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4 Treatment options for external hemorrhoids

Treatment for external hemorrhoids can be done by using some homemade remedies like seat baths with warm water, for example. However, anti-inflammatory drugs or hemorrhoid ointments may also be useful in the treatment to relieve pain and discomfort, thereby reducing hemorrhoids quickly.

When hemorrhoids are very large or arise frequently, the proctologist may indicate surgery, but usually these home remedies are effective and have a long-lasting effect.

4 Treatment options for external hemorrhoids
4 Treatment options for external hemorrhoids

So, to control a hemorrhoid in just 2 days you need:

1. Do a seat bath with warm water

A seat bath with warm water helps to relieve swelling and pain and should last about 15 to 20 minutes and can be done as often as needed. Some medicinal plants can be added in the bowl with warm water such as, chamomile, lavender, arnica and witch hazel, these may help to soothe the region by relieving pain within minutes.

2. Eat more foods rich in fiber and drink more water

A diet rich in fiber and about 2 liters of water a day can help to regulate intestinal transit and soften the stool, making it easier to defecate. So during these two days of treatment it is necessary to add fiber in every meal you eat.

A good strategy is to eat foods rich in fiber such as fig, papaya and oats, but you can also add a water-soluble fiber called Benefiber, which you can buy at a pharmacy. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of this powder in water, soup or a juice and drink at all meals.

However, it is essential to drink 2 liters of water a day, to soften the stools and improve your health. If you do not follow this recommendation, the desired effect  may not be reached and the stool can become harder, which will make the hemorrhoids worse.

3. Use hemorrhoid ointments

Good examples are Imescard, Proctosan and Ultraproct, which may be indicated by a pharmacist, proctologist or general practitioner. These ointments can help to decrease the size of the hemorrhoid and ease the pain within minutes.

4. Taking a painkiller or anti-inflammatory drugs

Paracetamol or Ibuprofen may be used under medical supervision to relieve swelling and pain caused by hemorrhoids. But if you follow the 3 tips above, you probably will not need to take these medications.

Diabetics should only use medication for hemorrhoids under medical guidance.

Usually external hemorrhoids get better after just taking a shower and using an ointment, and they may disappear after 2 or 3 days if you follow the tips above, but in the more severe cases, when there is no improvement of symptoms, surgery might be necessary.

Cautions during treatment

During treatment, you should follow the precautions below:

  • Avoid using toilet paper by washing the anal area with soap and water after bowel movements;
  • Do not lift weights;
  • Do not eat foods that are too spicy and are over seasoned;
  • Doing physical exercise, which can be a walking;
  • If necessary, use a hoop-shaped cushion with an opening in the center to seat.

Another important tip is to not force yourself to evacuate as this increases the risk of creating more hemorrhoids.

Surgery for external hemorroids

The surgery for external hemorrhoids is only indicated in the most severe cases, when the hemorrhoid is trapped in the anus or ruptures, because usually with the use of ointments, the shower and changes in your diet, the external hemorrhoid disappears.

However, after surgery, you should continue to eat a high fiber diet and avoid making an effort to evacuate to prevent the appearance of new hemorrhoids.

Signs your getting better

The signs that your external hemorrhoids are improving includes pain relief, especially when sitting and evacuating, as well as the reduction of hemorrhoid swelling and the decrease or disappearance of blood in bowel movements. In addition, the fact that the you can no longer feel the hemorrhoids means that they have disappeared.

Signs your getting worse

Signs that external hemorrhoids have worsened include increased pain, especially when sitting or defecating, as well as hemorrhoid swelling. In addition, external hemorrhoid may be larger when the individual palpates, and may lose more blood with bowel movements.

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