Are you considering desitin for your hemorrhoids? If you want a natural remedy to help shrink them down, here’s what you need to know.
“First, realize that hemorrhoids normally do not hurt, but may bleed painlessly, says colorectal surgeon Massarat Zutshi, MD.
She says that if they do hurt, the hemorrhoids may have moved to the outside of the anal canal (or prolapsed) during a bowel movement and become enlarged. If, in addition, hemorrhoids develop a blood clot, (or become thrombosed), they can become especially painful.
People use desitin for hemorrhoids to shrink down painful hemorrhoids, which might be helpful at best or harmful at worst.
But before you try home treatments, proper diagnosis is critical. “It’s important to see your doctor for bleeding, especially if you have never had hemorrhoids before,” Dr., Zutshi says.
Here are seven possible home treatments for hemorrhoids. Dr. Zutshi comments about each:
1. Sitz baths
Generally, experts recommend people with painful hemorrhoids sit in warm water for 15 minutes, several times a day — especially after a bowel movement.
Doctor’s advice: Yes, this is one of the best treatments. A sitz bath is generally available at a local pharmacy; this small bowl fits right over your toilet and offers a convenient way to soak and soothe the area.
2. Witch hazel
Witch hazel is reputed to reduce pain, itching and bleeding until hemorrhoids fade out. There isn’t much scientific support for its use but it does contain tannins and oils that may help bring down inflammation and slow bleeding. Supporters say it tightens the skin as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Doctor’s advice: It’s OK to use directly on the hemorrhoids.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Some people say that apple cider vinegar can bring instant relief to hemorrhoids, reducing itching and pain.
Doctor’s advice: Don’t use this remedy as it may burn the skin with overuse and exacerbate problems.
4. Psyllium husk
Psyllium husk is a supplement that helps increase your fiber intake, and softens stools to make them easier to pass. Be careful not to increase fiber too much, too quickly, as it may also cause gas or stomach cramping.
Doctor’s advice: Use this to soften stool and make bowel movements more regular. It won’t affect hemorrhoids at a local level, but it does regulate your bowels. Be sure to drink plenty of water if you take this supplement.
5. Aloe vera
The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera may help soothe inflammation of hemorrhoids. Although research isn’t available for its use for hemorrhoids specifically, it has shown some benefit for other inflammatory skin conditions.