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How are hemorrhoids generally treated?
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Dr. Carolyn Messere
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Soak
Sitz baths (soaking in warm water) and ice can both help shrink hemorrhoids temporarily.
Avoid pushing or straining when you have a bowel movement. Increase fiber and fluid intake. Don't use a donut pillow - this can actually aggravate hemorrhoids. Wipe gently and avoid irritating the hemorrhoids. Wipes can be irritating. An oily cleanser like balneol can be helpful. See doctor if no improvement.

In brief: Soak
Sitz baths (soaking in warm water) and ice can both help shrink hemorrhoids temporarily.
Avoid pushing or straining when you have a bowel movement. Increase fiber and fluid intake. Don't use a donut pillow - this can actually aggravate hemorrhoids. Wipe gently and avoid irritating the hemorrhoids. Wipes can be irritating. An oily cleanser like balneol can be helpful. See doctor if no improvement.
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Dr. Carolyn Messere
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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Banding
Hemorrhoids can be treated with warm baths or creams with small amounts of steroids.
Recurrent symptoms may benefit from treatment with banding or infrared light treatments. Severe hemorrhoids may require surgical treatment.

In brief: Banding
Hemorrhoids can be treated with warm baths or creams with small amounts of steroids.
Recurrent symptoms may benefit from treatment with banding or infrared light treatments. Severe hemorrhoids may require surgical treatment.
Dr. Howard Hack
Dr. Howard Hack
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