How to Treat and Get Rid of Hemorrhoids
Simple procedures and home remedies are enough to treat hemorrhoids in most of the cases.
A wide variety of treatment options exist for hemorrhoids, depending on the type of hemorrhoid and the seriousness of the symptoms.
For treating or preventing avoiding constipation is important, this could be done by following a simple diet plan and adjusting the lifestyle.
Intake of a high-fiber diet can help make stools softer and more comfortable to pass through the intestine, this reduces the strain on the bowel movements.
If you cannot have enough fiber through food, there are many supplements available in the market.
Homemade remedies and some steps to ease the discomfort that is caused by hemorrhoids:
Sitz bath, Sitting in lukewarm water for fifteen to twenty minutes, twice or thrice a day can reduce the itching and irritation. You can do this using the regular bathtub, or there are small tubs which can be mounted on toilet seat are also available in the market. After a sitz bath, gently pat the area with a dry towel to avoid further irritation.
Applying ice packs on the area will help to relieve swelling and pain.
Don’t strain or push too hard while passing stool.
Avoid using dry toilet papers, this increases the further irritation, instead use the moistened pads like baby wipes.
Sitting on cushions will help to lessen the swelling of the hemorrhoids and prevent forming of new hemorrhoids.
Patients can use over the counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin.
Medication for Hemorrhoid:
Which Ones to Use?
A large variety of OTC ointments, pads and creams for hemorrhoid pain relief are available in the pharmacies. NIDDK organization states that a person can use the OTC
medicines for a week if symptoms persist the patient should follow up with the doctor.
The creams and suppositories which contain hydrocortisone will weaken the skin cells and make the skin thin. So it is not recommended to use beyond a week.
A stool softener, such as Citrucel (methylcellulose), a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil (psyllium), can help reduce or prevent constipation.
Laxatives can lead to diarrhea and worsen hemorrhoid symptoms, avoid them.
Medical Procedures for Hemorrhoids that are hard to cure with home remedies.
If hemorrhoids cannot be cured with home remedies and treatments, medical procedures should be used.
If a person is suffering from external hemorrhoids, a doctor may recommend to excise the hemorrhoids in one clinical sitting. The patient will be injected local anesthesia, to numb the area during the procedure.
Doctor’s office procedures to treat internal hemorrhoids:
The most common method to treat the internal hemorrhoids is Rubber Band Ligation. In this procedure can be used on grade 1,2, and 3 internal hemorrhoids, during anoscopy the doctor puts a rubber band at the base of the hemorrhoids, which cuts off the blood supply to hemorrhoids. Within a week hemorrhoid will be shrunken and fall, the doctor might ask for few follow-ups before the hemorrhoid is completely cut off.
There are many ways to treat hemorrhoids. It is best to discuss the risks and benefits of each of them with your doctor to figure out a treatment plan for your case.