Anyone who has ever suffered with haemorrhoids knows that they can be extremely uncomfortable and, on occasion, painful. Haemorrhoids are also something that we often dont like to discuss – even with our own medical practitioner. There are a number of causes of haemorrhoids – generally they are the result of excessive pressure being placed on the veins in the anus due, perhaps, to constipation and straining during bowel movements or pregnancy and labour.
There are a number of haemorrhoids treatments that can be taken at home if they are still in the early stages. One of the most important haemorrhoids treatments is really more of a lifestyle change – in order to make bowel movements easier to pass efforts should be made to soften the stools. Increasing the amount of fibre in our diet as well as our fluid intake will result in softer stools. Eating more fruit, vegetable and whole grains will all increase the level of dietary fibre we ingest. It is also possible to buy over the counter remedies to soften the stools. Drinking at least the recommended eight glasses of water daily is essential for good health generally but especially so for anyone suffering with haemorrhoids. Using witch hazel wipes around the anus may be soothing and cleansing. It is also important to avoid sitting for long periods – try to get up and move around every so often to relieve the pressure on your pelvic region and to stimulate the circulation in the area.
Alternative haemorrhoids treatment
If you have tried the various home remedies for your haemorrhoids without success it may well be time to seek the advice of your medical professional in order to consider medical intervention. There are a number of haemorrhoids treatments available, your doctor will consider the severity of your condition before making a decision about the best one for you, as well as the length of time you have had the haemorrhoids.
Laser haemorrhoids treatment is currently the best available method of treating haemorrhoids. It is extremely accurate and has been found to be successful in removing the most stubborn haemorrhoids.
Laser treatment is practically pain free and also extremely quick; it has a short recovery time and less risk of complications such as excessive bleeding. Laser treatment can be done as an outpatient procedure in the doctors office with no need for an overnight stay in hospital.
Rubber band ligation
Rubber band ligation is an internal hemorrhoids treatment involving the placement, by the doctor, of tiny rubber bands around the hemorrhoid, this rubber band stops the blood supply to the painful hemorrhoid which will then naturally drop off after several days.
Surgery for hemorrhoids is generally only considered as a last resort – it is more invasive than other treatments and involves total removal of the hemorrhoids. This type of surgery necessitates a hospital stay and has a longer recovery time as well as carrying the usual risks associated with a general anesthetic and any surgical procedure.