Both heat and ice can be beneficial for treating hemorrhoids, but they serve different purposes and can be used at different times during the healing process.
Ice can help to reduce swelling and inflammation in the hemorrhoidal area. Applying a cold compress, such as a bag of ice or a frozen gel pack, to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time can help to provide relief from pain and discomfort.
Heat, on the other hand, can help to improve blood flow and promote healing in the affected area. Applying a warm compress, such as a warm towel or sitz bath, for 15-20 minutes at a time can help to soothe the affected area and provide relief from itching and discomfort.
It’s important to note that both heat and ice should be used with caution and not applied directly to the skin. Always use a barrier, such as a towel or cloth, between the heat or cold source and your skin to prevent burns or other damage. It’s also important to talk to your healthcare provider before using heat or ice to treat hemorrhoids, especially if you have any underlying medical conditions or are taking any medications that may be affected by the treatment.