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how can you treat a hemorrhoid?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Veins: Hemorrhoids are normal veins in the anal canal. They can become inflamed or enlarged with constipation or prolonged and repeated straining to have a bowel movement. Treated at home by avoiding constipation, drink plenty of liquids, eat more fiber (fruits, vegetables, metamucil), avoid junk foods, warm bath soaks. See a surgeon if symptoms persist.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hemorrhoid help: I agree w dr. Hoepfner. It is important not to make hemorrhoids worse. Cleaning off after a bowel movement should be gentle. Pre-moistened towlettes can be used to dab the anus. Don’t wipe/rub. Pat the anus dry after cleaning. Avoid using harsh soaps that contain dyes or aromas. Cotton underwear is helpful as it absorbs moisture well. Sitz bathes can be helpful. Sit in a bathtub with warm.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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water. There needs to be enough water to submerge the anal area. Soak for about 15 minutes – several times a day. An alternative is placing ¼ cup of witch hazel & warm water in a basin. Soak for at least 15 minutes, at least twice a day. There are a number of over-the-counter medications that can used for anal itching, burning & pain. Preparation H is one of the more well known products. Oral Tylenol can also help with discomfort. It is important to try not to get hemorrhoids in the first place. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. Please discuss your hemorrhoids with your physician. If hemorrhoids become really problematic, it could require a visit to a general surgeon.
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How can you treat hemorrhoid at the comfort of home?

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Dr. Tal Raphaeli
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Fiber: The simple answer is diet and fiber. Try to avoid foods that constipated you. Add a fiber supplement powder to your diet. Don't sit on the toilet for extended periods of time. Use a barrier cream or low grade Hydrocortisone cream from time to time as needed. If there is any bleeding, however, you should see your doctor immediately.
Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Also you can do sitz bath by keeping lukewarm water in a broad tub of water wide enough to accomodate your bottom when you squatt and keep the anal region sumerged in the water for nearly 7-10 minutes ,2 -3 times a day and it helps with the reduction of inflammation in the haemorrhoids region , thereby reduce bleeding also in addition to reduction of pain.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to treat a thrombosed hemorrhoid at home?

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Dr. Tal Raphaeli
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: With some time and tlc, it will get better. Avoid trauma to the area by keeping your stools soft with fiber supplements. Use warm tub baths or sitz baths 2-3 times a day and try a medicated pain-relieving cream if you need to. It should get better over 5-7 days. If the pain persists, or if the swelling doesn't go away, you should see your doctor.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you treat a possible hemorrhoid?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Veins: Hemorrhoids are veins at the surface, under the anal-rectal mucosa. These veins are a normal part of the anatomy, but can become enlarged with constipation or straining for bowel movements. Avoid constipation. Avoid sitting & straining at the toilet too long. Warm bath soaks & high fiber diet.
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A 35-year-old male asked:

How can I treat a hemorrhoid? And should I go to my doctor about it?

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Dr. Alan Kelly
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Start w/ OTC tx: Start with over-the-counter treatments, such as Preparation H or even Hydrocortisone cream.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

I have painless external thrombosed hemorrhoid. How can I treat it at home?

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Dr. Prashant Sinha
General Surgery 19 years experience
Avoid constipation: Constipation and pushing hard to have a bowel movement can cause hemorrhoids. Avoid constipation by increasing fiber in your diet or adding a fiber supplement. A stool softener can also help. Once you stop pushing hard the hemorrhoid sometimes shrinks. Make sure a physician like a colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist looks at it to make sure it is not cancer or warts (not likely to be cancer).

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