External Hemorrhoids Pain Relief

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External Hemorrhoids Pain Relief

There is no getting around it: Hemorrhoids hurt. It's hard to say which hurts worse, internal or external; however, if you have external haemorrhoids you literally have to sit on them, which definitely smarts. If you aren't yet to the point where you want to have traditional hemorrhoidectomy or the latest form of removal, laser surgery (and there are several laser options available), here are some external haemorrhoid pain-relief techniques that you can use in the meantime.

Doughnut Cushion

Sit on an inner tube (a doughnut cushion), which spreads your buttocks and lifts the haemorrhoid area off the seat. Don't use a doughnut cushion for long prolonged periods of time, because it can interfere with blood flow to the rectal area, which could result in pressure problems, according to Thinkandheal.com (see References).

Aloe Vera

Apply aloe vera gel or cream directly onto your external haemorrhoid. According to Provenhealthrememdies.com (see References), this will ease swelling, which causes the pressure and pain.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel has long been used as an effective pain reliever for external haemorrhoids. Put some on a cotton ball and dab the cotton ball against your haemorrhoids or put some witch hazel in a spray bottle and mist your haemorrhoids with it. Better yet, put the spray bottle filled with witch hazel into your refrigerator until it gets cold and then use it. The coldness will provide added relief.

Fleet Pads

Buy over-the-counter Fleet Pain Relief Anorectal Pads and use them. These medicated pads will stop pain and soreness on contact because the pads are moistened with one per cent pramoxine hydrochloride and 12 per cent glycerine, according to Supplementnews.org (see References).


Apply glycerine to your external haemorrhoids. Glycerine protects the skin and will create a protective barrier over haemorrhoids, allowing them to heal. Glycerine will prevent the drying out of tissues and will reduce itching.

Sitz Bath

Use a sitz bath or just sit in a warm tub of water, which should provide you some temporary relief. A sitz bath can be purchased and attached to the top of your toilet seat. You place your bottom into the sitz bath, which is filled with warm water. Remember to use proper hygiene when you have haemorrhoids. Wiping with moist wipes will be easier on your haemorrhoids than using regular toilet paper. Keep yourself clean at all times.

Other Options

If none of these techniques work, you may want to consider undergoing a hemorrhoidectomy, which is a surgical procedure. There are also laser procedures available and the option of band ligation, where the haemorrhoids are tied off with a rubber band. This cuts off the blood flow to the haemorrhoids and they will fall off in a couple of day.

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