Hemorrhoids are an uncomfortable condition that affect a significant number of people. There are cures available but for sufferers, finding an effective external hemorrhoid treatment is often the principle concern. Many people find relief in simply sitting in a hot bath for twenty minutes at a time, three to four times a day. Following this with a wrapped ice pack can ease the pain along with mild over-the-counter pain killers. Other external hemorrhoids treatments come in the form of creams containing topical anesthetics, which are available at most drugstores. These creams and ointments usually contain vasoconstrictors, which shrink blood vessels thus reducing the size of the external hemorrhoids. Many people use astringents containing aloe vera or witch hazel to dry and cool the skin around the hemorrhoid, helping to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms. Hydrocortisone is also used to decrease inflammation but should not be used for an extended period of time and is avaliable with a prescription from your GP, although a treatment such as Preparation H is available over the counter and can be effective in treating Hemorrhoids.
Surgery is usually reserved for when an external hemorrhoid gets to an advanced stage, but often people use this method when they need quick relief from the pain and discomfort of the problem. It is the most expensive external hemorrhoid treatment method as well as the most invasive. A doctor is first consulted and if an operation seems a viable solution after physical examination and laboratory tests, a surgery for removal of the hemorrhoids is scheduled and performed.
Thrombosed external hemorrhoid treatment
External hemorrhoids can become thrombosed. This is when a blood clot forms inside the hemorrhoid, causing significant pain. There are a range of treatment options for this condition, but many doctors recommend surgery as the safest option.
Some say that prevention is the best treatment. To prevent external hemorrhoids from ever appearing again, there are several measures that are recommended. It is believed that being overweight or obese can cause external hemorrhoids, so proper diet and exercise is recommended to prevent hemorrhoids or at least lessen the size of the lump or clot making treatment simpler. A diet high in fiber that includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables and limits saturated fats and simple sugars allows for the most healthy digestion. Another preventative measure is reducing toxins and regulating digestion by ensuring regular bowel movements, including exercise into your routine and staying well hydrated. This prevents the buildup of solids in the digestive tract and regulates metabolism, preventing the formation of external hemorrhoids. Smoking and alcohol intake should be reduced if not eliminated. It is recommended that people who are prone to external hemorrhoids wear loose clothing and underwear rather than clothes that can constrict and irritate. Eliminate the use of dyes and scents in soaps, laundry detergents and toilet paper.