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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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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

Swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that ...Read more


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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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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?

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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Which home remediess or over-the-counter treatment are considered the best for hemorrhoids?

High fiber: A high fiber diet. Tucks (witch hazel) medicated pads per directions on them. Drink lots of water. Walk a lot. ...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

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I am breastfeeding. Is it safe for me to use over the counter hemorrhoid creams/ointments/wipes?

I am breastfeeding. Is it safe for me to use over the counter hemorrhoid creams/ointments/wipes?

Yes: There is no issue with topical hemorrhoid treatments and breastfeeding. Keep up the good work and take care of yourself! ...Read more

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How can I get rid of hemorrhoids? I have been using every over the counter relief aid foe 3 weeks. Doc said to keep using products. What's wrong w/ me

How can I get rid of hemorrhoids? I have been using every over the counter relief aid foe 3 weeks. Doc said to keep using products. What's wrong w/ me

Nothing wrong w/ you: Its a normal part of life to have medical problems. Regarding yor hemorrhoids, consider seeing a colorectal surgeon for a consultation. They are usually up to date on the latest trends in colorectal disease, and have lots of options, surgery generally being the last resort. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter medication to treat hemroids?

Are there any over-the-counter medication to treat hemroids?

There are but: If they actually work, you probably do not have a serious hemorrhoid problem. ...Read more

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My son, 19, suddenly has hemorrhoids, its not too large but he's very worried. I got an over d counter cream, germoloids. Would it go with this.

My son, 19, suddenly has hemorrhoids, its not too large but he's very worried. I got an over d counter cream, germoloids. Would it go with this.

Hemorrhoids: 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 water. There needs to >. ...Read more

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Very painful hemorrhoids. Using all over counter meds and changed diet per doctor. Still can't get rid.3 months and it hurts so bad to go to restroom?

Very painful hemorrhoids. Using all over counter meds and changed diet per doctor. Still can't get rid.3 months and it hurts so bad to go to restroom?

Why suffer more: See a surgeon, various procedures are available, simple low risk ambulatory procedure, you surgeon will explain to you. ...Read more

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What is the over-the-counter medicine for external lumpy hemorroids? It is the size of a grape

None: What you describe is an external thromboses hemorrhoid, unfortunately medicine does not help absorb the blood clot, but it usually resolves on it's own over a few days, warm bath may give you temporary relief or if severe physician can lance/excise it in the office. ...Read more

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I have a huge external hemroid, im using over-the-counter creams and its not helping. What can I do without seeing a dr.?

I have a huge external hemroid, im using over-the-counter creams and its not helping. What can I do without seeing a dr.?

Sitz baths may help: Never get constipated, strain with bm's, or sit for long on the toilet, however, if pain persists, get some help and fix it. ...Read more

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Ask a health question...Best over counter remedy for hemorrohoids?

Several: Hot sitz baths (free!), preparation h, witch hazel, or anusol all can help. High fiber diet (think "fiber one" or "all bran" cereal) and not straining can help prevent hemorrhoids. Surgery is the very last resort and usually not necessary. ...Read more

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I am 25 and am dealing with internal hemroids. Are their any over-the-counter or home remedies you recommend?

Hemorrhoid meds: If they are truly internal hemorrhoid a suppository that contains Hydrocortisone may be helpful. If not be sure to check with your dr. ...Read more

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I have had a hemmhroid for a week and been using an over-the-counter cream and it's still not better. What should I do next?

More techniques: The key to resolving the hemorrhoid is to keep your bms soft and regular. Topical creams, esp if they contain some steroid, can help. But also try to do some warm soaks (sitz bath) with epsom salt water, increase the fiber in your diet with metamucil or equivalent to soften bm's, avoid straining. Don't linger on the toilet. Don't use cheap (rough) toilet paper. These things together can help. ...Read more

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Is hemmorroid surgery worth it? I have been having trouble for months. Tried scripts n over the counter. I get relief for a bit then it comes back.

Is hemmorroid surgery worth it? I have been having trouble for months. Tried scripts n over the counter. I get relief for a bit then it comes back.

Truly a pain in the.: Thrombosed (clotted) external hemorrhoids can be very painful. Internal often bleed but no pain. Hemorroids are not dangerous conditions, but can be truly a pain in the _ _ _. So, if conservative treatments are not adequately controlling your symptoms, surgical correction (quite effective) may offer you benefit. So, I would consult doc for eval/advice...
Good luck. ...Read more

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Can hemmoroids develop into cancer? I have had a few yeas of hemmoroid problems. Some days better than others. The bad days result in pain and bleeding. Usually after cleaning and applying over the counter creams, the bleeding will stop. When I had m

Can hemmoroids develop into cancer? I have had a few yeas of hemmoroid problems. Some days better than others. The bad days result in pain and bleeding. Usually after cleaning and applying over the counter creams, the bleeding will stop. When I had m

Not usually: Do hemorrhoids cause cancer. However what ever is causing you pain and bleeding may not be hemorrhoids but something else that might have a higher risk of developing into cancer. Best to get a good colon and rectal exam by a GI doctor or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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I'm here in ksa, its been a week now im suffering from hemorrhoids, can you please help what should I do and what OTC medications I should use? Thank you

I'm here in ksa, its been a week now im suffering from hemorrhoids, can you please help what should I do and what OTC medications I should use? Thank you

Care of hemorrhoids: Medical therapies for hemorrhoids: bowel regimen (fiber, stool softeners, water, juice, laxatives and probiotics to achieve two soft bowel movements daily), salves (prep h, desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) anti fungal), and hygiene (shower, hair dryer area daily). If the medical therapy fails to control, hemorrhoids, then ask for surgical referral. There are surgeries available to help you. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoids heal without medication?

Can hemorrhoids heal without medication?

Yes: If you can find the cause of the underlying inflammation, which is usually constipation, diarrhea, excessive straining. Not all swelling and bleeding st the anus is due to hemorrhoids so be sure you have seen a professional to confirm the diagnosis, Do not self diagnose as you may be completely wrong and miss an opportunity to make a correct and early diagnosis and good prognosis ...Read more

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How can I treat my hemorrhoid? What medication can be used to treat a bleeding hemorrhoid?

How can I treat my hemorrhoid? What medication can be used to treat a bleeding hemorrhoid?

Keep moving: Hemorrhoidal cream or witch hazel can be used. Minimize them by not sitting on the toilet to read. If they interfer with your quality of life then seek out a colorectal surgeon. These can be treated and you will feel better. ...Read more

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Do you have any medications for hemorrhoids?

Do you have any medications for hemorrhoids?

Burning and itching: Hemorrhoid symptoms range from mild discomfort to burning, itching, bleeding, pressure, mass or lump in the perianal area. Symptom managed with shower, hairdryer entire area, creams, antifungals, and Lidocaine gels applied locally. More severe pain, bleeding may be a fissure. A bowel regimen, laxatives, fiber, increased dietary liquids, probiotics to achieve 2 soft stools daily. ...Read more

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What medication should I buy for hemorrhoids?

What medication should I buy for hemorrhoids?

May need surgery: Sufficiently large hemorrhoids may need to be treated surgically. See a general surgeon first for a physical examination or discuss with our gynecologist. ...Read more

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What makes some medications cause hemorrhoids?

That's not common: It's unusual for medications to cause hemorrhoids. What is more common is for medications to cause constipation which can cause hemorrhoids. The best way to avoid this is to have enough fiber in your diet. Remember that any bleeding is abnormal and should be investigated by a doctor. ...Read more

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