What to do for temporary relief from hemorrhoids? Otc meds?

Limit straining. Symptoms of hemorrhoids occur from constipation, diarrhea, or general straining. Correct the cause and you will get better. May take 1-2 weeks however, and that's with sitz baths after bm, anusol-type cream or ointment, non-steroidal meds, push fluids and increase fiber in diet for constipation or take anti-diarrheal meds if appropriate.
Otc meds. Otc meds may provide temporary relief from small hemorrhoids. The office banding procedures work well for more prominent hemorrhoids. I advise my patients on how to maintain regular bowel movements and avoid straining.