Health Tip: Healing Hemorrhoids

Mar. 23 -- (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.