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Treating hemorrhoidal discomfort now

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So, here’s the thing, symptomatic hemorrhoids is often a chronic condition. It doesn’t just go away. If you have this condition, you’ll experience occasional flare-ups, causing pain, itching, irritation, burning, and sometimes bleeding. Don’t worry, when you experience a flair-up, you can turn to Preparation H and some simple, at-home treatments to ease your symptoms.

How to fight flare-ups

  1. Use topical treatments
    Over-the counter products like Preparation H can provide relief for many symptoms of hemorrhoidal discomfort, including pain, burning and itching. You can find the right treatment for you with our Relief Finder.
  2. Soak in warm water
    To soothe symptoms and reduce the risk of flare-ups, soak the anal area in warm water or try a sitz bath, sitting on a folded bath towel in a tub with a few inches of warm water for 15 minutes. Avoid soap as it may aggravate your flare-up. Afterward, gently pat the area dry.
  3. Avoid dry toilet paper if it causes irritation
    If dry toilet paper is irritating, you can gently clean the area with Preparation H Medicated Wipes up to 6 times a day or after each bowel movement. They’re flushable and provide gentle cleansing relief at home or on-the-go.
  4. Use a Comfort Cushion
    Cushions can help relieve hemorrhoidal pressure, particularly if you sit for extended periods of time.
  5. Apply cold or moist compress
    To reduce swelling, apply a cold compress or ice packs wrapped in a towel directly to the external area for up to 10 minutes. Or you can use Preparation H Medicated Wipes as a moist compress by placing the wipe in contact with the anal area for up to 15 minutes. Repeat as needed.
  6. See your doctor
    If your symptoms are severe or not getting better, consult your doctor.