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Tips For Hemroid Relief

"Hemroids often present something of a vicious circle to those who suffer from them. On the one hand, the only way to get rid of hemroids is to make some very long term lifestyle changes. On the other hand, it's really hard to think of long term planning when you're in immediate excruciating agony. So, how do you get the peace of mind to make those lifestyle changes? By taking advantage of the large array of hemroid relief medications and techniques out there.

The first thing to look into for hemroid relief is what you've got around your house. Most people have either ibuprofen or acetaminophen in their medicine cabinets. Of course, if you can't take either one of these, then don't. However, if you're ok to take both then use whatever you've got on hand for immediate pain relief. If you're going to the pharmacy for it, then ibuprofen has a slight edge above acetaminophen. Both relieve pain, but ibuprofen also relieves inflammation. In effect, it helps with a painful, inflamed hemroid in two ways instead of just one. Prescription narcotic pain relievers are not generally recommended because narcotics tend to cause constipation, which only contributes to hemroid problems. The best oral medications really do tend to be the ones that are available over the counter.

Mechanical hemroid relief is something that many people overlook in our medication-targeted society. A simple measure such as getting a footstool to put your feet up on while going to the toilet can help immeasurably both with the pain and with solving one of the major underlying causes of hemroids, which is lack of muscle support. Other mechanical methods of relief are sitz baths and icepacks. To take a sitz bath, draw a few inches of water in your bathtub that is as hot as you can safely stand to sit in. Sit in it for twenty minutes at a time, three to four times per day. If you want to add icepacks to this, right after you get out of the bath sit on a towel-wrapped icepack for up to five minutes. Remember to never let ice touch your skin without a towel in the way, and don't sit for more than five minutes at a time. Another common mechanical hemroid relief technique is to sit on a doughnut shaped cushion, which is often available at a local pharmacy. 

Topical medication for hemroid relief is only meant for external hemroids, so the scope of it is somewhat limited. Unfortunately, you can't ever put external hemroid medication on an internal hemroid. On the bright side, external hemroids account for the vast majority of excruciatingly painful hemroid cases, so the odds are in your favor that a topical ointment may do some good. If you're going for immediate pain relief, look for a hemroid ointment that contains a medication with the suffix -caine, such as lidocaine or xylocaine. These are topical anesthetics that will numb the area immediately.

Nobody should have to put up with excruciating hemroid pain while trying to make decisions, work, or any of the other activities of daily living. There are a lot of options out there, so get the hemroid relief you need before trying to do anything through a fog of pain."

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