Developing a hemorrhoid problem at some point is very common, particularly as we grow older. Although not dangerous, or a serious threat to your health, trying to shrink swollen hemorrhoids that are burning or itching can prove to be a stressful, awkward as sometimes agonizing experience. Especially when you have badly inflamed capillaries showing externally, this can make the simple act of defecation an unbearable experience. Swelling and pain is often seen and felt along with itchiness and sometimes bleeding. With an internal hemorrhoid, this kind of discomfort can also be felt when passing stools.
A terrific tip for fast relief from the itch and burn of hemorrhoid swellings, is to apply a cold compress to the troubled spot. This will cool the blood vessels and constrict them. Several application daily (up to 15 minutes at a time) will help decrease your symptoms. Do not simply grab a handful of ice and place it on your tender part. This would be dangerous. Cover the ice in a cloth or use a store bought compress before any application to the hemorrhoid area.
The extract of witch hazel (a natural herbal astringent) is widely used for the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties it holds. It can be highly useful as a fast acting anti-itch agent, and to help shrink hemorrhoids to some extent. Because it is natural and safe you will find it commercially available in the form of suppositories, pads, creams and wipes. Hemorrhoid sufferers also put some witch hazel drops on a cotton ball and apply directly to the inflamed area for up to 10 minutes at a time. This can be done regularly for symptomatic relief and to help reduce swellings. If buying a bottle of witch hazel, it should be in alcohol free, pure extract form, to minimize any chance of causing an unwanted reaction.
Anti-inflammatory ointments and suppositories
Consult with your doctor regarding steroid containing topical ointments or suppositories for anti-inflammation, numbing and pain management. For quick relief during difficult times, such products (designed for short term use only) reduce the pain associated with swollen hemorrhoids.
A sitz bath can one of the best natural ways to prevent hemorrhoids deteriorating into a more severe case. Often people find that regular immersions help reduce swellings while the warm water (not overly hot) also significantly decreases any itching. This is such a popular hemorrhoid treatment. Repeated testimonials report on the relief giving effects and hemorrhoid shrinkage associated with regular daily sitz bath immersions.
In order to soak the buttocks, people use bath tubs, larger basins and toilet bowel attachments (that can be bought fairly cheaply). Soaking for a duration of up to 20 minutes at a time is an effective and relaxing way to treat your hemorrhoid condition.
Other Natural Treatments
While fast relief options are often needed, you must seek out further information on the recommended protocols on diet, hygiene and lifestyle changes that can help bring about a more lasting recovery. You will find more details on how to shrink hemorrhoids in the natural recommended way, covering these topics from authoritative sources online. A permanent recovery from a mild to moderate stage of hemorrhoids can often be achieved fairly quickly if you put knowledge of such home treatments into practice.
In some cases, for whatever reason, natural treatments are not enough, and surgical intervention of some sort is required to shrink the hemorrhoid. If you have tried all the natural prescribed methods and medications and are not having any success, or you see that the hemorrhoid is becoming thrombosed, you must make an appointment as soon as possible with a doctor. If they feel surgery is required, they will send you to a specialist to get treatment.