Taking aspirin or any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can cause more bleeding so if you really need nonprescription pain reliever, make sure to use the one that is not a NSAID like acetaminophen or Tylenol.
To avoid aggravating your hemorrhoids and to lessen the symptoms of this condition, you can take the following suggestions.
After a bowel movement, gently clean your anus with white toilet paper moistened with cleansing agent like Balneol or just water. Baby wipes can also be used. Also keep in mind to keep away from rubbing the rectal area. If possible, wipe and cleanse off in the shower using unscented and uncolored soaps, instead of using toilet paper. After washing, use a soft and absorbent towel in drying your anal area.
To relieve the pain and itching, you can put ice on for 10 minutes at a time, alternating it with warm compression for another 10 to 20 minutes. Do this procedure a couple of times a day.
Taking sitz bath is also advisable. Fill up your bathtub with warm water enough to cover the whole anal area and soak yourself for about 15 minutes. Do this as many times as you can, especially after having bowel movements. Do not use water that is too hot.
Other home treatment measures include taking a day or a few days of rest to remove the pressure from the inflamed and irritated veins. If you are pregnant for about 3 to 6 months, it is suggested to lie on your side. If you are not pregnant, you can sleep on your stomach to decrease the inflammation of hemorrhoids. Put also a pillow under your hips.
Lifting heavy object, and sitting or standing for a long time must be avoided. If you cannot avoid sitting for a long time, use a pillow. Although it is not advisable to use a ring or doughnut cushion because it restrict the flow of bleed; thus, making your hemorrhoid worse.
To prevent from moisture buildup, make sure to wear cotton underwear and wearing loose clothing will also reduce the pressure on the anal area.