A new hemorrhoid that is swelling is best treated with an ice pack. This benefits the hemorrhoids by decreasing blood flow to the affected region and reducing swelling. In addition, the cold will numb the affected area to offer quick relief from discomfort, burning, or itching.
To provide cold treatment to the hemorrhoid, apply a cold compress to the affected region. Avoid placing the ice pack or gel pack directly on the skin since doing so may cause irritation. Wear lightweight and breathable clothing instead of denim, which may hinder cooling relief from reaching the skin.
It is best to use a cold compress between restroom breaks, and topical medication treatments are best. Proctologists often recommend applying cold treatment to external hemorrhoids since it helps regulate swelling and naturally lowers pain sensitivity and irritation. Remember that the use should never exceed 15 to 20 minutes. Longer exposure times may result in frostbite.
Alternating ice packs and sitz baths have been shown to boost hemorrhoid symptoms. Warm sitz baths facilitate the circulation of blood via the veins. After a sitz bath, applying the ice pack causes the veins to constrict, lowers swelling, and alleviates discomfort.