January 2nd, 2011
If you have developed noticeable hemorrhoids, then you are probably looking to find an appropriate treatment as soon as possible. Left untreated, the problem can become more severe and it is probably already painful, itchy, and irritating to say the least. Fortunately, you have options when it comes to hemorrhoid treatment—starting in your own home.
Treatment at Home
The most basic hemoroids treatments are modifications to your diet and lifestyle coupled with over the counter medicines. You can begin by doing everything you can to make yourself more comfortable. Alter your diet to make bowel movements easier on your body by increasing your fiber intake and after a bowel movement, you should:
• Blot gently to dry without rubbing and irritating.
• Try to keep the area clean with a cleansing agent.
• Take a sitz bath to relax and warm the area and surrounding muscles.
Make sure that you are not using products that contain either dye or perfume as these can irritate. You can take non-prescription pain medications like NSAIDS in order to treat pain and inflammation. There are also creams available to treat itching and irritation. You may also apply ice or warmth several times a day. Finally, you can relieve pressure with bed rest.
The next step up in hemorroid treatment is a fixative treatment. These non-surgical medical treatments can help with small hemorrhoids. There are two main options: Rubber band ligation and coagulation. This last can be done with light as well as lasers and electricity. In both cases the goal is to cut off the blood supply, effectively starving the hemorrhoid.
You can also treat hemorrhoids with surgery, however, this method is generally reserved for cases where other treatments are not working or are inappropriate. In this case the treatment is a hemorrhoidectomy.