How to Numb the Pain of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are caused by swollen veins within the rectum that cause bulging, burning and pain at the site 2. Hemorrhoids can be brought about by straining during bouts of constipation as well as excess pressure on the lower extremities during pregnancy. Treatments can numb hemorrhoids, providing much needed relief from bleeding, itching and burning. Always consult your physician if you experience tarry, bloody stools, or chronic pain and constipation.
Apply an ice pack to your hemorrhoids to relieve swelling and pain. The cold from the ice pack numbs the area temporarily, and causes swollen veins to constrict, relieving inflammation.
Apply witch hazel pads or liquid to your hemorrhoids at every bathroom visit. Witch hazel cools and numbs hemorrhoids while helping them to heal.
Apply an over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream containing hydrocortisone or a numbing agent such as lidocane. These creams treat not only the pain, but also relieve itching associated with hemorrhoids.
Soak in a tub of warm water or purchase a sitz bath from your local pharmacy. A sitz bath is a basin that fits on your toilet and is filled with warm water, allowing the heat to ease pain and swelling from hemorrhoids 2. Use warm water therapy for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day.
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