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Nursing Beyond the Vital Signs

Nursing is so much more than simply popping a thermometer in a patient's mouth or recording a blood pressure. In my time as a nurse, I have participated in life saving efforts when time was critical, I have held a mother's hands when her newborn baby was being prepped for surgery, and I have looked into the terrified eyes of an elderly person in pain. Nurses literally go into battle, serving in military operations all over the world. They also learn and implement the latest in medical technology. This blog is to highlight nurses and prove that they deserve respect and appreciation for all that they do.

Home Remedies For Hemorrhoids That Actually Work

Painful itching, burning, and the constant urge to stop by the nearest restroom are all telltale indications that you are dealing with the ever-dreadful problem of hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are actually irritated varicose veins surrounding the anus. This sore spot may be one that you don't talk about with your friends, and may never bring up to the doctor, but it is definitely an issue that you will want to find relief from quickly. Thankfully, there are a few home remedies that can actually help you find some relief from hemorrhoids. 

Grab some ice and chill for a bit. 

Get a cold pack from the freezer, fill a baggie with crushed ice, or even grab a bag of frozen peas and have a seat, placing the cold pack right where the pain is the worst. This may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but the cold can help to reduce the swelling of the hemorrhoids, and, therefore, help alleviate some of the pain and pressure that you are feeling. There are actually cold capsules that you can but over the counter which are designed to be used like a suppository and have cold gel inside, but chilling the hemorrhoids from the outside can offer some relief. 

Save the banana peel. 

Believe it or not, banana peel seems to actually be effective at helping some people find relief from their hemorrhoids. You are likely questioning the act of trying to get a banana peel to stay put for any amount of time, but there are ways that you can reap the benefits from the peeling without actually trying to sit on the peel itself. You can:

  • scrape the inside of the banana peel into a bowl and mix it with petroleum jelly to create an easy-to-apply balm. 
  • mix the inside of a banana peel in a food processor along with itch hazel or even water and soak a gauze strip in the solution. Apply the strip to the irritated area. 

Use coconut oil for relief. 

If you have it on hand, coconut oil makes an excellent home remedy for hemorrhoids. Apply the coconut oil directly to the hemorrhoids if they are external and you should see a noticeable difference in the amount of burning and soreness that you feel in the area. 

Even though hemorrhoids can be a real pain, there are a few things that you can do to help find some relief beyond just soaking in a sitz bath. Talk to your doctor for more information about finding relief from your painful hemorrhoids.