Treating Flare-Ups Away From Home
Sometimes it's unavoidable. You have a hemorrhoid flare-up while you're away from home. Don't panic. Packing the right products and having a plan can help you feel more in control.
When You Have to Treat Away From Home
- Attacks of hemorrhoid pain, itching and bleeding can make it worrisome to be in public. Find out where the bathrooms are in restaurants, shopping areas, theaters or public transportation ahead of time.
- Don't forget to bring Preparation H Totables with you. They're portable and discreet so you can fit them in your bag or pocket.
- Some people find it helpful to bring an extra pair of underwear.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Tips to Reduce Risk of Flare-Ups While Away From Home
A change in routine, like travel, can cause constipation. Chronic constipation can, in turn, cause swelling in the anal or rectal veins, which can lead to hemorrhoids. To avoid constipation while you're traveling, drink plenty of water, follow a balanced, high-fiber diet and exercises. Use an occasional laxative or fiber supplement if your healthcare provider recommends it.
- If you have the urge, use the bathroom as soon as you can.
- Make healthy food choices when dining out.
- Sitting for prolonged periods can cause swelling which can lead to hemorrhoids. If you're sitting for a long time, get up and move around to increase the circulation in your anal and rectal area and sit on a cushion instead of a hard surface to help reduce the swelling of existing hemorrhoids and prevent new ones.
- Standing for long periods can also cause pressure on the anal and rectal area. This extra pressure may cause hemorrhoids to flare-up or form. If you're standing, shift your weight or try to walk a little.