Having hemorrhoids can be a very embarrassing and painful experience. Being forced to ask advice from a friend or family member, or perhaps even your doctor, can be humiliating. Understand that hemorrhoids are a medical condition, you have no reason to be embarrassed.
Luckily, modern medicine has created several ways to treat hemorrhoids to help alleviate some of the discomfort that hemorrhoids causes. Many of these remedies can be performed from home. If you experience intolerable pain or excessive swelling you may have developed a blood clot in your hemorrhoid and should see a doctor for the treatment suitable for you.
Avoid using over the counter medications to help with your hemorrhoids. Some of these medications have been known to actually increase the amount of time it takes the hemorrhoid to heal.
A sitz bath (also called a hip bath) is a bath where only your hips and buttocks are immersed in the water. You can use hot water, or a saline solution if you’d like (water should work just fine).
A hot sitz bath is recommended several times per day, and many doctors also recommend it after every bowel movement. The bath should help lessen the pain and swelling from the hemorrhoids. Make sure that you dry yourself very well to avoid any unnecessary friction (which can tear open the hemorrhoid).
Eating light, green vegetables such as salad can make your stools softer and can help with the pain associated with having a bowel movement. As well, be sure to increase your natural fiber intake to avoid constipation.
Staying hydrated has several benefits aside from being beneficial to your skin and natural body systems. In the case of hemorrhoids it will help your stools stay softer and will help your body replenish any blood lost to bleeding from the hemorrhoids.
Sitting on the hemorrhoids for prolonged periods of time may agitate it and cause more bleeding and swelling. Sitting on an inflatable ring may help alleviate this problem.
Medical or Surgical Treatments
Though hemorrhoids can usually be treated by a hot sitz bath and some minor dietary changes, if you develop a blood clot or other complications you may need other medical solutions, possibly even surgery.
This is the medical term for “hemorrhoid with a blood clot”, and can be very painful. Luckily, the procedure to rectify the clot can be performed at nearly any emergency room or walk in clinic.
The doctor will simply cut away the clot and fill the wound with an anesthetic. A bandage is then put over top to stop any bleeding.
Many times a doctor will be able to reposition the internal hemorrhoids without any type of surgery, allowing you to pass them through. However, if you are very swollen or have some other complication you will probably need surgery.
Failure to consult a doctor may result in the hemorrhoid “dying”. It may seem to be a good thing, but it almost always results in infection. If it becomes infected you may experience extreme pain and become very ill.
In most cases hemorrhoids relief can be taken care of at home following use of the right hemorrhoid treatment. If you experience any amount of unexpected pain or discomfort, or you become very ill, consult your doctor immediately.