Safe and Healthy Hemorroids Treatment
Most actions aimed at hemorrhoids treatment can be performed at home. You can change your life mode or balance out your diet as you see fit. However, you do need a doctor’s consultation, and chances are this will require surgery and medications.
If symptoms do not go further than a slight discomfort, your physician may recommend creams, ointments, pads or suppositories that are available at any drugstore. They contain witch hazel, hydrocortisone and other ingredients that can give at least a temporary relief.
It is not recommended to use over-the-counter products for more than a week without your doctor’s direction, because there is a likelihood of side effects, such as inflammation, irritation, rash and other skin problems. Anyway, it takes a visit to a doctor to outline a course of hemorrhoids treatment.
In case of an external hemorrhoid and a blood clot forming in it, hemorrhoids treatment is easy, as it takes as little as a slight incision to gain relief.
In a case whereby you have a continuous bleeding and much pain, you may have to undergo other simple procedures. Such hemorrhoids treatment can be performed in your physician’s office or a clinic.
- Rubber band ligation. In order to stop blood circulation, your doctor fixes one or two small constricting rubber bands at the base of the internal hemorrhoids. The swelling shrinks and comes off over a few days. This is called ‘rubber band ligation’ and it has helped many people. However, one has to be ready to deal with discomfort or bleeding (rarely severe) after two to four days after the procedure is performed. The hemorrhoid shrinks and falls off within a few days.
- Injection (sclerotherapy). This hemorrhoids treatment procedure lies in injecting a chemical solution into the hemorrhoid, so that it gets smaller in size. It is less painful than rubber band litigation, but it is often less effective.
- Treatment through infrared, laser or bipolar coagulation. These hemorrhoids treatment procedures are aimed at hardening internal hemorrhoids and making them more movable with the help of laser, infrared light or heat. Although this sort of hemorrhoids treatment has no side effects, there is a high recurrence rate compared to rubber band treatment.
- Surgery. If you fail to treat hemorrhoids otherwise, and it is still large and painful, you may need an operation. If other procedures haven’t been successful or you have large hemorrhoids, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure. This can be done on an outpatient basis or may require a brief hospitalization.
- Hemorrhoidectomy. This is the most effective way of hemorrhoids treatment that almost guarantees complete recovery. However, it is fraught with complications. The goal of the operation is to remove the hemorrhoids tissue. The procedure can incorporate various techniques and may require various types of anesthesia – local, spinal or general. Side effects are temporary and may include urination difficulties and possible urinary tract infections. Post-surgical pain is common in such cases, and it can be relieved by some medications. Warm bath can be good too.
- Stapling. This hemorrhoids treatment procedure (also termed hemorrhoidectomy or stapled hemorrhoidopexy), is performed to block blood flow to the tissue. Stapling is less painful than hemorrhoidectomy and brings faster recovery. However, stapling involves a greater risk of recurrence and rectal prolapse, which causes part of the rectum to protrude from the anus. Your doctor will help you choose the most suitable hemorrhoid treatment strategy for you.
Knowledge can help you prevent Ills
Our body is quite a complex mechanism with interconnected organs and systems that work in tandem to keep us going. Most often our knowledge of various medical conditions or maladies that are inflicted upon our body is limited and hence we suffer until such time that we are no longer able to bear and seek medical help. But many times with a bit of knowledge and awareness of the common afflictions one can take preventive action and effectively fight the onslaught of possible disease.