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This article was published on July 16, 2012, and was last updated on May 1st, 2019 in Hemorrhoid Banding.
Millions of people suffer from hemorrhoids every year, and most feel they cannot get rid of their hemorrhoids quickly enough. For those unfamiliar with hemorrhoids, the term refers to a cluster of enlarged blood vessels located in the lower rectum and anus. Frequently, straining when moving one’s bowels and a lack of activity are blamed for hemorrhoids, but there are other causes of hemorrhoids, including pregnancy, which causes increased abdominal pressure that may lead to hemorrhoid development. Symptoms of hemorrhoids include bright blood in the stool or on the toilet paper, swelling, rectal itching, and pain.
There are many ways to get rid of hemorrhoids, and most are quick and painless. It should be noted, however, that hemorrhoids may be a symptom of a more serious health condition. Those suffering from frequent outbreaks of hemorrhoids should seek medical attention and schedule a colon cancer screening.
Many people want to know how to get rid of hemorrhoids without surgery. One of the more common remedies suggested is a sitz bath several times a day as a warm tub of water can provide soothing relief for hemorrhoid pain. Each session should last at least ten minutes for optimum effectiveness.
A special hemorrhoid cream can also be used to treat the itching,pain, and general discomfort associated with hemorrhoids. Prolonged use of these preparations should not be undertaken without the evaluation of a physician in order to see if a more serious problem exists. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can also be taken to reduce pain and inflammation.
Some hemorrhoids will clear up on their own, but in many cases, additional treatment options may be necessary to fully get rid of hemorrhoid symptoms. This is particularly true for internal hemorrhoids that cannot be treated using over-the-counter measures. Rubber band ligation is the most common non-surgical treatment for hemorrhoids and involves a small rubber band that is wrapped around the engorged vessels, causing the tissue to fall off after several days. Depending on the technology used, this treatment can be painless and very effective in the majority of cases
Other non-surgical hemorrhoid treatments include infrared photocoagulation. This involves cauterizing the abnormal vessels and reducing the blood supply so that the hemorrhoid will disappear. These treatments are effective in cases where only very small hemorrhoids are present.