What are Common Hemorrhoid Treatment Options?

If you are suffering from hemorrhoid problems, you are undoubtedly seeking relief. Most of the time, the problems go away on their own, depending on their severity, but in extreme cases, medication or even surgical procedures are needed.

Here is an overview of hemorrhoid treatment options:

• If you are experiencing mild discomfort, you can try over-the-counter ointments, medications, creams, etc. Any product that contains hydrocortisone or witch hazel is very helpful. If nothing else, these products or herbal remedies will provide you with temporary relief. If the problems return in the future, you can try making healthier lifestyle changes, such as dieting and increasing your water intake.

• Sometimes, in external cases, a blood clot can form. When this happens, you need to visit a doctor and request that it be removed—especially if you experience any severe pain or bleeding. Fortunately, a physician can easily remove the blood clot with a simple precision, after which you will feel immediately relief.

• In more persistent, painful cases of hemorrhoids, your doctor may provide you with a treatment such as rubber band ligation, injection, or coagulation, which is a technique involving infrared light. In extreme cases, a surgical procedure may be needed, such as stapling or hemorrhoidectomy. Surgical procedures for extreme hemorrhoid cases sometimes require an overnight stay at the hospital.

• Some people try natural remedies. While they can (and usually do) provide relief, sometimes that relief is only temporary and further treatment is required. Some natural treatments include drinking a cup of boiled chamomile, ice packs, Venapro, garlic, cranberry poultice, and products with Aloe vera or witch hazel.

Keep in mind that treatments vary from one hemorrhoid case to the next. For some, it is an internal problem, and for others, external. If you are experiencing a lot of pain and bleeding, you need to see a doctor right away.

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