Here Presenting some of the Best Over The Counter Hemorrhoid Treatments methods that can reduce your hemorrhoids swelling, inflammation and helps in shrinking hemorrhoids too. A lot of hemorrhoids victims are said to be benefited with these over the counter hemorrhoids treatment, and we are pretty sure it will help you too.
However, the intensity of effect depends upon the type of piles or grade of piles you have. Because, these OTC (over the counter) hemorrhoid treatments work best for grade 1 or grade 2 piles whose swelling is within 2 Centimeter. Hemorrhoids or so-called Piles is one of the worst diseases for humans, whose traces remains for lifetime. You need to maintain a healthy routine and follow specific diet to counter the effects of hemorrhoids. Thankfully, there are plenty of herbal remedies for piles available that can alleviate the effect of piles. We at CHP always share some useful home-based treatment methods that can benefit you all. We are trying to make it a community of people affected by anal related problems like Hemorrhoids, Fistula, Fissures etc.
5 Best Over The Counter Hemorrhoid Treatments To Shrink Hemorrhoids
Earlier we have already discussed about the best hemorrhoids creams to use for immediate effect, also we had made a post on some best ointments for piles in India. Apart from ointments and creams, there are other herbal pastes and natural stuff that can be used as an OTC for hemorrhoids, Piles, Fistula and Fissures as well. Though, this list is very short, but still using any of them will make you feel better.
1. Aloe Vera For External Hemorrhoids
We have always mentioned Aloe Vera as a home remedy for piles, and as it falls in over the counter treatment list so we tried to brief its benefits in short. Aloe Vera is one stop solution to all skin related issues, let that be burning, inflammation, irritation or itching. It’s calming and healing properties make it the most acceptable medicine for thrombosed or prolapsed hemorrhoids.
Aloe Vera reduces stinging and swelling around the anus and also provides a cool sensation. Further, it regenerates damaged skin cells and tissues for quick healing. The best part about it is that Aloe Vera is easily available at cheaper price. Or you can also buy the ready-made Aloe Vera Gel available in the market or online stores like Amazon
Using Aloe Vera would be completely safe, as it has no allergic reaction. Grab an Aloe Vera Gel from the nearest store and apply directly on your affected area twice or thrice a day, or the best time would be applying before going to bed. It is better to grow an Aloe Vera plat at your home.
Besides applying it on the affected area, you can drink the Aloe Vera juice as well (not recommended for pregnant ladies), that will produce a laxative affect to ease your digestion process. Moreover, people who are suffering from colitis and appendicitis are also not advised to take it. Moreover, excess intake of Aloe Vera juice might cause loose motion.
2. Oils For Hemorrhoids
Oils, another great over the counter hemorrhoid treatment for all kinds of hemorrhoids. Some oils are very effective in reducing swelling or shrinking hemorrhoids. These oils have anti-inflammatory and anti astringent properties, so they are beneficial in hemorrhoids treatment. Although oils are applied physically over the surface, but their effect is on the inner side of the skin too. Oils can strengthen the blood vessels which further avoids relapse of the condition and rupture in the future. So indirectly oils help in bleeding piles too.
You must understand the logic that how oils can help in hemorrhoids. First of all hemorrhoids are like jammed clot of bloods in the varicose veins with a very minimal blood circulation in that area, and low blood circulation means high swelling. More is the swelling, less will be the circulation. The oils are a complex medicines with add-on benefits like antibiotic and anti-inflammatory effects. Some oils are very cold have thus have cooling effect too. These properties reduces swelling which in-turn improves blood circulation.
Essential oils for hemorrhoids includes Tea Tree Oil, Cypress Oil, Geranium Oil, Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil, Helichrysum Oil and Frankincense Oil. Among these, the best one is off course Tea Tree Oil and Cypress Oil. Tea Tree has cooling, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral so ideal choice for hemorrhoids.
Cypress Oil is known to have a healing effect on tissue and causes blood vessels, Cypress is actually a great astringent. Cypress is recommended for wounds and skins problems. Similarly, Geranium is quite effective in bleeding piles and reducing inflammation. Lavender, another medicinal oil is quite popular now a days, it has one of the best healing properties and has been used in the preparation of many homeopathic medicines too.
