Health Tip: Easing Hemorrhoid Pain

(HealthDay News) -- Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins on the anus or rectum, and may occur from straining to have a bowel movement.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these tips to help soothe hemorrhoid pain and discomfort:

  • Take a warm bath.
  • Use moistened toilet paper or a moist towelette to clean yourself after a bowel movement.
  • Apply an ice pack.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Try a topical cream -- when recommended by your doctor. Creams that help numb the area may contain witch hazel, or those that soothe itching may contain hydrocortisone.
  • Don't use a hemorrhoid medicine unless you've spoken to your doctor about it first.