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Aloe Vera is a popular temporary treatment for hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are a fairly common medical condition that primarily affect people between the ages of 45 and 65. Hemorrhoids are defined as swollen and inflamed veins that are present in the extremities of the rectum and anus. Hemorrhoids often cause rectal bleeding but the condition is not life-threatening. In addition to rectal bleeding, those suffering also complain of other symptoms including pain, severe itching and a burning sensation around the area of infection. Hemorrhoids manifest either internally or externally. Internal hemorrhoids develop within the inner recesses of the rectum while external hemorrhoids take root on the outer parts of the anus.
People with hemorrhoids usually seek temporary relief of these painful symptoms and are always interested in hearing about natural treatments they can safely self-administer in the comfort of their home. One of the most popular of these natural DIY treatments is Aloe Vera which has long been known for its soothing topical application. Aloe Vera is a popular option for skin irritations and burns in addition to hemorrhoids as a result of the following properties of the gel:
Applying Aloe Vera to the affected area often results in very fast relief of topical symptoms. Aloe Vera gel has astringent properties. When applied to the troubled area (site of the hemorrhoids) directly, the gel causes a contraction of the tissues that inhibit fluid discharge. The plant also boasts antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Purchase a bottle of Aloe Vera gel from your local pharmacy or you can purchase a stem of the actual aloe vera plant from some specialize health foods stores. If you purchase the stem of the plant you can easily snap it to extract the gel and put it into a clean container. It is important at this stage to wash your hands thoroughly in order to prevent infecting the affected areas further. As an alternative, you could use medical gloves. Apply the gel over the hemorrhoids and massage it gently with your fingers.
You can leave the gel on the spot for some time before, usually a minimum of 15 minutes is recommended before washing the application away.
Unlike many of the other hemorrhoid home remedies, aloe vera can be consumed orally and doing so can help with constipation and hemorrhoids. However, please be warned that not all aloe vera products are edible. Please make sure you purchase consumption-grade aloe vera from a health foods store and do not confuse topical aloe vera products with edible ones.
Take note that while the use of aloe vera serves the purpose of providing relief from the symptoms and soothing the affected areas, it is generally not helpful in providing lasting relief for the condition. For long-lasting treatment, hemorrhoid banding is the least-invasive treatment on the market.
Unlike aloe vera, hemorrhoid banding is a permanent solution to hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoid Banding, otherwise called Rubber band Ligation, is a treatment for internal and external hemorrhoids. The CRH O’Regan System is the leading hemorrhoid banding treatment offered by doctors across the United States. During the CRH O’Regan System procedure, the doctor attaches a small band to the base of the hemorrhoid, with the overall aim of stopping the supply of blood to the hemorrhoidal mass. In the following days or weeks, the hemorrhoid shrinks and withers away. The shriveled mass, as well as the band, normally falls off during a regular bowel movement – in most cases, without the patient noticing. The treatment is pain-free, covered by most insurance providers and most patients can perform their regular daily activities without interference afterwards.