PAT yourself dry with a wet soft cloth (you can use soft toilet paper, but really cloth feels the best). Don't rub! You can use a squirt bottle (or peri bottle) if you don't feel clean enough, then pat again. Do NOT let soap get to your anus during a shower -- soap is very irritating.
Cool compresses will help shrink the hemmoroid as will sitting on a donut pillow (it takes pressure off the rectum when you sit).
Avoid spicy and acidic foods temporarily (definitely no caffeine!), they tend to irritate and already irritated colon.
Get a small stool or box and put it in the bathroom, when you want to "go" put your feet up on it to raise your knees, that will put you into a much more natural squatting position and will help you have a BM without as much strain.
An epsom salt bath is also very soothing.
FYI....I like Thayer's Witch Hazel -- alcohol free. All preparation H is is witch hazel + water + additives
at 6:53 PM on Aug. 22, 2009