Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are veins in the rectum that get big. These veins can get blocked. Blocked veins become puffy (swollen) and painful.

HOME CARE

  • Eat more fiber.

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

  • Exercise often.

  • Avoid straining to poop (bowel movement).

  • Keep the butt area dry and clean.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

If your hemorrhoids are puffy and painful:

  • Take a warm bath for 20 to 30 minutes. Do this 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Place ice packs on the area. Use the ice packs between the baths.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

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

  • Go to the bathroom when your body has the urge to poop. This is so you do not strain as much to poop.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have increasing pain that is not controlled with medicine.

  • You have uncontrolled bleeding.

  • You cannot poop.

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

  • You have chills.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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