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Dear Pharmacist: I have hemorrhoids that are very uncomfortable. What can I do to treat them and prevent the flare-ups? - J.C., Ocala

Dear J.C.: Hemorrhoids are blood vessels that have become swollen around the rectum. They most often are triggered by straining on the toilet. Straining occurs because of constipation, often the result of consuming processed foods and too little fiber.

Hemorrhoids are very treatable.

Drinking water is important. Here are other tips and remedies.

Ice: Apply an ice pack to the area for 10 minutes, three or four times daily.

Probiotics: These supplements provide your intestines with a friendly camp of healthy bacteria and improve digestion and elimination. Take probiotics with anything else on this list.

Creams: Pharmacies carry products to relieve pain, itching and inflammation, including witch hazel wipes such as Tucks and hydrocortisone creams such as Preparation H. Hemorrhol by Life-flo is a unique natural product sold at health-food stores that contains cat's claw, green tea extract, cod liver oil and witch hazel.

Stool softeners and laxatives: If your body tends to produce hard stools, take a stool softener such as Colace (docusate). Metamucil (psyllium fiber), Dulcolax (bisacodyl) or Senokot-S (senna and docusate) are widely available laxatives. Aloe vera juice, sold at health-food stores, is a natural laxative.

Mullein tea: To reduce swelling, steep the tea bag, cool it in the refrigerator, then use it as a swab for that area.

Comfrey leaf: Buy the powdered root and make a paste out of it with water to apply externally. You can also take supplements by mouth.

Butcher's broom: Ointments and suppositories can help ease pain and improve circulation.

Silica: If you buy Cellfood's liquid silica, you can take it orally and also squirt some on a cotton pad to apply to the painful area. Silica helps strengthen and normalize tissue. Horsetail capsules (Equisetum arvense) also are a source of silica.

This information is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose your condition.

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