1. Go as soon as you have the urge
If you are having a flare-up, you may want to resist the urge to use the bathroom because it hurts. However, it's important to go as soon as you feel the urge. Holding it in may contribute to chronic constipation.
2. Set aside time to use the bathroom
To avoid constipation, train your body to have regular bowel movements by using the bathroom at the same time each day—preferably when you have time for an undisturbed visit.
3. Keep the area clean
Keeping the anal and rectal area clean prevents irritation. Use PREPARATION H Medicated Wipes daily for a gentle clean.
1. Don't strain
Straining puts additional pressure on your rectum, which can cause hemorrhoids. When you use the bathroom, try not to strain, push down or hold your breath.
2. Don't sit for long periods of time
Don't sit on the toilet for more than five minutes at a time. The pressure on your rectum can cause hemorrhoids or make existing hemorrhoids worse. If nothing happens, get up, walk around and relax before trying again.
3. Don't use dry toilet paper if it is irritating
If dry toilet paper irritates sensitive skin, after a bowel movement use moistened wipes, like PREPARATION H Medicated Wipes for gentle, everyday cleansing to reduce irritation. They can be used every day.