There are a number of treatment options available for those who suffer from external and internal hemorrhoids. Pills, suppositories, home remedies and banding are a few treatment options. Others include chemical injection and surgery.
Generally speaking you don’t need to worry a lot about having a mild case of hemorrhoids because this usually only requires a few lifestyle changes, such as performing simple exercises or eating healthier. The good news is mild hemorrhoids tend to improve within two weeks. Sometimes people see amazing results within 6 months.
1. The Symptomatic Treatments
Some treatments available for hemorrhoids in the early stages include regular sitz baths, astringents and lubricants and anesthetics. Some people take Ibuprofen to help with symptoms. Ibuprofen is available in both tablet form and gel form.
The above treatments are designed to help ease symptoms and they don’t really treat hemorrhoids. However, there are more complete treatment options out there. These options are considered to be long-term treatments.
There are combined treatments people can use. These treatments can consist of using herbal medicines and over-the-counter medications. Such treatments can help you get relief from pain and swelling, as well as the general discomfort that hemorrhoids can cause.
2. Internal Bleeding Hemorrhoids
If you suffer from internal bleeding hemorrhoids, then see a doctor. A doctor will take a look at you and they will prescribe medicine you can take. Some of these remedies may include internal creams that are not available over-the-counter.
3. External Hemorrhoids
Treatment options for this type of hemorrhoid varies. There are many remedies that are available over-the-counter and there are herbal remedies available. Some people turn to home remedies to treat these types of hemorrhoids. Treatments come in the form of pills, creams or suppositories.
4. Over-The-Counter (OTC) Remedies
You can use vasoconstrictors, and they will constrict the blood vessels, which can lead to a reduction in swelling and bleeding, but make sure you see a doctor before you decide to use it. Anesthetics and analgesics can be used to help with swelling and reduce pain, and you can use them for internal hemorrhoids too.
Laxatives can help you deal with constipation, but be careful because you will want to make sure you don’t become dehydrated, and you can use calamine, as this too can help with bleeding hemorrhoids.
Astringents can be used to help dry and reduce symptoms such as itching, burning, pain and bleeding. Hydrocortisone is a cream and it is known to be very effective, but you do not want to use it on a regular basis, nor do you want to use it on a long-term basis because it may lead to making the condition even worse.
Another over-the-counter treatment consists of taking vitamin B6, which you should consider taking if you lack vitamin B6.
5. Home Remedies And Herbal Remedies
There are several natural treatments to relieve hemorrhoids that you can use. For example, witch hazel is one of the most widely used. This is an extract cream and when you apply it, it can help reduce inflammation and bleeding associated with external hemorrhoids.
You can also use apple cider vinegar by putting some on a piece of cotton and then applying it to the affected area. A lot of people consider this to be one of the most effective ways to treat external hemorrhoids.