The witch hazel plant provides the astringent commonly used to clean and disinfect hemorrhoids.
For people who suffer from hemorrhoid itch, probably the best treatment plan is to find the underlying cause of hemorrhoids to prevent their occurrence. There are, however, some treatments that can help minimize the itching and pain of hemorrhoids until the actual cause is determined. Topical ointments and suppositories that help reduce itching and swelling can be purchased at most pharmacies without a prescription. Keeping the rectal area very clean, especially after bowel movements, can also help lessen the severity of symptoms.
Suppositories made to reduce itching and swelling can be used to treat itchy hemorrhoids.
The two most commonly used topical ointments to treat the itching and pain of hemorrhoids are those that contain cortisone or lidocaine. Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory steroid that can help shrink hemorrhoids. As the hemorrhoids begin to subside, the itching often subsides as well. Lidocaine is primarily intended for hemorrhoid pain relief, but it also has some anti-inflammatory properties.
Hemorrhoids can be the result of severe straining during childbirth.
For quick and often immediate relief from severe hemorrhoid itching, some doctors recommend submerging the rectal area in a tub of shallow water for about half an hour. This should be done several times a day as needed. Bath water should ideally be as hot as comfortably tolerated. These baths help keep the rectum clean and can also speed up the healing process.
In some cases, hemorrhoids can be the result of serious medical conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver.
There are some natural remedies for hemorrhoid itching. Topical ointments made from witch hazel, mille-feuille, or goldenrod are considered effective treatments for hemorrhoids. The juice of the aloe plant, which has long been used as a treatment for wounds and burns, is believed to relieve the itching and pain of hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are caused by several factors, but one of the most common causes is constipation. People who suffer from chronic constipation often pass stool that is hard enough to tear rectal tissue. Doctors often recommend using stool softeners and laxatives as a short-term treatment for constipation, but long-term dietary changes are often necessary. Diets high in fiber, preferably fruits and grains, are usually suggested.
Treating constipation issues can help relieve hemorrhoids over time.
Other common causes of hemorrhoids include obesity, weight lifting and sedentary lifestyles. In some cases, hemorrhoids can be the result of serious medical conditions, including liver conditions such as cirrhosis. Pregnant women are at particularly high risk of developing hemorrhoids, in part due to weight gain and constipation, both of which are associated with pregnancy. Hemorrhoids can also be the result of severe straining during childbirth.