Since hemorrhoids are always painful, you can alleviate symptoms by resting with feet and legs positioned above hip level for two 30-minute breaks a day until swelling, itching and soreness are gone.
To improve circulation to the anal veins, exercise vigorously for at least 20 minutes each day. If pain does not permit exercise, then avoid standing in one place for long periods.
Soak a cotton ball or gauze pad in a mixture of equal parts of witch hazel and aloe. Apply to hemorrhoids and leave in place for up to 15 minutes for temporary relief of symptoms.
To help strengthen anal vein walls and reduce swelling, add six to eight drops of lemon, lavender or rosemary essential oils to warm to hot bath water. Soak for up to 20 minutes and pat anal area dry.
Reading while sitting on the toilet seat can lead to excess pressure being put on the rectum and increase your chances of getting hemorrhoids. Consider reducing or eliminating reading while in the bathroom.
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