As almost any pregnant woman can attest, hemorrhoids are no laughing matter. However, embarrassment over the condition and unwillingness to ask questions often leaves people with no idea how to treat the problem. Generally, the most mild forms of hemorrhoids will heal themselves, but people often find it necessary to treat the symptoms while waiting for natural healing. Treating the symptoms is more a matter of personal comfort than medical need.

Hemorrhoids are swollen and painful blood vessels around the rectum, usually further irritated by constipation so the most recommended treatment is more for the constipation that the hemorrhoids themselves. Doctors recommend doses of fiber and lots of water to loosen the bowels and allow people to avoid irritating the hemorrhoids.

The second most common form of treatment comes from over the counter medication. Manufactured under several brand names, one common treatment for hemorrhoids are anti-inflammatory pads or wipes. These items allow a person to smear an anti-inflammatory directly on the affected area and give immediate relief to the discomfort caused by the hemorrhoids. Generally, due to the swelling, hemorrhoids are hot and the anti-inflammatory treatments provide a form of cooling relief. The same type of medication is also available in an ointment. The ointment is designed to reduce swelling and remove the heat from the area.

An herbal treatment for hemorrhoids with the same basic idea is to treat the area with the gel from inside an aloe vera plant. Pre-packaged aloe will also work. The idea is basically the same as treating a burn. Another herbal treatment for hemorrhoids is rose hip tea. The tea is supposed to remove the swelling internally as well as relaxing the patient so that they can begin to heal.

Patients suffering for hemorrhoids are also encouraged to take baths in warm water for 15 minutes twice a day to ease the discomfort and promote healing.

Modern medicine’s contribution to the treatment of hemorrhoids is the creation of a cold-applicator. Small cryogenic applicators are used to place cold directly on hemorrhoid to ease the pain and swelling. This treatment is reserved for more severe cases as is the option of surgery. In past decades, hemorrhoid surgery was the defined treatment for extreme cases or cases that did not heal on their own. Now, surgery is the treatment of last resort when other efforts to minimize the suffering from hemorrhoids have failed.

As with many other illnesses, doctors recommend prevention as the best option, but acknowledge that this cannot always be the case as there appears to be some genetic predisposition to hemorrhoids. But for those without the genetic calling to hemorrhoids, the best treatment is to eat a diet healthy in fiber and to remain hydrated as a way to avoid constipation. Constipation though not a cause of hemorrhoids is often a contributing factor and straining to use the bathroom can cause the problem to worsen