Hemorrhoids

ExitCare ImageHemorrhoids are puffy (swollen) veins around the rectum or anus. Hemorrhoids can cause pain, itching, bleeding, or irritation.

HOME CARE

  • Eat foods with fiber, such as whole grains, beans, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Ask your doctor about taking products with added fiber in them (fiber supplements). 

  • Drink enough fluid to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Exercise often.

  • Go to the bathroom when you have the urge to poop. Do not wait.

  • Avoid straining to poop (bowel movement).

  • Keep the butt area dry and clean. Use wet toilet paper or moist paper towels.

  • Medicated creams and medicine inserted into the anus (anal suppository) may be used or applied as told.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Take a warm water bath (sitz bath) for 15–20 minutes to ease pain. Do this 3–4 times a day.

  • Place ice packs on the area if it is tender or puffy. Use the ice packs between the warm water baths.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day.

  • Do not use a donut-shaped pillow or sit on the toilet for a long time.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have more pain that is not controlled by treatment or medicine.

  • You have bleeding that will not stop.

  • You have trouble or are unable to poop (bowel movement).

  • You have pain or puffiness outside the area of the hemorrhoids.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.