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The pain and itch of inflamed hemorrhoids can cause many people to be too embarrassed to seek treatment. Home remedies that will help to shrink the hemorrhoids in the privacy of your own home will give you the relief that you need. Hemorrhoids usually return even after they heal on their own. Home remedies can be used repeatedly as needed to shrink hemorrhoids.

Ice and Warmth

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An inflamed swollen vein around the anus, which results in a throbbing itching pain, causes hemorrhoids. Ice applied to the area can reduce the swelling and inflammation of hemorrhoids. Ice reduces the amount of blood that is flowing to the area that will result in a reduction of the inflammation and shrink hemorrhoids.

Warmth can be applied to hemorrhoids as well to relieve the pain and itch. Switching back and forth between ice and warmth is an effective treatment for swollen hemorrhoid tissues.

Herbal Treatments

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Apple cider vinegar applied to the hemorrhoids two to three times a day will help to reduce the size of hemorrhoids. This technique may take a few days to see results. You can also add apple cider vinegar to your bath to combine techniques for shrinking hemorrhoids.

Witch Hazel in a sitz bath is an effective treatment for shrinking hemorrhoids. Yarrow, bayberry, yellowroot, oak bark and sage are herbs that can be used to shrink your hemorrhoids as well.

Baths and Sitz Baths

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Soaking the swollen tissue in warm water will also relieve the pain and itch of hemorrhoids. A sitz bath is simply soaking the area in warm water, but there are special sitz baths that are found at the drug store that will fit right over the toilet. Using a sitz bath a couple of times a day will help to reduce the swelling of hemorrhoids.

Add salt to the water to help promote healing of your hemorrhoids. Soak in the bath for about twenty to thirty minutes every day for the best results. Use a sitz bath tea added to your bath that contains raspberry leaves, lady’s mantle, stone root, figwort, rich week or horse chestnut to promote the healing of hemorrhoids.


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Prolonged periods of sitting can cause pressure on the veins that are swollen and inflamed. Exercise and getting up occasionally throughout the day can relieve some of the pressure on the area. Constant pressure may prolong the time it takes for hemorrhoids to heal and shrink.

Exercise and a healthy lifestyle can also help to prevent hemorrhoids from occurring by reducing the possibility of constipation. Constipation and straining during bowel movements are the number one cause of hemorrhoids and can cause the symptoms and swelling to last much longer.


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Hemorrhoids will eventually shrink on its own, but there are some things that you can do to prevent them from coming back again. Eat plenty of fiber in your diet to avoid straining and constipation. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and difficult bowel movements.

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Luanne Kelchner

Luanne Kelchner works out of Daytona Beach, Florida and has been freelance writing full time since 2008. Her ghostwriting work has covered a variety of topics but mainly focuses on health and home improvement articles. Kelchner has a degree from Southern New Hampshire University in English language and literature.