Thursday, May 17, 2007

Health Tip: Healing Hemorrhoids

(HealthDay News) -- Hemorrhoids occur when veins in the rectum become swollen and painful.

Symptoms may include tender bumps near the anus, or blood found on toilet paper after a bowel movement.

Here are suggestions on how to help them heal and ease the pain, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:
Sit in a warm bath.
Use baby wipes or moist toilet paper after each bowel movement.
Use ice packs on the area to reduce swelling.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease pain.
Apply a cream that contains witch hazel, or a hydrocortisone cream to relieve pain and itch.
The academy says you should talk with your doctor before using any hemorrhoid medication.

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