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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use a Comfort Cushion
Cushions can help relieve hemorrhoidal pressure, particularly if you sit for extended periods of time.
- 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.
- See your doctor
If your symptoms are severe or not getting better, consult your doctor.