrhoids.

Epsom salt and glycerine - A compound made out of the two ingredients can be applied directly to the inflamed anal area to help find quick relief from painful haemorrhoids. An equal proportion of 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with 2 tablespoons of glycerine, mixed and applied to a gauze pad can be placed on the painful area. Application to be left in the area for about 15 to 20 minutes can be repeated every four to six hours during the day until the pain subsides.

Aloe vera - Aloe vera gel has been used historically to treat haemorrhoids. Anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe Vera is known to help reduce irritation and find soothing comfort in conditions of haemorrhoids.  According to the National centre for complimentary and integrated health trusted source, topical application of Aloe Vera gel directly to the affected anal area is the safest natural ingredient for controlling symptoms of piles. Although there are products available with Aloe Vera as one of the many ingredients, it is suggested that pure Aloe Vera gel could be the best suitable remedy for piles and its symptoms. Pure Aloe Vera gel hygienically extracted directly from the plant leaf would be ideal for external use.

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