This is called a thrombosed hemorrhoid. If you suspect you have a hemorrhoid, it’s important to know the symptoms of this condition. Here are the signs of internal and external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids: The most obvious symptom of internal hemorrhoids is bright red rectal bleeding with your bowel movements. External hemorrhoids: External hemorrhoids can cause itching and burning in the anal area. They often cause pain, and sometimes bleed, especially when wiping after a bowel movement. Sometimes, external hemorrhoids make sitting very uncomfortable.
In most cases, hemorrhoids can be treated at home, using methods that soothe or reduce pain, inflammation, swelling, itching and pressure. This section describes some of the steps you can take at home to feel better. Although it can be painful to wipe the anal area when there’s a hemorrhoid present, one of the most important steps you can take to begin healing is keeping it as clean as possible. Gently wash it with a soft washcloth, warm water and mild soap. Rinse well, and pat dry using a clean washcloth or very soft toilet tissue. Several topical treatments can relieve hemorrhoid swelling and pain.
Some can be purchased at the drugstore, and some are probably in your kitchen. Witch hazel: Tucks Medicated Pads contain witch hazel, which is an astringent. You can also purchase witch hazel water and apply it to the anal area using a cotton ball or soft pad. Aloe vera: Aloe vera is lubricating and soothing. You can purchase aloe vera gel at the drugstore, just make sure it’s not in a cream with other ingredients. If you have an aloe plant, break off a small piece, squeeze out the gel inside, and apply it to the area.
Apply an Epsom salt and glycerin paste. Apply the paste to a gauze pad and place it over the affected area. Leave the paste on for 15-20 minutes. You can reapply the paste every 4-6 hours until your pain subsides. Drinking water will soften your stools, making them easier to pass and reducing the urge to strain, which can potentially worsen your hemorrhoids. When you suspect a hemorrhoid, increase your water intake to 8 to 11. Fiber is another excellent stool softener, and it helps keep your stool moving normally though your intestines. You can add it to your diet by eating high-fiber foods, by using a fiber supplement, or both. Or, you can try over-the-counter psyllium fiber supplements like Citrucel or Metamucil.
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