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Hemorrhoids are a chronic disease, meaning the symptoms persist for a long time and are constantly recurring. If you have experienced recurring bouts of hemorrhoids, your hemorrhoids likely won’t go away on their own. Left untreated, hemorrhoids often get worse over time – and therefore harder to treat. This means that a hemorrhoid that could easily be treated today could eventually require surgery.
If you’re unsure if you have hemorrhoids, consult with your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and see if you should have a colon cancer screening, or a colonoscopy. Typically, adults over the age of 50 should undergo colonoscopy at least every 10 years, or more frequently if your family has a history of GI issues.
There are a variety of at-home hemorrhoid remedies to choose from. However, while these will mask your symptoms for a short time, they provide only temporary relief. By contrast, hemorrhoid treatment performed by a qualified physician, such as the CRH O’Regan System, can relieve your hemorrhoids permanently. If you want to get rid of your hemorrhoids, not simply mask the symptoms, consider a more permanent option.
Hemorrhoid creams, such as those made by Tucks and Preparation H, are an appealing medicine to many people suffering from hemorrhoids as they can be purchased from the drugstore without a prescription and used in the privacy of the home. These creams typically contain a medicinal ingredient such as hydrocortisone along with a soothing agent to provide quick relief from hemorrhoid symptoms like itching and burning.
Whichever hemorrhoid cream you choose, it will have to be applied several times per day, especially in the morning and at night.
For External use:
Squeeze a small amount of the cream onto your finger and apply to the outside of the anus. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with warm soap and water before and after application or use a disposable glove or finger cot.
For Internal use:
If you do not see hemorrhoid relief from external application, some creams are able to be applied inside the anus. It is best to have a bowel movement before attempting to apply hemorrhoid cream this way.
Then, after thoroughly washing your hands, attach the rounded applicator tip to the cream tube. Gently squeeze the tube in order to in order to test the applicator to see how much ointment comes out. You want to aim for an amount that is similar to the length of the tip of your index finger.
Before insertion, lubricate the applicator either with the ointment, KY jelly or another safe lubricant. You may find it easiest to insert the applicator by laying on your side with your top knee drawn up towards your chest. You can then lift your upper buttock and insert the applicator until it passes your sphincter muscle (the muscle you use to hold in a bowel movement).
Squeeze the tube using the same amount of pressure as when you tested the applicator. It is recommended that you stay lying down for a few minutes and avoid having a bowel movement for one hour after application in order to keep as much medicine inside as possible.
While hemorrhoid creams, applied either externally or internally, may provide some relief, this relief is short-lived. Multiple applications are required throughout the day over multiple days in order to see prolonged relief. In addition, some creams and medicated wipes actually contain ingredients that, while initially soothing, are actually irritants that will worsen your hemorrhoids long-term.
If you’ve tried creams before, you may find that after some time your hemorrhoids do go away, but then come back weeks or even months later. This is because the creams are simply masking your symptoms rather than getting rid of the underlying issue. The only way to truly get rid of your hemorrhoids and get prolonged relief is with a hemorrhoid treatment like the CRH O’Regan System or with hemorrhoid surgery.
What You Should Know About Hemorrhoid Creams Like Preparation H
Preparation H is one of the best-selling hemorrhoid medicines available. It can be purchased in a number of varieties including wipes, creams and suppositories.
Most Preparation H products are recommended to be applied 4-6 times per day, especially in the morning and evening. The active medicinal ingredient varies between products, but most forms of Preparation H aim to reduce the inflammation that leads to some of the discomfort hemorrhoids cause. Products are available for both internal and external hemorrhoids.
Like other topical creams, Preparation H products alleviate symptoms for only a short time and do not get rid of the hemorrhoids completely. Your hemorrhoids will not go away from using Preparation H.
In addition to hemorrhoid creams, there are a number of other home remedies for hemorrhoids that can provide relief from bothersome hemorrhoids. Some people prefer natural treatments over store-bought ointments containing medicinal ingredients. No matter what home remedy you choose, it will provide only temporary hemorrhoid relief.
Some examples of hemorrhoid home remedies include:
Apple Cider Vinegar. This is an appealing at-home remedy as it can be purchased at most grocery stores; in fact, many people may already have this item in their pantries! If you are going to try apple cider vinegar for your hemorrhoids, organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is recommended.
The most common way to use apple cider vinegar is by applying it to your hemorrhoids topically. Some users report the vinegar causes stinging which may be reduced or prevented by diluting the vinegar with equal parts water prior to application.
Others say they get better results from ingesting the apple cider vinegar orally in a glass of water. Finally, some will add 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar to their sitz bath for added relief. While apple cider vinegar may provide temporary relief, only a treatment such as the CRH O’Regan System will be able to fully get rid of your hemorrhoids.
Sitz Bath. This is one of the most common ways to achieve hemorrhoid relief at home and is physician recommended. It involves sitting in warm (not hot) water mixed with epsom salts for a short period of time which encourages blood flow to the infected area and relaxes the anal sphincter.
You should sit in the sitz bath for 15 minutes at least three times per day, including after bowel movements. Be sure to dry your bottom thoroughly following the bath as moisture in the area can further irritate your hemorrhoids.
The warm water should be high enough to reach your anal area only, which can be achieved by either filling a clean bathtub to the appropriate depth or by purchasing a sitz bath from the drugstore, which is a small plastic bowl you can put on the toilet seat. If you choose to have your sitz bath in the bathtub, you will require more epsom salts to achieve the same concentration as with the store bought bath.
Witch Hazel. Although there is not conclusive scientific evidence, this plant is said to reduce pain, swelling and itching in hemorrhoids. Witch hazel is an ingredient in some hemorrhoid wipes, creams and suppositories but usually comes in liquid form.
Like other natural treatments such as tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar, witch hazel is typically applied topically. Unfortunately, while these natural remedies may provide temporary relief, they will not cause your hemorrhoids to go away completely and often contain ingredients that will inevitably worsen your hemorrhoids. Liquid witch hazel may also be added to a sitz bath.
If you have been trying to get rid of your hemorrhoids at home and they keep coming back, or if you don’t want to deal with messy creams and inconvenient applications throughout the day, speak with your doctor about another option, such as the CRH O’Regan System.
Do you really need to treat your hemorrhoids? If your symptoms have persisted or come back over a period of time, the answer is usually yes.
Home remedies for hemorrhoids may provide hemorrhoid relief for a period of time, but if symptoms come back or never completely go away, you may require help from a medical professional to get rid of your hemorrhoids for good.
Hemorrhoidectomy is a form of surgery usually performed by a general surgeon or colorectal surgeon. Surgical hemorrhoidectomy is the most effective treatment for hemorrhoids. However, because it also has the highest complication rate and results in significant pain and downtime, it is often a last resort for those suffering from hemorrhoids.
Physicians typically reserve hemorrhoid surgery for more advanced cases and will recommend less invasive therapies and/or lifestyle changes, like adding a fibre supplement to your diet, before resorting to hemorrhoid surgery.
While there are several forms of non-invasive treatment that can provide temporary hemorrhoid relief, very few are permanent. After hemorrhoid surgery, the rubber band ligation (hemorrhoid banding) technique has the lowest recurrence rate, meaning hemorrhoids are the least likely to return.
Depending on the type of hemorrhoid banding, however, this method can require sedation and/or have a high likelihood of causing pain. Unlike these other methods, the CRH O’Regan System is a form of hemorrhoid banding that can get rid of hemorrhoids for good but without any pain or sedation.