Hemorrhoid ointment during pregnancy or post-partum
Hemorrhoid ointments should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without the doctor’s knowledge. Breastfeeding or pregnant women who feel discomfort from hemorrhoids should see a doctor for assessment, so that the most appropriate treatment with minimal health effects can be recommended.
Speed-up hemorrhoid treatment
There are other important measures to consider when treating hemorrhoids to ensure a speedy recovery and prevent worsening of symptoms or new flare-ups. These include:
- Avoid using toilet paper so that you do not further irritate the skin
- Wash the anal area with water and soap after bowel movements
- Avoid straining with bowel movements or sitting at the toilet for too long
- Drink at least 8 cups of water per day to help soften the stool
- Ensure your diet is rich in fiber
- Pass stool whenever you have the urge to, as holding your stool in can make it harder, drier and more difficult to pass
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time to reduce pressure in the anal veins
In addition, you can relieve hemorrhoid symptoms by drinking certain teas, like horse chest nut tea or cypress tea.