Before we can discuss the available hemorrhoids treatment available to you, it is best to understand what the condition is and what its symptoms are. There are various types, and each type has their own unique symptoms and side effects.
Hemorrhoid is a condition where the veins around the rectum, more specifically the anus, are inflamed, swollen, or irritated. They are caused by a number of different things. One common cause is straining as you try to pass a stool. Another is chronically being constipated. Chronic diarrhea can also be a potential cause, as can annual intercourse. Pregnancy or age may also be a factor. They are very common in both sexes and occur in over two-thirds of healthy people reporting for a physical examination. In fact, the condition is so common that many famous individuals have experienced them including, Napoleon, President Jimmy Carter, and baseball star, George Brett.
They have a variety of symptoms and the condition can be both internal and external.
Internal occur higher up the anal passage and cannot usually be seen. Bleeding is usually the only symptom in mild cases. However, they can become prolapsed and come through the anal opening, especially when you excessively strain to have a bowel movement. Though it is possible to ease the prolapsed area back into the anal rectum, it is extremely difficult to do, as well as being extremely painful.
External are visible and occur outside the anus. Typically they are skin-covered veins that have swollen and appear blue. Usually they appear without symptoms, but when inflamed they can be very painful. A blood clot, about the size of a pea, can sometimes form inside of them causing extreme pain and discomfort.
Hemorrhoids treatment can include a variety of methods and are mainly aimed at treating and/or preventing the symptoms. Though surgery is an option, it should only be an option in the worst cases. You should always consult a physician before beginning any treatment.
One treatment that aims in treating the symptoms includes the daily use of topical ointments or creams. While creams do not cure the condition, they do help to alleviate some of the burning and itching symptoms. One benefit to these ointments and creams is that they can be carried on your person relatively discreetly and used at your discretion.
A preventive treatment for the condition is maintaining a diet that includes plenty of fluids and is high in fiber. High fiber foods reduce constipation, which agitates the condition, as well as soften stools for easier bowel movements. Foods that are high in fiber include beans, whole grains, and many vegetables. You should avoid foods that contain no fiber such as cheese and ice cream. Also is best to avoid beverages that have of high level of caffeine and ph acid such as citrus fruit juices, soda, coffee, and beer and wine.