Hemorrhoids are an unfortunate and common condition that can affect both men and women. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectum or outside of the anus. They can cause pain, discomfort, anal itching, and rectal bleeding.
Dr. Lynne Ahn is a board-certified gastroenterologist and anti-aging regenerative medicine physician. She regularly helps patients find relief from their hemorrhoids.
Most hemorrhoids will resolve on their own. However, depending on their severity, some hemorrhoids may require treatment from a physician. If you are concerned about your hemorrhoids, you should talk to an experienced doctor like Dr. Ahn. Depending on your hemorrhoids, she may advise you regarding at-home treatments that you can do on your own. Below are some of those treatment options for hemorrhoids.
Use Topical Treatments
There are a number of topical treatments that can help relieve hemorrhoid symptoms. These treatments include witch hazel, hydrocortisone cream and lidocaine. There are also compounded creams that can help alleviate the symptoms. When applied to the affected area they can provide some relief.
Soften Your Stool
Being constipated or having hard stools can actually contribute to hemorrhoids. If a person has hemorrhoids and is straining to go to the bathroom, they may want to consider softening their stool. One of the most common ways to do this is by using a stool softener. Increasing the amount of fiber a person consumes can also help to soften their stool. In addition to increasing the fiber in your diet, you can take a fiber supplement such as Benefiber, Citrucel, or Metamucil.
Take a Sitz Bath
A sitz bath is another way of saying a shallow bath. The primary purpose of the bath is to soak the anal area in warm water. This can help to cleanse the area and relieve hemorrhoid symptoms.
Hydration is important for your overall health. If you are dehydrated, you may have difficulties with your bowel movements which can contribute to developing hemorrhoids. Drink plenty of water and avoid substances that can make you more dehydrated.
Wipe With Care
Hemorrhoids can make the bathroom process extremely uncomfortable. It may be possible to get relief with the use of soft and gentle toilet paper or wet wipes that are medicated specifically for hemorrhoid relief. Be sure to check that your wipes are flushable before sending them down the toilet.
Get Treatment for Your Hemorrhoids
If you are tired of dealing with the pain and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids, Dr. Ahn can help you. Dr. Ahn is an expert at treating hemorrhoids. To schedule an appointment to discuss your hemorrhoid treatment options please contact Ahn Point Wellness at (781) 237-1600.