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Are there effective over-the-counter medication to reduce hemorrhoid pain?

Are there effective over-the-counter medication to reduce hemorrhoid pain?

Not really: Most over the counter medications only temporarily improve hemorrhoids. Ice and sitz baths (soaking in warm water), as well as avoiding constipation by increasing fiber and fluid intake, work just as well for less money. Also try a moisturizing cleanser like balneol to decrease your irritation when wiping. Wipes and plain toilet paper can be really irritating. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

The veins in the rectum can swell and become puffy when a person has frequent pressure on them from pushing out a bm. This is constipation. The swollen veins can burn, itch, or sometimes become severely painful (from a clot building up inside). Veins in the rectum are called hemorrhoidal veins and the sick, stretched out vein ...Read more


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Are there effective over-the-counter medication to reduce a hemorrhoid outbreak?

Are there effective over-the-counter medication to reduce a hemorrhoid outbreak?

Yes: First, make certain they are hemorrhoids, and have a doctor look. Second, get some tucks (witch hazel) pads - and follow instructions. Third, get some fiber supplements- like citrucelle - which is over the counter- and start taking it daily. ...Read more

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I have an infected hemorrhoid that leaks puss. Over the counter medication or go to the doctor?

I have an infected hemorrhoid that leaks puss. Over the counter medication or go to the doctor?

See a doctor: If you are concerned about an infection, over the counter products will not be effective. If there is pus or infection, see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter med for external hemorrhoids ?

Celery: External hemorroids are engorged veins around the anus. The most common cause is increased pressure during defecation from constipation. Otc remedies are of little or no proven benefit. Increased dietary fiber and lots of water makes stooling easier and will help. Painful thrombosed hemorrhoids should be seen by a doctor. Hemorroids from liver cirrhosis must be seen by your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Are there any good over-the-counter medicine for internal hemorrhoids?

Are there any good over-the-counter medicine for internal hemorrhoids?

Yes: First line treatment of hemorrhoids involves stool softeners, a healthy high fiber diet to bulk stools, possible suggestion of lubricants to ease the passage of hard stools, sitz baths ( warm water) to ease discomfort and swelling, gentle hygiene with moistened tp or medicated wipes--all otc, not brand name specific and widely available anywhere. If symptoms persist, see your doc for other rx! ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of an external hemorrhoid at home without over-the-counter cream?

What do I do to get rid of an external hemorrhoid at home without over-the-counter cream?

If not thrombosed: Or clotted, bed rest for 24-48 hours with feet above hips, warm tub soaks for 15 -20 minutes 3-4 times per day and sometimes ice pack for 5 minutes at a time will usually work. If thrombosed and hard to the touch might consider incision and drainage by colorectal surgeon in the office to shorten the time of discomfort and swelling and bleeding. ...Read more

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External hemorrhoid right outside anus, it's not hard & no pain, but bleeds.Been there a long while.Over the counter treatments for it please?

Treat constipation: For hemorrhoids i would use a stool softener to keep stools runnier. Also, it will decompress the bowel and allow the hemorrhoids to start to shrink. I would use any over the counter hemorrhoid medication. They all work reasonably well. Finally, i would use a step stool in the bathroom to keep knees above hips while on the toilet to minimize straining. ...Read more