Although persistent hemorrhoids and rectal bleeding should always be examined by a medical professional, there are at-home remedies you can use to treat mild cases of hemorrhoids and prevent hemorrhoids from forming in the future. If you have questions about colon and bowel health, or if you’re suffering from persistent hemorrhoids, feel free to call La Peer Health Systems’ Hemorrhoid Center of Excellence at (888) 742-2032 for a consultation.
If you’re already suffering from hemorrhoids, you can take actions to prevent the condition from worsening. Our colorectal surgeons recommend wiping gently with damp toilet tissue or baby wipes to avoid irritating the area around the hemorrhoid. When bathing, use soaps without perfumes or harsh dyes.
Relieve the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids can cause sufferers a great deal of pain and discomfort. Using over-the-counter (OTC) hemorrhoid creams or pads containing witch hazel may help reduce the pain associated with the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Non-prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatories can help relieve pain and itching. You may also want to try applying an ice pack to the afflicted area several times a day. Wearing cotton underwear and avoiding tight-fitting clothing can further help alleviate discomfort.
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Avoid Hemorrhoids in the Future
Lifestyle changes may be necessary to avoid hemorrhoids in the future. Preventing constipation and straining can help avoid hemorrhoids, so our Los Angeles colorectal specialists recommend eating a high-fiber diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Exercising regularly and drinking lots of fluids are also necessary for good overall colorectal health.
Know When to Seek Medical Treatment
When hemorrhoids don’t go away without help, medical intervention may be required. If your hemorrhoids haven’t improved after a few days with home treatments, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our colorectal experts.
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact a doctor right away:
- Serious rectal pain lasting longer than a week
- Prolapsed hemorrhoids lasting more than a few days
- Heavy rectal bleeding
Although hemorrhoids are not usually life threatening, they can sometimes be confused with other more serious conditions. If you’re concerned about your colorectal health, feel free to make an appointment with our Los Angeles gastrointestinal specialists.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are OTC hemorrhoid treatments effective?
A: Over-the-counter hemorrhoid treatments like creams and ointments can be effective in treating mild cases of external hemorrhoids by relieving the pain and itching associated with the condition.
Q: How soon should my hemorrhoids begin to improve?
A: Your hemorrhoids should heal in about a week. If hemorrhoids last longer, you may need to seek professional medical assistance.
Q: When should I seek professional treatment for hemorrhoids?
A: You may need to see a colorectal surgeon or GI specialist for hemorrhoids lasting longer than a week or any severe rectal bleeding or pain.
Q: What if my problem isn’t caused by hemorrhoids?
A: The board-certified doctors at the Hemorrhoid Center of Excellence are experts at diagnosing various colorectal problems. If your symptoms are not caused by hemorrhoids, our surgeons may want to perform a colonoscopy or another screening test to determine the source.
Contact Our Hemorrhoid Specialists Today
Taking steps to alter your lifestyle and bathroom habits cannot only help treat your hemorrhoids now but also prevent hemorrhoids from developing in the future. If you would like more information about preventing hemorrhoids, or if you think you need treatment, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment by calling (888) 742-2032.
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