Eat better. Something that everyone can do to help with hemroid relief is eating more fiber. When you first get diagnosed with hemorrhoids, this is most likely the first suggestion that your hemorrhoid doctor will make. People with grade I and II hemorrhoids can achieve significant results with diet alone. Fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and high fiber cereals and breads are the best source of fiber, but if you’re still having a hard time getting enough fiber in your diet, then try a bulk fiber like Metamucil or Citrucel. They come as powders that you can sprinkle on your regular food or in flavored drinks. Fiber helps to reduce staining and makes stools softer, both of these things are important in dealing with hemorrhoids. Increasing your fiber intake can cause gas and bloating in some people, so start slowly allowing time for your body to adjust.
Get enough water. When you start upping your fiber intake you’ll also want to start drinking more fiber, 6 – 8 glasses of water a day.
Exercise. Not only does exercise help reduce stress and promote better sleeping but it can also help promote better bowel functioning.
Develop better bathroom habits. Don’t read or spend too much time on the toilet; doing this is not healthy. Also don’t put off or hold it in when you sense you need to have a bowel movements. Ideally you should pass stools quickly with no effort and the stools should be soft. Bowel movements should pass at least every 1-3 days with it being preferable to pass stools at least once a day.
Sitz baths. Sitz tubs are designed to be used sitting up while submerging the buttocks and hips. Doing a sitz bath 2-3 times a day and directly after bowel movements can help relax the anal muscles and help reduce the irritation associated with hemorrhoids.
Topical creams. There are a lot of creams and medications readily available at most corner drugstores that help reduce swelling, minimize itching and burning. These medications aren’t considered a long term solution; they should only be used for about a week because long term usage can cause the skin to atrophy.