Sandalwood Oil has been used since ages in India, as a an Ayurveda treatment for a number of diseases. It comes from the sandalwood tree, one of the coolest trees in the world with numerous medical benefits. It is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-astringent and anti-swelling oil beneficial for all types of hemorrhoids and other skin related issues.
For a quick effect on your hemorrhoids, you can mix any three or four of these oils in a bowl( two full spoon each) and apply it on the affected area. The best combination would be Cypress Oil, Juniper Oil, Geranium Oil And Witch Hazel. Don’t forget to stir it well before the use.
3. Apply Ice & Sitz Bath Tub
Ice and Sitz Bath Tub, both can be a great over the counter hemorrhoids treatment, as both of these are used to shrink hemorrhoids and have an immediate effect on swelling. If you have hemorrhoids with swelling and itching, than apply ice on the affected area and keep it there for 5-10 minutes. Ice treatment is for any one with any kind of hemorrhoids, be it an internal hemorrhoids or an external hemorrhoids.
Moreover, Ice stops bleeding hemorrhoids too, as it’s cooling effect contracts anal muscles and which in turn controls blood flow in the anal area. Most of the daily office professional who had to sit for continuous long hours, they generally come up with little swelling due to continuous imposed pressure in the anal area; so these people can put on some ice on the anal area. This will considerably reduce the swelling. Similarly Using a sitz bath tub can make you feel better.
Recommended: First, have a warm sitz bath, that will dilate anal veins. Thereafter apply ice, which will contract those veins. 20 minutes of ice therapy will make you feel better.
The best thing about applying ice and sitz bath is that, they have no side affects just have a healing effect.
4. Hemorrhoids Ointments
Hemorrhoids Creams are prepared through proper chemical processing of various natural ingredients like Corn oil, Benzoic acid, Glycerin, Lanolin alcohols, Lanoli, Paraffin, Polypropylene, Tocopherols excipient, Methylparaben
Shark liver oil, White wax and Thymus Vulgaris. These natural substances is believed to have a magical effect on inflammation, burning sensation and swellings. Each ingredient has it’s own effect, like Phenylephrine reduces itching and swelling. Hemorrhoids ointemts lubricates anal area, which is very important to combat irritation and burning. Some of the best hemorrhoids cream includes the following
- 1. Preparation – ‘H’ Ointment
- 2. Nitroglycerin- The Ointment
- 3. Musk Ointment
- 4. Lidocaine – The Ointment
- 5. Anusol- The Ointment
These ointment has both anesthetic and analgesic impact which is very important for hemorrhoids treatment. These creams are quite effective in relieving pain as well. You can get these hemorrhoids cream online at a an affordable price range, however, Preparation ‘H’ ointment is little bit costly. But if it gives you relief then these creams are worth applying. Ointments like Anusol works on the principle of vasoconstriction which means the vessels are contracted which further reduces the discomfort.
5. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel, nature’s best astringent is one of the most effective over the counter hemorrhoid treatments with the magical affect on swellings and irritation.
Witch hazel is the principal ingredient of various homeopathic medicines for piles and ayurvedic medicines as well. Witch Hazel is the first and foremost over the counter remedy for bleeding, skin irritation and hemorrhoids.
Witch Hazel is found in North America and some parts of Asia only, however, it’s now available as a medicine in online stores like Amazon. If you have not tried this, then it’s time to give it a shot. In some countries, Witch Hazel is quite popular in treating insect bites and poison ivy. Witch Hazel is also recommended by doctors to women have has delivered her child and has swelling thereafter. Some principal constituents of the witch hazel extract include gallotannins, safrole, and calcium oxalate.
Witch hazel is the best herbal remedy for psoriasis and eczema also. You’ve probably noticed witch hazel extract in the list of ingredients in many beauty and health products as its powerful Being a good antioxidant and astringent it speeds healing, and stops the further cellular damage.
So these were some of the best over the counter hemorrhoids treatments that you should adopt. So we have listed the all major herbal, natural and medicinal remedies for physical use over the hemorrhoidal area. Home you will be benefitted with this list. Do share your experiences with us, as your feedback helps us to help you.
Health Counselor and Primary Care Physician by profession, I have 12 years experience in primary health care services. Years of practical experience in women’s health care & ANC services and study have gained me a lot of knowledge on several health issues and I wish to share these medical advice and suggestion through this blog.