Although a frequently neglected area of health care, more than half of the population is afflicted with hemorrhoids. While the signs and symptoms may come and go, it is best to treat the underlying source to prevent the condition from worsening.
Causes and Symptoms
Hemorrhoids are cushions of swollen tissue and blood vessels in the lower rectal area. Problems occur when, over time, they loosen and push into the anal canal cause itching, pain, swelling and bleeding. Hemorrhoids can occur for a number of reasons, including constipation, straining, low fiber diet and pregnancy, and can be unpleasant if left untreated.
There aren’t many good home remedy options for the treatment of hemorrhoid symptoms because the relief they provide is only temporary and they don’t eliminate the root issue causing the pain, itching, burning and discomfort.
An effective treatment for internal hemorrhoids, hemorrhoid banding offers patients a permanent and painless solution to the discomfort and recovery time associated with other hemorrhoid removal options.
Our board-certified gastroenterologists offer a permanent solution to the problems associated with hemorrhoids and anal fissures through a process called hemorrhoid ligation (or banding) with the CRH O’Regan System. This disposable hemorrhoid removal procedure is safe, painless, takes less than a minute and 99 percent of patients are able to avoid surgery using this technology.
Tips to Reduce Discomfort
- Avoid constipation by increasing the amount of fiber and liquids in your diet. Stool softeners may also be helpful to avoid constipation.
- Avoid sitting on the commode for more than two minutes to prevent excessive straining. If you can’t have a bowel movement in that time, come back later.
- Take a 15-minute sitz bath (a warm bath with a tablespoon of table salt added) three times per day and after each bowel movement if possible. Gently dry your bottom.
- Avoid prolonged sitting or other activities that will increase the pressure on your bottom. If you work at a desk all day, get up and take breaks whenever you can.
- There are many creams or suppositories for hemorrhoids, but they have limited benefits.
- Mayo Clinic
- U.S. National Library of Medicine
- National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NIH)